I've got about six bookshelves around my house that are overflowing with reads. And yet every time I'm at Barnes and Noble, I can't resist buying more. I'm a bookaholic, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Everyone knows there are books you should read, the so-called classics, the books that get worked into school curriculums around the world. But what about the lesser-knowns? The books to read before you die that aren't necessarily on everyone's list, they still deserve to be read.
I'm one of those whose bookshelves are split down the middle between books I've read, and books I haven't read. I promised myself last week that I wouldn't buy another book until I read ten books on my shelf. But then I found myself at a bookstore yesterday and, as any bibliophile can predict, I wound up with another book to stow on my shelves. I'm a voracious reader, but there's no way I'm going to make it through all the books that catch my eye before I die. Even if I live to 102 years old. So I've prioritized a list of 23 books to read before you die, for you, for me, and for you to pass along to your favorite bibliophile. Happy reading!
1. 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time' by Mark Haddon
2. 'The Year Of Magical Thinking' by Joan Didion
3. 'The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao' by Junot Diaz
Oscar is an overweight ghetto nerd who dreams of falling in love, becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien, and much more. The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao follows the young nerd as he attempts to pursue his dreams in the face of an old family curse he knows is preventing him from living life to its fullest potential.
4. 'The Phantom Tollbooth' by Norton Juster
5. 'Never Let Me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro
6. 'Geek Love' by Katherine Powell
7. 'All About Love' by bell hooks
8. 'The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay' by Michael Chabon
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is an incredibly original adventure when young escape artist and magician Joe Kavalier arrives on his cousin Sammy Clay's doorstep. Things only get better from there. Together, they spin comic-book tales together in the late '30s in New York, and captivate readers with their stories.
9. 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle' by Haruki Murakami
10. 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy
11. 'The Poisonwood Bible' by Barbara Kingsolver
12. 'The Liars Club' by Mary Karr
13. 'A Short History Of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson
In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bryson explores the age old questions of the universe, and attempts to understand the world as a whole. Diving in, with the help of scientists, anthropologists, mathematicians and more, he provides readers with all the information they'll ever need.
14. 'The Godfather' by Mario Puzo
15. 'Bel Canto' by Ann Patchett
16. 'The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot
17. 'The God Of Small Things' by Arundahti Roy
18. 'Valley Of The Dolls' by Jacqueline Susann
19. 'Life After Life' by Kate Atkinson
20. 'The Red Tent' by Anita Diamant
21. 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini
This sweeping story takes place across the backdrop of tumultuous Afghanistan, and an unlikely friendship formed between a wealthy son of the nation, and the son of his father's servant. The Kite Runner will change the way you think about betrayal and redemption, and take you on a beautiful journey.