501 Must-Read Books

501 must read books501 Must-Read Books (edited by Emma Beare) is a list of books from differing genres, spanning hundreds of years of history. I bought this book, along with the companion journal, three or four years ago with the intent of broadening my reading horizons. According to the slipcover:

501 Must Read Books is like the wisest, cleverest, best-read and most trusted friend you have ever had. The recommendations for inclusion in this comprehensive book were made by a bibliophile and writer with a peerless reputation. This comprehensive guide will inspire you to read more widely than you could have imagined and to explore the previously untrodden aisles in your bookstore or library.

I realize that I’ll probably never be able to read all 501 books on this list, but I’d like to achieve at least half of the list. The list is published below. The ones I have put in bold are ones I have read. Those marked “*” are ones that I own. Thanks to Listology for publishing the list and saving me having to type it out for myself. (Number read so far: 42/501)

1. “Little Women,” Louisa May Alcott*
2. “Fairy Tales,” Hans Christian Andersen
3. “Peter Pan,” J.M. Barrie*
4. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” L. Frank Baum*
5. “The Last Unicorn,” Peter S. Beagle
6. “The Secret Garden,” Frances Hodgson Burnett*
7. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” Lewis Carroll*
8. “Pinocchio,” Carlo Collodi
9. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Roald Dahl*
10. “Sophie’s World,” Jostein Gaarder
11. “The Weirdstone of Brisingamen,” Alan Garner
12. “The Wind in the Willows,” Kenneth Grahame
13. “Children’s and Household Tales,” Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
14. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” Mark Haddon*
15. “Emil and the Detectives,” Erich Kastner
16. “Just So Stories,” Rudyard Kipling
17. “The Complete Nonsense Books,” Edward Lear
18. “A Wrinkle in Time,” Madeleine L’Engle
19. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” C.S. Lewis*
20. “Pippi Longstocking,” Astrid Lindgren
21. “Dr. Dolittle,” Hugh Lofting
22. “At the Back of the North Wind,” George MacDonald
23. “Nobody’s Boy,” Hector Malot
24. “Winnie-the-Pooh,” A.A. Milne*
25. “Anne of Green Gables,” L.M. Montgomery*
26. “Five Children and It,” E. Nesbit
27. “Tom’s Midnight Garden,” Philippa Pearce
28. “The War of the Buttons,” Louis Pergaud
29. “Fairy Tales,” Charles Perrault
30. “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” Beatrix Potter
31. “The Colour of Magic,” Terry Pratchett
32. “Northern Lights,” Philip Pullman*
33. “Swallows and Amazons,” Arthur Ransome
34. “Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang,” Mordecai Richler*
35. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” J.K. Rowling*
36. “The King of the Golden River,” John Ruskin
37. “The Little Prince,” Antoine De Saint-Exupery
38. “The Human Comedy,” William Saroyan
39. “The Misfortunes of Sophie,” Comtesse de Segur
40. “Where the Wild Things Are,” Maurice Sendak*
41. “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” Dr. Seuss
42. “Black Beauty,” Anna Sewell*
43. “The Golem,” Isaac Bashevis Singer
44. “Heidi,” Johana Spyri
45. “Treasure Island,” Robert Louis Stevenson*
46. “The Fellowship of the Ring,” J.R.R. Tolkien*
47. “Mary Poppins,” P.L. Travers
48. “Charlotte’s Web,” E.B. White*
49. “The Sword in the Stone,” T.H. White
50. “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,” Kate Douglas Wiggin
51. “The Happy Prince and Other Tales,” Oscar Wilde
