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
Following the death of her husband and the hospitalization of their daughter, Didion embarked on a journey of self-discovery.
takes readers right along with her as she mourns, recovers, and thinks magically. The Year of Magical Thinking Click here to buy. 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.
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. The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao Click here to buy. 4 'The Phantom Tollbooth' by Norton Juster
is geared towards middle-readers, this is a must-read for any adult who hasn't already read it. Even adults who The Phantom Tollbooth have read it. Just everyone. Everyone should read this book. Click here to buy. 5 'Never Let Me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro
A story of nostalgia, friendship, and the way love changes over the years,
is a tour de force that will stick with you long after you've stopped turning the pages. Never Let Me Go Click here to buy. 6 'Geek Love' by Katherine Powell tells the tale of the Binewski family, full of oddities and gifts. This family of misfits travels across the United States, inspiring, mesmerizing, and inciting riots. This is a family tree like you've never seen. Geek Love Click here to buy. 7 'All About Love' by bell hooks 8 'The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay' by Michael Chabon 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. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Click here to buy. 9 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle' by Haruki Murakami 10 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy
In postapocalyptic novel
, a father and his son traverse what is left of America. As they travel The Road , they take readers on a true journey through complete devastation, and a labor of love. Click here to buy. 11 'The Poisonwood Bible' by Barbara Kingsolver
Documenting one family's history through their time in the Belgian Congo,
tells the tale of their losses and how it shaped each of them, whether they wanted it to or not. The Poisonwood Bible Click here to buy. 12 'The Liars Club' by Mary Karr 13 'A Short History Of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson
, 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. A Short History of Nearly Everything Click here to buy. 14 'The Godfather' by Mario Puzo
You've surely seen the movies, but have you read the book that started it all?
The Godfather paints a picture so beautiful and horrifying that you'll have a hard time turning back to the movies after you've finished. Click here to buy. 15 'Bel Canto' by Ann Patchett
Through the stunning beautiful theme of music,
delivers a tale of love and crisis like no other. Profound, lyrical, and unforgettable, you'll want more of this book even after you've finished it. Bel Canto Click here to buy. 16 'The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot 17 'The God Of Small Things' by Arundahti Roy
A family saga, a political powerhouse, a forbidden love story,
The God of Small Things has it all. Set in 1960's India when Communism is rattling their caste-system, this beautifully constructed tale will leave you changed. Click here to buy. 18 'Valley Of The Dolls' by Jacqueline Susann 19 'Life After Life' by Kate Atkinson
As Ursula Todd grows, she dies repeatedly. Crafting a tale of an obviously unusual life,
follows Ursula as she attempts to change the course of the world, one life at a time. Life After Life Click here to buy. 20 'The Red Tent' by Anita Diamant
In the Bible, Dinah's story is barely touched upon.
gives Dinah a voice, and tells the story of the women in her family, her love, her tragedy, and ultimately, her life. The Red Tent Click here to buy. 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.
will change the way you think about betrayal and redemption, and take you on a beautiful journey. The Kite Runner Click here to buy. 22 'The Stand' by Stephen King
In one of the most incredible, well-written, and terrifying apocalyptic novels of our time,
weaves its tale by tugging on the human condition while keeping readers balanced on the precipice of good and evil. The Stand Click here to buy. 23 'Even Cowgirls Get The Blues' by Tom Robbins