50 Books from Amazon's Books to Read in Your Lifetime ...

Whether you’re a bookworm or you just dip in and out of reading, book recommendations are always welcome. With millions of books to choose from, having a pointer towards something that you would enjoy or find relevant and edifying is a good thing – right? I’ve picked out 50 from the list of 100 as recommended by the book editors at Amazon:

1. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

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Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction where after 50 years of being a wife and mother, Enid want to have a little fun.
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2. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

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A crazy story about Marlowe, a war veteran, a nymphomaniac wife, Lennox, gangsters and cops.
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3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

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The epic books on which they based some of the best films of all time of the same name.
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4. Moneyball by Michael Lewis

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This is a book on the quest for the secret of success in baseball.
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5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney

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A funny book that loosely recounts the events of a wimpy kid’s life.
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6. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

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All about the serial killer that used the 1893 World’s fair to lure in his victims.
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7. Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

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What would happen if you could re-live your life in order to get it right this time?
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8. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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A stunning piece of fiction set within a rich family in the 1870s.
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9. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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A book that comes out against war.
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10. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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An abridged version of the classic Wind in the Willows world.
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11. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

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Meet Milo and follow his adventures within Lands Beyond with Tock, the captive princess and Humbug.
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12. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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The story of how the cells of a poor black tobacco farmer were taken and eventually proved vital in medical science for cloning and vaccinations for polio.
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13. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

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A ground-breaking look at memory, war, imagination and storytelling.
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14. Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

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Take a look at the life of an emotionally impaired everyman who meets his father for the first time at the age of 36.
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15. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: a Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson

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A book upon which there is based a classic movie about the time two drug soaked idiots take a trip to Vegas.
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16. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

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The smartest person of our time is a British man that is almost completely disabled. He gives his insight on time and the universe.
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17. The Bad Beginning: or, Orphans!

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Death, villains, cold porridge, threats and much more. A story about a bad beginning.
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18. 1984 by George Orwell

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George Orwell’s classic where he explains his vision of the future in 1984. It remains a haunting view of a possible future.
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19. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

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A classic piece of literature revolving around a young woman trapped in an attic hiding from Nazi troops.
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20. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

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A funny but true story about a chef and his life of sex, drugs and cooking.
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21. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

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This book features the escapist adventures of two young men in 1939.
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22. Bel Canto (P.S.)

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A captivating and romantic story.
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23. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

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The book upon which all the movies are based about the adventures of an invisible man.
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24. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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The book upon which the movie of the same name is based where a young woman commits suicide in a way that frames her boyfriend as the killer.
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25. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

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A young girls having trouble growing up and choosing a religion talks things over with her own private god.
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26. The Shining by Stephen King

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The classic and scary tale of a family charged with looking after a hotel in a remote region are harassed by ghouls until the man is driven to insanity.
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27. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

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The Little Prince comes to life in a format perfect for teen readers.
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28. The Liars' Club: a Memoir by Mary Karr

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Memoirs of a childhood in Texas.
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29. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

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A college senior loses both of his parents to cancer, then inherits his eight-year-old brother and all within five weeks.
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30. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

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The story of Calliope Stephanides and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family.
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31. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

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This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people.
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32. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

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A book on how children are given guns, drugs and used as soldiers.
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33. Dune by Frank Herbert

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Set on a planet called Dune and the basis for the games and movies of the same name.
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34. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

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A look at life in Haiti as seen through the eyes of a young girl.
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35. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan

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The book that started the movie saga of the same name.
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36. Born to Run - a Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

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A search to a tribe of distance runners.
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37. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

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This is a book about how the banning of DDT changed the ways that laws affect our land, air and people.
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38. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Dealing with a stillborn birth whilst undergoing nightly blackouts.
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39. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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A history of Abraham Lincoln, the US president.
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40. The Giver by Lois Lowry

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This notes a perfect world, or a seemingly perfect world.
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41. The Stranger by Albert Camus

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An ordinary man is somehow sucked into a murder case on the Algerian beach.
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42. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

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A humorist collects together his strongest work yet.
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43. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

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An expository look at the most famous terrorist organization and the run up to it.
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44. Beloved by Toni Morrison

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A story around a slave that was freed but was still not free.
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45. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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A piece of twentieth-century literature that is set in a bleak and dystopian future.
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46. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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A life that is terminal is featured whilst undergoing a medical miracle that shrinks cancer.
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47. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

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An autobiographical story of an orphan that is eager for life.
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48. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

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A look at the disillusionment of the post-World War I generation.
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49. The Omnivore's Dilemma: a Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

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How as omnivores in a world where we choose what to eat, we may be evolving ourselves into oblivion.
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50. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

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A great look at the world of neurological disorders and a real eye-opener that shows how bizarre some of the worlds are that some people live in.
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There’s something here for all tastes. Anything of interest to you?

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