52. “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” Anonymous
53. “The Thousand and One Nights,” Anonymous
54. “Sense and Sensibility,” Jane Austen*
55. “Old Goriot,” Honore De Balzac
56. “Vathek: an Arabian Tale,” William Beckford
57. “Lady Audley’s Secret,” Mary Elizabeth Braddon
58. “Jane Eyre,” Charlotte Bronte*
59. “Wuthering Heights,” Emily Bronte*
60. “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” John Bunyan*
61. “The Cantebury Tales,” Geoffrey Chaucer*
62. “The Collected Stories,” Anton Chekhov
63. “The Man Who Was Thursday,” G.K. Chesterton*
64. “Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure,” John Cleland
65. “The Moonstone: a Romance,” Wilkie Collins*
66. “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle*
67. “Heart of Darkness,” Joseph Conrad*
68. “Robinson Crusoe,” Daniel Defoe*
69. “The Christmas Books,” Charles Dickens*
70. “Our Mutual Friend,” Charles Dickens
71. “Crime and Punishment,” Fyodor Dostoyevsky*
72. “Middlemarch: A Study in Provincial Life,” George Eliot*
73. “Tom Jones,” Henry Fielding
74. “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald*
75. “Madame Bovary,” Gustave Flaubert*
76. “Howards End,” E.M. Forster
77. “North and South,” Elizabeth Gaskell
78. “The Sorrows of Young Werther,” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
79. “The Vicar of Wakefield,” Oliver Goldsmith
80. “The Power and the Glory,” Graham Greene
81. “King Soloman’s Mines,” H. Rider Haggard
82. “Jude the Obscure,” Thomas Hardy
83. “The Scarlet Letter,” Nathaniel Hawthorne*
84. “Moby Dick,” Herman Melville*
85. “The Portrait of a Lady,” Henry James
86. “The Iliad,” Homer*
87. “Les Miserables,” Victor Hugo
88. “Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of The Dog),” Jerome K. Jerome
89. “Kim,” Rudyard Kipling
90. “Bliss and Other Stories,” Katherine Mansfield
91. “Utopia,” Sir Thomas More*
92. “Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque,” Edgar Alan Poe
93. “In Search of Lost Time,” Marcel Proust
94. “A Sicilian Romance,” Ann Radcliffe
95. “Clarissa,” Samuel Richardson
96. “Waverley,” Walter Scott
97. “Frankenstein,” Mary Shelley*
98. “The Red and the Black,” Stendhal
99. “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,” Robert Louis Stevenson*
100. “Dracula,” Bram Stoker*
101. “Gulliver’s Travels,” Jonathan Swift*
102. “Vanity Fair,” William Makepeace Thackeray
103. “War and Peace,” Leo Tolstoy*
104. “Barchester Towers,” Anthony Trollope
105. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Mark Twain*
106. “Candide,” Voltaire*
107. “The Castle of Otranto,” Horace Walpole*
108. “The House of Mirth,” Edith Wharton
109. “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” Oscar Wilde*
110. “To the Lighthouse,” Virginia Woolf
111. “La Bete Humaine,” Emile Zola
112. “London, the Biography,” Peter Ackroyd
113. “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life,” John Lee Anderson
114. “The Hour of Our Death,” Phillipe Aries
115. “Berlin – the Downfall,” Antony Beevor
116. “The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Phillip II,” Fernand Braudel
117. “The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century,” John Brewer
118. “Frozen Desire: An Enquiry into the Meaning of Money,” James Buchan
119. “Hitler and Stalin – Parallel Lives,” Alan Bullock
120. “The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy,” Jacob Burckhardt
121. “Daily Life in Ancient Rome,” Jerome Carcopino
122. “The Accursed Kings,” Maurice Druon
123. “The Age of the Cathedrals,” Georges Duby
124. “The Stripping of the Altars,” Eamon Duffy
