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Book Tag: Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime


The lovely Paula @ Book Jotter has tagged me to do the Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime tag!

The rules are as follows:

  1. Include a link back to Amazon’s official 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime page.
  2. Tag Perfectly Tolerable, the creator of this meme
  3. Tag the person who nominated you
  4. Copy the list of books and indicate which titles you have read.
  5. Tally up your total.
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and share your total count.
  7. Tag five new people and comment on one of their posts to let them know.

I’ve actually never seen the Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list before, even though I’ve seen others, so it was really interesting to see such a wide range of books on the last. It is aimed at US readers though so I’ve never even heard of some of the books featured here. I’d like to see Amazon do other lists aimed at other countries too.

I’ve bolded the books that I’ve read. I’ve also marked the books on my TBR. Okay, on to the list…

I’ve only read 22 books on this list and I’m genuinely not interested in reading most of the others.

I’m tagging:

Claire @ Art and Soul, Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse, Ashley @ Thrifty Bibliophile, Kristilyn @ Reading in Winter, and The Orangutan Librarian.

Please ignore this tag if you’d rather not take part!

19 thoughts on “Book Tag: Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

  1. Thank you for tagging me!
    I’ve read 27 of these and, like you, I’m not greatly interested in reading many of the others! 🙂 I do remember enjoying The World According to Garp at the time… I must get round to re-reading it (although given the height of my current TBR I can’t see ir happening soon).

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  2. 22 is really good for this list! It is more that I have read.

    As a US reader I had not heard of all these either, but now I am super curious to see what lists like this look like in other countries. I had never considered that they would be different. The thought just never crossed my mind, but now I really want to know how it would differ!

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    1. I’m not sure that there are any other lists, just the one from the main editors in the US. I’d like to think that a UK version would have authors like Zadie Smith on there. It’d be cool to see them for non-English speaking countries though!

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    1. Maybe that’s true! It is important to balance well-known and less popular books on a list like this so that it’s not just the same books over and over again. I don’t think I’m going to pick many of them up that aren’t already on my TBR though.


  3. Hi! I received an email with for a nomination “blogger recognition award ” The WordPress equivalent to chainmail or a Facebook ” like& share to win the Lottery!” but it gave me something to write about! so i’m using it to recognize your blog. despite having a busy schedule im inpresd at how often your posting entries

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  4. Thank you for tagging me! I’ve seen this about and have been meaning to do it- only I was disappointed with the number I’d read when I saw it- that said, I’m like you with it- I genuinely have zero interest in checking out most of the other books on here (even though I usually like using these lists for recs)

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    1. I think most people have read less than 30 of these books which is unusual. I usually use these lists for recs too! It’s a shame we couldn’t get many from this one.

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