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- There are more great books in the world than there is time to read all of them.
- It makes sense, then, that we seek out lists of recommendations and reviews to ensure we find the tomes most worth our limited time.
- Below are the 100 books you should read in a lifetime, according to Amazon Books editors.
As of 2010, there were about 129,864,880 books in the entire world, according to Google’s estimate.
Even if you quit your job, subsisted off of dewdrops, and spent every waking hour reading, the odds that you could read every one of them are not in your favor.
So, for book-lovers, it becomes important to choose your next tome wisely. Before slipping into a 500-page and many-hours-long disappointment that could have been invested into something more worthy of our finite time, we read reviews, skim Goodreads lists, ask bookstore staff and friends and family, and use myriad other tactics to narrow our choices down to the best and most impactful.
Below, you’ll find 100 suggestions for books you should read in a lifetime, according to Amazon Books editors. Spanning beloved children’s classics to searing memoirs to classics, the list has a little bit of everything. If you’re looking for the Next Great Thing, here’s a good place to start your search.
100 books to read in a lifetime — according to Amazon Books editors:
Book descriptions, provided by Amazon, are lightly edited for length.
"1984" by George Orwell
Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…
A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions — a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
"A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking
A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin — and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending — or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?
"A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers
Dave Egger’s parents died from cancer within a month of each other when he was 21 and his brother, Christopher, was seven. They left the Chicago suburb where they had grown up and moved to San Francisco. This book tells the story of their life together.
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