125. “Rites of Spring,” Modris Eksteins
126. “The Wretched of the Earth,” Franz Fanon
127. “Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire,” Niall Ferguson
128. “Millennium,” Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
129. “Pagans and Christians,” Robin Lane Fox
130. “The End of History and the Last Man,” Francis Fukuyama
131. “The Naked Heart,” Peter Gay
132. “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” Edward Gibbon*
133. “The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy,” Martin Gilbert
134. “The Cheese and the Worms,” Carlo Ginzburg
135. “God’s First Love,” Friedrich Heer
136. “Histories,” Herodotus
137. “Hiroshima,” John Hersey
138. “The Fatal Shore,” Robert Hughes
139. “Pandaemonium,” Humphrey Jennings
140. “A History of Warfare,” John Keegan
141. “A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies,” Bartolome de las Casas
142. “Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” Thomas Edward Lawrence
143. “Islam in History,” Bernard Lewis
144. “Chinese Shadows,” Simon Leys
145. “The Crusades through Arab Eyes,” Amin Maalouf
146. “The Defeat of the Spanish Armada,” Farrett Mattingly
147. “The Story of English,” Robert McCrum
148. “The Ornament of the World,” Maria Rosa Menocal
149. “The Women’s History of the World,” Rosalind Miles
150. “Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire,” James Morris
151. “Medieval Cities: Their Origins and the Revival of Trade,” Henri Pirenne
152. “Parallel Lives,” Plutarch
153. “Flesh in the Age of Reason,” Roy Porter
154. “Citizens – A Chronicle of the French Revolution,” Simon Schama
155. “Leviathan and the Air-Pump,” Steven Shapin
156. “The Decline of the West,” Oswald Spengler
157. “The Trial of Socrates,” Isador Stone
158. “Annals of Imperial Rome,” Tacitus
159. “The Origins of the Second World War,” A.J.P. Taylor
160. “A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century,” Barbara M. Tuchman
161. “A People’s History of the United States,” Howard Zinn
162. “Paula,” Isabel Allende
163. “Journal Intime,” (“Amiel’s Journal”) Henri-Frederic Amiel
164. “Aubrey’s Brief Lives,” John Aubrey
165. “Confessions,” Augustine*
166. “Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter,” Simone De Beauvior
167. “My Left Foot,” Christy Brown
168. “The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini,” Benvenuto Cellini
169. “The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinrurus,” Cyril Connolly
170. “Boy: Tales of Childhood,” Roald Dahl*
171. “My Family and Other Animals,” Gerald Durrell
172. “An Angel at My Table,” Janet Frame
173. “The Diary of a Young Girl,” Anne Frank
174. “Journals, 1889-1949,” Andre Paul Guillaume Gide
175. “Poetry and Truth: From My Own Life,” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
176. “Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments,” Edmund Gosse
177. “Ways of Escape,” Graham Greene
178. “Black Like Me,” John Howard Griffin
179. “84, Charing Cross Road,” Helene Hanff
180. “Pentimento,” Lillian Hellman
181. “Childhood, Youth and Exile,” Alexander Herzen
182. “The Diary of Alice James,” Alice James
183. “Memories, Dreams, Reflections,” Carl Gustav Jung
184. “Diaries 1919-23,” Franz Kafka
185. “The Story of My Life,” Helen Keller
186. “The Book of Margery Kempe,” Margery Kempe
187. “I Will Bear Witness,” Victor Klemperer
188. “In the Castle of My Skin,” George Lamming
189. “A Grief Observed,” C.S. Lewis*
190. “The Towers of Trebizond,” Rose Macaulay
191. “Journal of Katherine Mansfield,” Katherine Mansfield
