50 Books to Read Before You Die

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31 participants, 94 books added

You can start and finish this challenge whenever you like!

A few years ago I bought a metal bookmark on which a list of 50 books is engraved. And supposedly one ought to read all of them before one dies.

(There are some controversial picks on that list, so I just put them up as bonus prompts and linked some videos)

If you desire a bit more feminism than what can be found in this sausage party, check out my Anti-Bechdel Test Challenge - it's not as bad it the title makes it sound :P

Challenge prompts

bonus
2. George Orwell - 1984 (5 books added)


he is problematic on many levels... learn more

6. Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre (2 books added)

10. William Shakespeare - Hamlet (3 books added)

14. Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar (2 books added)

15. Aldous Huxley - Brave New World (1 book added)

bonus
18. The Bible (0 books added)


Let's extend that to "any religious text"

20. James Joyce - Ulysses (1 book added)

22. Sebastian Faulks - Birdsong (1 book added)

bonus
23. Martin Amis - Money (0 books added)


he made several islamophobic comments

bonus
24. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter Series (4 books added)


she's transphobic... learn more in detail / shorter

25. Herman Melville - Moby Dick (1 book added)

28. Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina (1 book added)

bonus
29. Lewis Carrol - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (3 books added)


he might have been a paedophile

30. Daphne du Maurier - Rebecca (2 books added)

32. Jack Kerouac - On the Road (1 book added)

33. Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness (3 books added)

35. Albert Camus - The Outsider (0 books added)

36. Alice Walker - The Colour Purple (4 books added)

37. Yann Martel - Life of Pi (2 books added)

38. Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (1 book added)

43. Mark Twain - Huckleberry Finn (2 books added)

44. Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe (0 books added)

46. Joseph Heller - Catch 22 (2 books added)

49. Dante - The Divine Comedy (1 book added)

51. What book do YOU think is missing on this list? (3 books added)


Of course this list is by no means perfect - the lack of female and BIPOC authors is only the most obvious flaw. This is the place to recommend a book that you think everyone should read before they die.