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
In The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, 15-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is on a journey to solve the neighborhood murder mystery of the poodle Wellington. You'll become captivated by his world and just as curious to find out who killed his neighbor's pup.
Following the death of her husband and the hospitalization of their daughter, Didion embarked on a journey of self-discovery. The Year of Magical Thinking takes readers right along with her as she mourns, recovers, and thinks magically.
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 Waofollows 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.
Though The Phantom Tollbooth is geared towards middle-readers, this is a must-read for any adult who hasn't already read it. Even adults who have read it. Just everyone. Everyone should read this book.
Geek Lovetells 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.
8'The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay' by Michael Chabon
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clayis 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.
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.
You've surely seen the movies, but have you read the book that started it all? The Godfatherpaints a picture so beautiful and horrifying that you'll have a hard time turning back to the movies after you've finished.
Through the stunning beautiful theme of music, Bel Canto 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.
16'The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot
How did a poor black tobacco farmer become one of the most important keys in modern medicine? The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lackswill take you on a bumpy ride encompassing race, politics, science, and medicine to help you find out.
A family saga, a political powerhouse, a forbidden love story, The God of Small Thingshas it all. Set in 1960's India when Communism is rattling their caste-system, this beautifully constructed tale will leave you changed.
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.
In one of the most incredible, well-written, and terrifying apocalyptic novels of our time, The Standweaves its tale by tugging on the human condition while keeping readers balanced on the precipice of good and evil.