192. “The Seven Storey Mountain,” Thomas Merton
193. “The Pursuit of Love,” Nancy Mitford
194. “Borrowed Time,” Paul Monette
195. “My Place,” Sally Morgan
196. “Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited,” Vladimir Nabokov
197. “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books,” Azar Nafisi
198. “Memoirs,” Pablo Neruda
199. “Portrait of a Marriage,” Nigel Nicolson
200. “Running in the Family,” Michael Ondaatje
201. “Down and Out in Paris and London,” George Orwell
202. “Autobiography of a Yogi,” Paramahansa Yogananda
203. “Diary,” Samuel Pepys
204. “Letters,” Pliny the Younger
205. “Confessions,” Jean-Jacques Rousseau
206. “Words,” Jean-Paul Sartre
207. “Journal of a Solitude,” May Sarton
208. “Walden,” Henry David Thoreau*
209. “De Profundis,” Oscar Wilde
210. “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit,” Jeanette Winterson
211. “Autobiographies,” William Butler Yeats
212. “Things Fall Apart,” Chinua Achebe
213. “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands,” Jorge Amado
214. “Le Grand Meaulnes,” Alain-Fournier (Henri Alban Fournier)
215. “Take a Girl Like You,” Kingsley Amis
216. “Winesburg, Ohio,” Sherwood Anderson
217. “Surfacing,” Margaret Atwood
218. “The New York Trilogy,” Paul Auster
219. “Tales of Odessa,” Isaak Babel
220. “Giovanni’s Room,” James Baldwin
221. “The Sweet Hereafter,” Russel Banks
222. “The Regeneration Trilogy,” Pat Barker
223. “Herzog,” Saul Bellow
224. “Ficciones,” Jorge Luis Borges
225. “Nadja,” Andre Breton
226. “The Master and the Margarita,” Mikhail Bulgakov
227. “The Naked Lunch,” William Burroughs
228. “Possession,” A.S. Byatt
229. “If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller,” Italo Calvino
230. “The Outsider,” Albert Camus*
231. “Auto da Fe,” Elias Canetti
232. “Oscar and Lucinda,” Peter Carey
233. “The Kingdom of This World,” Alejo Carpentier
234. “The Bloody Chamber,” Angela Carter
235. “What We Talk about When We Talk about Love,” Raymond Carver
236. “The Horse’s Mouth,” Joyce Carey
237. “Journey to the End of Night,” Louis-Ferdinand Celine
238. “Soldiers of Salamis,” Javier Cercas
239. “The Stories of John Cheever,” John Cheever
240. “Disgrace,” J.M. Coetzee
241. “Cheri,” Colette
242. “Victory,” Joseph Conrad
243. “A House and Its Head,” Ivy Compton-Burnett
244. “Fifth Business,” Roberson Davies
245. “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” Louis De Bernieres
246. “Underworld,” Don Delillo
247. “Seven Gothic Tales,” Isak Dinesen
248. “Berlin Alexanderplatz,” Alfred Doblin
249. “Once Were Warriors,” Alan Duff
250. “Rebecca,” Daphne Du Maurier
251. “The Lover,” Marguerite Duras
252. “The Alexandria Quartet,” Lawrence Durrell
253. “The Name of the Rose,” Umberto Eco
254. “The Neverending Story,” Michael Ende
255. “The Sound and the Fury,” William Faulkner
256. “The Wars,” Timothy Findley*
257. “The Good Soldier,” Ford Maddox Ford
258. “Wildlife,” Richard Ford
259. “A Passage to India,” E.M. Forster
260. “The Corrections,” Jonathan Franzen
261. “Birdsong,” Sebastian Faulks
262. “The Blue Flower,” Penelope Fitzgerald
263. “From the Fifteenth District,” Mavis Gallant
264. “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Gabriel Garcia Marquez
265. “Our Lady of the Flowers,” Jean Genet
266. “Lord of the Flies,” William Golding
267. “July’s People,” Nadine Gordimer
268. “FerdyDurke,” Witold Gombrowicz
269. “The Tin Drum,” Gunther Grass
270. “Hunger,” Knut Hamsun
271. “The Blind Owl,” Sadegh Hedayat
272. “The Old Man and the Sea,” Ernest Hemingway*
273. “The Glass Bead Game,” Herman Hesse
