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

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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:

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1

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen 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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The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler 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

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien 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

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

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney A funny book that loosely recounts the events of a wimpy kid’s life.
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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson 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

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson 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

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton A stunning piece of fiction set within a rich family in the 1870s.
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9

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut A book that comes out against war.
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10

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame An abridged version of the classic Wind in the Willows world.
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11

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster 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

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 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

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien A ground-breaking look at memory, war, imagination and storytelling.
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14

Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware 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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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: a Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: a Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson 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

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking 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!

The Bad Beginning: or, Orphans! Death, villains, cold porridge, threats and much more. A story about a bad beginning.
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18

1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell 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

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank 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

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain 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

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon This book features the escapist adventures of two young men in 1939.
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22

Bel Canto (P.S.)

Bel Canto (P.S.) A captivating and romantic story.
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23

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 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

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 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

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret 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

The Shining by Stephen King 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

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry 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

The Liars' Club: a Memoir by Mary Karr Memoirs of a childhood in Texas.
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29

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers 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

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 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

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie 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

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah A book on how children are given guns, drugs and used as soldiers.
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33

Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune by Frank Herbert 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

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat 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

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan 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

Born to Run - a Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall A search to a tribe of distance runners.
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37

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson 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

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri Dealing with a stillborn birth whilst undergoing nightly blackouts.
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39

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin A history of Abraham Lincoln, the US president.
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40

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry This notes a perfect world, or a seemingly perfect world.
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41

The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Stranger by Albert Camus 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

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris 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

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright An expository look at the most famous terrorist organization and the run up to it.
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44

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison A story around a slave that was freed but was still not free.
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45

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 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

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 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

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham An autobiographical story of an orphan that is eager for life.
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48

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 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

The Omnivore's Dilemma: a Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan 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

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks 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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Where Thoughts and Opinions Converge

I'm glad to see that Ray Bradbury was included in the list, in my opinion he's one of the greatest American writers ever, but I think that there are much better books written by him than Fahrenheit, for example The Golden Apples of the Sun or The Illustrated Man. Sadly, it's hard to find editions of these books nowadays.

Something for everyone indeed! Very eclectic list, but....of course lists provoke additions, subtractions, and even more lists..I must agree with Andi, John Steinbeck has to have a book on the list, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest should be there! Stephen King over John Steinbeck? The Shining, of all novels? Go see Kubrick's movie, which is infinitely better than King's book. A Brief History of Time? I tried to read that book when it was first published, and I defy the "average" reader to declare he or she sat and read that book cover to cover and understood a page of it! If you can explain E=mc2, and understand the theory of relativity, then you can read and comprehend Hawking. The man is a genius, but I am not, and try as I might, I simply could not understand that book. Should you aspire to read Stephen Hawking? Absolutely! Should you expect his books to read like Stephen King's? Definitely not! Just to stir a bit more debate, I would replace All The President's Men with Robert Penn Warren's classic All The King's Men; I would includeThe Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe over The Right Stuff; a list with no Dr. Suess? No way! I add Horton Hears a Who; no David Halberstam? Impossible! I add The Best and the Brighest; I would swap Ball Four by Jim Bouton for Moneyball; and I would have to include The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, and, I Know This Much Is True, by Wally Lamb; any list should include at least one contemporary crime novelist, so I nominate Lawrence Block and Sins of the Fathers, and/or Evidence of Blood by Thomas H. Cook; and call me Ishmael, but where, oh where is Herman Melville's Moby Dick?

Thanks Desiree, I loved Farenheit 451 so I'm going to look up the others. Wasn't The Illustrated Man made into a movie?

I must say there should be a spot on the list for Maya Angelou books. #gonebutnotforgotten

Dead Inside by Chandler Morrison 👌

The diary of anne frank is super sad

of mice and men is good, also the odyssey, and of course Harry potter!! side note: he description for gone girl is wrong and also a spoiler...

I love how the shining and diary of a wimpy kid are on the same list. It makes me happy

I loved The Sun Also Rises. The title itself is motivational when you're having a bad day.

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