UK 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime: Readers' Picks

The Amazon UK books editors got together and chose 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. We want to know what books you would choose. Add titles below, and vote on the titles added by fellow readers.

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3.99 avg rating — 820,133 ratings
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1,487 books · 559 voters · list created May 1st, 2014 by Emma (votes) .
Tags: best, uk
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message 1: by Lizzie (new)

Lizzie Is there a reason why Guards! Guards! is on there twice?


message 2: by G.R. (new)

G.R. Matthews Lizzie wrote: "Is there a reason why Guards! Guards! is on there twice?"

It is that good. :)


message 3: by Strett (new)

Strett The Picture of Dorian Gray also appears twice (9 and 52)

Good book though


message 4: by Diana (new)

Diana Hammond Cidar with Rosie


message 5: by Michele (new)

Michele There are a lot of books listed twice.


message 6: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Frustrating when the numbers are wrong because there's so many duplicates.

This list needs to be cleaned up and all duplicates removed. Maybe there ought to be a way on Goodreads that duplicates can't be added (including different editions of the same book) to Listopia in the first place?


message 7: by Hannah (last edited May 14, 2014 01:35AM) (new)

Hannah There are quite a few duplicates. Also for example His Dark Materials is listed as 3 separate books but Chronicles of Narnia is listed as 1 book even though it's 6.

Add to that "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" okay so I think at a stretch I've read 6 but I know there are miles more than that so is that a currently reading?


message 8: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Nunes The Harry Potter books should perhaps be as a collection, not sure all of the deserve to be on here as individuals.


message 9: by Hannah (new)

Hannah But then again read my comment above....if you've read 2 out of the collection is that a read, unread or currently reading?

Vanessa wrote: "The Harry Potter books should perhaps be as a collection, not sure all of the deserve to be on here as individuals."


message 10: by Thomas (last edited May 15, 2014 03:44AM) (new)

Thomas One of the most messy and bizarre book lists I've seen, with duplicates and an excess of mediocre fantasy genre. And not one Iris Murdoch? Gerald Durrell but no Lawrence? A 'boxed set' of CS Lewis but seven individual Harry Potters? Yet no Shakespeare or Bible? This is '100 to read before you die?' I think I'd rather die.


message 11: by Dan (new)

Dan Mitchell I'd add "The Caine Mutiny"


message 12: by John (new)

John Ross Ever thought that life's too short to worry about constant list-compiling and that it might be better spent actually reading a book? Yup.


message 13: by Liz_ (new)

Liz_ Thomas wrote: "One of the most messy and bizarre book lists I've seen, with duplicates and an excess of mediocre fantasy genre. And not one Iris Murdoch? Gerald Durrell but no Lawrence? .... This is '100 to read before you die?' I think I'd rather die. "

No, this is 100 Books That Amazon Wants You To Buy. A cynical, money-making exercise, pure and simple.

To which I'd like to add that a fair few of these are in the public domain, so you don't need to give money-grabbing, tax-dodging, zero-hours-contracting Amazon your hard-earned cash at all.


message 14: by Eric (new)

Eric Ross This is the most uneven list imaginable; there were no obvious criteria for constructing a "must-read" list that includes Dickens and Dan Brown, Shakespeare and any Harry Potter books. Really! And what about works of pure genius such as Christina Stead's The Man Who Loved Children? And the works of Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut, etc?


message 15: by John (last edited Jun 10, 2014 08:07AM) (new)

John Lavan Too many children's books one might read in ones youth. How many Pulitzers on the list? Page turners seem to be order of the day and too much fantasy. Maybe Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song/ Oswalds Tale (takes great time, focus and concentration but well worth it). Surprised there isn't a Philip Roth, American Pastoral or the Plot against America good places to start. Anyway just an opinion. One Paul Auster would be good, maybe Timbuktu with a dog named Mr. Bones that understands Ingloosh (thats also one for the younger generation though with sad but moving narrative).


message 16: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Lee love


message 17: by Maddy (new)

Maddy Is this list for readers from the UK or books written by UK authors?


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