274. “Lost Horizon,” James Hilton
275. “A High Wind in Jamaica,” Richard Hughes
276. “The World According to Garp,” John Irving
277. “Berlin Stories,” Christopher Isherwood
278. “The Remains of the Day,” Kazuo Ishiguro*
279. “Ulysses,” James Joyce*
280. “The File on H,” Ismail Kadare
281. “The Trial,” Franz Kafka*
282. “It,” Stephen King*
283. “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” Milan Kundera
284. “The Leopard,” Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
285. “The Diviners,” Margaret Laurence
286. “Women in Love,” D.H. Lawrence
287. “The Golden Notebook,” Doris Lessing
288. “The Periodic Table,” Primo Levi
289. “Changing Places,” David Lodge
290. “The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas” J.M. Machado De Assis
291. “The Cairo Trilogy,” Naguib Mahfouz
292. “The Executioner’s Song,” Norman Mailer
293. “God’s Grace,” Bernard Malamud
294. “An Imaginary Life,” David Malouf
295. “The Magic Mountain,” Thomas Mann
296. “Embers,” Sandor Marai
297. “Life of Pi,” Yann Martel*
298. “Cakes and Ale,” Somorset Maugham
299. “The Group,” Mary McCarthy
300. “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” Carson McCullers
301. “Enduring Love,” Ian McEwan
302. “The Sea of Fertility,” Yukio Mishima
303. “A Fine Balance,” Rohinton Mistry
304. “Cold Heaven,” Brian Moore
305. “Beloved,” Toni Morrison
306. “The Progress of Love,” Alice Munro
307. “The Sea, the Sea,” Iris Murdoch
308. “Lolita,” Vladimir Nabokov
309. “A House for Mr Biswas,” V.S. Naipaul
310. “The Third Policeman,” Flann O’Brian
311. “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor
312. “The English Patient,” Michael Ondaatje*
313. “Where the Jackals Howl,” Amos Oz
314. “The Messiah of Stockholm,” Cynthia Ozick
315. “Gormenghast,” Mervyn Peake
316. “Mr. Weston’s Good Wine,” T.F. Powys
317. “The Nephew,” James Purdy
318. “Interview with the Vampire,” Anne Rice*
319. “Barney’s Version,” Mordecai Richler*
320. “Hadrian the Seventh,” Frederick Rolfe (Baron Colvo)
321. “The Radetzky March,” Joseph Roth
322. “The Human Stain,” Philip Roth
323. “The Satanic Verses,” Salman Rushdie
324. “Pedro Paramo,” Juan Rulfo
325. “Bonjour Tristesse,” Francoise Sagan
326. “Short Stories,” Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)
327. “Catcher in the Rye,” J.D. Salinger*
328. “Staying On,” Paul Scott
329. “Austerlitz,” W.G. Sebald
330. “Last Exit to Brooklyn,” Hubert Selby Jr.
331. “Unless,” Carol Shields
332. “The Magician of Lubin,” Isaac Bashevis Singer
333. “The Engineer of Human Souls,” Josef Skvorecky
334. “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” Muriel Spark
335. “The Man Who Loved Children,” Christina Stead
336. “The Grapes of Wrath,” John Steinbeck*
337. “Sophie’s Choice,” William Styron
338. “Perfume,” Patrick Suskind
339. “The Confessions of Zeno,” Italo Svevo
340. “Declares Pereira,” Antonio Tabucchi
341. “The White Hotel,” D.M. Thomas
342. “The Master,” Colm Toibin
343. “Felicia’s Journey,” William Trevor
344. “The Palm-Wine Drinkard,” Amos Tutuola
345. “The Accidental Tourist,” Anne Tyler
346. “Couples,” John Updike
347. “The Time of the Hero,” Mario Vargas Llosa
348. “In Praise of Older Women,” Stephen Vizinczey
349. “Brideshead Revisited,” Evelyn Waugh
350. “Voss,” Patrick White
351. “Memoirs of Hadrian,” Marguerite Yourcenar
352. “The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Douglas Adams*
353. “Hothouse,” Brian Aldiss
354. “Brain Wave,” Poul Anderson
355. “I, Robot,” Isaac Asimov
356. “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Margaret Atwood
357. “The Crystal World,” J.G. Ballard
