Amazon’s “100 Books To Read In A Lifetime” Tag!

I was NOT tagged by Confessions of a YA Reader but I want to play anyways, so here we are. I have not read through the list yet to see what’s on it, so I have no idea how I’ve done yet!

 

How many books have you read from Amazon’s list of 100 Books to read in a lifetime?

How to Play:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people! (And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them)

 

 

Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket  YES
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle  YES
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll  YES
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume  YES
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller YES
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl YES
Charlotte’s Web E. B White YES
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney  YES
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow  YES
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  YES
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling  YES
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison  YES
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder YES
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov YES
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi  YES
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon  YES
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak  YES
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger YES
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank YES
The Fault in Our Stars John Green YES
The Giver Lois Lowry YES
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne YES
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins YES
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
The Little Prince Houghton Mifflin
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien  YES
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster  YES
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King  YES
The Stranger Albert Camus  YES
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle YES
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee YES
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein YES
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak YES

I got 31/100! That’s about a third of them, which sounds about right to me, I suppose. I have a smattering of these on my TBR, as well. I always wonder how lists like this are curated — book tastes are so individual that it’s difficult to find books that a person actually MUST read.

Anyways — I’m not going to tag anyone directly because it feels way too awkward to do so, but if you want to do this too, then consider yourself tagged!

Currently Reading Book Tag!

Hiya! I’m stealing this book tag from The Cursed Books! Questions are related to my reading routine, which is fairly predictable to some degree. Let’s get started!

1. HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU USUALLY READ AT ONCE?

I usually stick to one at a time unless:

  • The book is EXTREMELY LONG and something shorter takes priority.
  • I’m mid-book and I realize that I have a library book due within a day or two and I have to read that before finishing the one I’d already started.
  • I need to read something for school.

I don’t typically like reading multiple books at once because once I put one down for something else it can be really tough for me to pick it back up.

2. IF YOU’RE READING MORE THAN ONE BOOK AT A TIME, HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHEN TO SWITCH BOOKS?

Since I don’t like to read more than one book at a time, book-switching for me tends to only happen by necessity. Library book due? Time to read that one. Discussion on a book due the next day for class? Time for that one. Otherwise, I tend to just stick with what I was already reading!

3. DO YOU EVER SWITCH BOOKMARKS WHILE YOU’RE PARTWAY THROUGH A BOOK?

Nope! I don’t even switch bookmarks between books… My partner made me a pretty beaded bookmark for Christmas several years back and it’s my favorite thing ever, so despite the fact that I own over a hundred bookmarks, I only really use this one.

4. WHERE DO YOU KEEP THE BOOK(S) YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

It depends on where I’m reading! Usually I keep the book I’m reading on the couch, on the coffee table, or on the night stand next to my bed.

5. WHAT TIME OF DAY DO YOU SPEND THE MOST TIME READING?

Definitely the evening! I can’t focus enough in the morning to concentrate on a book, so most of my reading time happens after I’ve finished most everything else I need to do during the day.

6. HOW LONG DO YOU TYPICALLY READ IN ONE SETTING?

At least an hour or two. I don’t like to read in bits and pieces, so most of the time I’ll read a book straight through if it’s short enough. Otherwise, I’ll break it into a few longer reading sessions. I get really absorbed when I’m reading and don’t like taking breaks very much.

7. DO YOU READ HARDBACKS WITH THE DUST JACKET ON OR OFF?

Most of the time I leave it on unless I’m concerned about ripping it or it doesn’t want to stay on the book! I generally don’t mind reading with the dust jacket on, and I feel weird leaving it lying about unattended, so I just leave it on. It feels easier.

8. WHAT POSITION DO YOU MAINLY USE TO READ?

Generally I’ll be curled up on the couch, but I’m the type of person that flips into different positions every few minutes trying to get comfortable. I am very bad at being comfortable.

9. DO YOU TAKE THE BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING WITH YOU EVERYWHERE?

Nope! Unless I’m leaving the house for at least one night or for a very long day trip in which I anticipate doing nothing but sitting around, I tend to just leave my books at home. My iPad travels with me everywhere, though, so I always have my ebooks with me if I need them.

10. HOW OFTEN DO YOU UPDATE YOUR GOODREADS PROGRESS ON THE BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING?

I almost never update Goodreads while I’m reading! I use Bookout to track my reading while I’m doing it because I like the statistics and habit-tracking, and using multiple systems for the same purpose gets to be too much for me. I’ll update once in a while if I REALLY need to share a thought while I’m reading, but that’s about it. Otherwise, I just update when I finish reading a book, adding my star rating and my start and end dates.

That’s it for me! I’m not going to tag anyone because I’m way too shy for tagging, but feel free to steal if you want to do this, too! (I love tags and definitely like being tagged, but I often feel too intimidated to tag others.)

What reading position do you find most comfortable? Let’s discuss in the comments!