358. “The Demolished Man,” Alfred Bester
359. “Who Goes There,” John W. Campbell
360. “The Invention of Morel,” Adolfo Bioy Casares
361. “Planet of the Apes,” Pierre Boulle
362. “The Martian Chronicles,” Ray Bradbury*
363. “The Sheep Look Up,” John Brunner
364. “A Clockwork Orange,” Anthony Burgess*
365. “Erewhon,” Samuel Butler
366. “Cosmicomics,” Italo Calvino
367. “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Arthur C. Clarke
368. “A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder,” James De Mille
369. “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch,” Philip K. Dick
370. “To Your Scattered Bodies Go,” Philip Jose Farmer
371. “Neuromancer,” William Gibson*
372. “Stranger in a Strange Land,” Robert A. Heinlein
373. “Dune,” Frank Herbert
374. “Brave New World,” Aldous Huxley
375. “Two Planets,” Kurd Lasswitz
376. “Left Hand of Darkness,” Ursula K. LeGuin
377. “Solaris,” Stanislaw Lem
378. “Shikasta,” Doris Lessing
379. “Stepford Wives,” Ira Levin
380. “Out of the Silent Planet,” C.S. Lewis*
381. “I Am Legend,” Richard Matheson
382. “Dwellers in the Mirage,” Abraham Merritt
383. “A Canticle for Leibowitz,” Walter Miller
384. “Ringworld,” Larry Niven
385. “Time Traders,” Andre Norton
386. “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” George Orwell*
387. “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket,” Edgar Allan Poe
388. “The Inverted World,” Christopher Priest
389. “The Green Child,” Herbert Read
390. “The Laxian Key,” Robert Sheckley
391. “City,” Clifford D. Simak
392. “Donovan’s Brain,” Curt Siodmak
393. “Lest Darkness Fall,” L. Sprague De Camp
394. “Last and First Men,” Olaf Stapledon
395. “More than Human,” Theodore Sturgeon
396. “Slan,” A.E. Van Vogt
397. “A Journey to the Centre of the Earth,” Jules Verne*
398. “Slaughterhouse-Five,” Kurt Vonnegut
399. “The Island of Dr Moreau,” H.G. Wells*
400. “Islandia,” Austin Tappan Wright
401. “The Day of the Triffids,” John Wyndham
402. “More Work for the Undertaker,” Margery Allingham
403. “Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly,” John Franklin Bardin
404. “Trent’s Last Case,” E.C. Bentley
405. “Trial and Error,” Anthony Berkeley
406. “The Poisoned Chocolates Case,” Anthony Berkeley
407. “The Beast Must Die,” Nicholas Blake
408. “Psycho,” Robert Bloch
409. “Double Indemnity,” James Cain
410. “Thus was Adonis Murdered,” Sarah Caudwell
411. “Farewell, My Lovely,” Raymond Chandler
412. “No Orchids for Miss Blandish,” James Hadley Chase
413. “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,” Agatha Christie
414. “The Woman in White,” Wilkie Collins
415. “Unnatural Exposure,” Patricia Cornwell
416. “The Moving Toyshop,” Edmund Crispin
417. “In the Last Analysis,” Amanda Cross (Carolyn Gold Heilbrun)
418. “Rose at Ten,” Marco Denevi
419. “Vendetta,” Michael Dibdin
420. “The Glass-sided Ants’ Nest,” Peter Dickinson
421. “He Who Whispers,” John Dickson Carr
422. “The Big Clock,” Kenneth Fearing
423. “Blood Sport,” Dick Francis
424. “Quiet as a Nun,” Lady Antonia Fraser
425. “The Sunday Woman,” Carlo Fruttero
426. “Death in the Wrong Room,” Anthony Gilbert
427. “Red Harvest,” Dashiel Hammett
428. “Suicide Excepted,” Cyril Hare
429. “Bones and Silence,” Reginald Hill
430. “A Rage in Harlem,” Chester Himes
431. “Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow,” Peter Hoeg
432. “Malice Aforethought,” Francis Iles
433. “Hamlet, Revenge!” Michael Innes
434. “The Murder Room,” P.D. James
435. “The Sleeping-Car Murders,” Sebastien Japrisot
436. “Death of My Aunt,” C.H.B. Kitchin
437. “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold,” John Le Carre
438. “The Mystery of the Yellow Room,” Gaston Leroux
439. “The Last Detective,” Peter Lovesey
440. “Final Curtain,” Ngaio Marsh
441. “An Oxford Tragedy,” J.C. Masterman
442. “The Steam Pig,” James McClure
443. “The Seven Per Cent Solution,” Nicholas Meyer
444. “How Like an Angel,” Margaret Millar
445. “The Red House Mystery,” A.A. Milne
446. “A Red Death,” Walter Mosley
447. “Deadlock,” Sara Paretsky
448. “Dover One,” Joyce Porter
449. “The Chinese Orange Mystery,” Ellery Queen (Frederic Dannay and Manfred B. Lee)
450. “The Man in the Net,” Patrick Quentin
451. “A Judgement in Stone,” Ruth Rendell
452. “Gaudy Night,” Dorothy L. Sayers
453. “Mr. Hire’s Engagement,” Georges Simenon
454. “The Laughing Policeman,” Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
455. “The Red Box,” Rex Stout
456. “The Man Who Killed Himself,” Julian Symons
457. “A Pin to See the Peep-Show,” F. Tennyson Jesse
458. “The Daughter of Time,” Josephine Tey
459. “Above the Dark Circus,” Sir Hugh Walpole
460. “Born Victim,” Hillary Waugh
461. “The Bride Wore Black,” Cornell Woolrich
462. “Travels,” Ibn Battuta
463. “The Scorpion-Fish,” Nocholas Bouvier
464. “The Road to Oxiana,” Robert Byron
465. “In Patagonia,” Bruce Charles Chatwin
466. “The Voyage of the HMS Beagle,” Charles Darwin
467. “My Journey to Lhasa,” Alexandra David-Neel
468. “On the Narrow Road to the Deep North,” Lesley Downer
469. “The Traveller’s Tree,” Patrick Leigh Fermor
470. “Seven Years in Tibet,” Heinrich Harrer
471. “Kon Tiki,” Thor Heyerdahl
472. “The Purple Land,” W.H. Hudson
473. “The Last Place on Earth,” Roland Huntford
474. “Video Night in Kathmandu,” Pico Iyer
475. “Journey to the Hebrides,” Samuel Johnson and James Boswell
476. “Eothen,” A.W. Kinglake
477. “The Seasick Whale,” Emphraim Kishon
478. “A Rose for Winter,” Laurie Lee
479. “Golden Earth,” Norman Lewis
480. “The Cruise of the Snark,” Jack London
481. “Arctic Dreams,” Barry Lopez
482. “The Danube,” Claudio Magris
483. “The Snow Leopard,” Peter Matthiessen
484. “Destinations,” Jan Morris
485. “Never Cry Wolf,” Farley Mowat*
486. Among the Believers: an Islamic Journey,” V.S. Naipaul
487. “A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush,” Eric Newby
488. “Roads to Santiago,” Cees Nooteboom
489. “La Salle and the Discovery of the Great West,” Francis Parkman
490. “Into the Heart of Borneo,” Raymond
491. “The Travels,” Marco Polo
492. “Dead Man’s Chest: Travels after Robert Louis Stevenson,” Nicholas Rankin
493. “Sailing Alone Around the World,” Joshua Slocum
494. “Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile,” J.H. Speke
495. “Travels with Charley: In Search of America,” John Steinbeck
496. “Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes,” Robert Louis Stevenson
497. “The Valley of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels,” Freya Stark
498. “The Great Railway Bazaar,” Paul Theroux
499. “Southern Cross to Pole Star,” A.F. Tschiffely
500. “A Tramp Abroad,” Mark Twain
501. “On Fiji Islands,” Ronald Wright

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7 thoughts on “501 Must-Read Books

  1. I have only read 18 of these. There are a few on this list that I plan to read. But, most are not something I would be interested in reading. What a compilation of titles though!

  2. Yeah, like any of these lists, there are quite a few that don’t appeal to me. I have the companion book to this list and it’s quite interesting in itself.

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