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100 Books For Your Bucket List


Kimber the Magnificent here. Telling you about this poster we got awhile back: 100 Books Bucket List. Mom and I? We’ve read 81 of the titles listed. The rest? Who cares? And some titles on this puppy? They’re on our Super Duper Over-Rated Duds and Disses and Total Waste of Time, Off You Go to the Kitty Litter Box List*. (Mom’s version. I just call it our Yuck List.)


So We Did

Anywho. That poster thingy got one of us thinking. Mom, says I, Kimber the Genius. We can do better. Let’s make our own Bucket List. So we did.

Mom Tested, Kimber Approved

Below is our Mom Tested, Kimber Approved, 100% Unscientific, Totally Subjective 100 Books For Your Bucket List. As in, Good Stuff Here. Enjoyable. Enlightening. Inspiring. Entertaining. Thought-Provoking. Great writing. And Just Plain. Fun. Both fiction and nonfiction. 

Note: We’re not talkin’ all Hoity-Toity here. So relax, okay?

Some titles are newer than others. Most have been around awhile. Stood the test of time. You’ll find some well-worn “classics” that are probably on everyone’s “Best Books” list.  Some might surprise you. And a few are… Well. Hi, Mom.

We’ve also included some children’s literature. Hi again, Mom. By the way, we’re only including titles we’ve actually read. In case you’re wondering.

Mom-Tested, Kimber Approved.

So here, without further ado or hullabaloo, is the Official Mom and Kimber version of 100 Books For Your Bucket List. As in, read these before you die and you can die happy, okay? In no particular order:

100 Books For Your Bucket List

  1. The Bible
  2. The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupery
  3. The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams
  4. Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds – Joy Adamson
  5. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
  6. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  7. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  8. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  9. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  10. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  11. Cry, The Beloved Country – Alan Paton
  12. Out of Africa – Isak Dinesen
  13. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  14. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  15. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
  16. The Sacred Romance – John Eldredge
  17. The Hiding Place – Corrie ten Boom
  18. Waking the Dead – John Eldredge
  19. The Prayer of Jabez – Bruce Wilkinson
  20. Through Gates of Splendor – Elisabeth Elliot
  21. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
  22. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
  23. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  24. Because of Winn Dixie – Kate DiCamillo
  25. Silas Marner – George Eliot
  26. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  27. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
  28. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  29. 1984 – George Orwell
  30. Winnie the Pooh (the complete collection) – A.A. Milne
  31. Hamlet – Shakespeare
  32. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  33. Jane Eyre – Emily Bronte
  34. The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
  35. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  36. The Scarlett Letter– Nathaniel Hawthorne
  37. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
  38. My Antonia – Willa Cather
  39. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  40. Ben Hur – Lew Wallace
  41. The Bronze Bow – Elizabeth George Speare (Newbery Winner)
  42. Common Sense – Thomas Paine
  43. A River Runs Through It – Norman Maclean (Pulitzer Finalist)
  44. The Prince – Nicolo Machievelli
  45. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  46. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
  47. Bambi – Felix Salten (The original, not the Disney-fied version)
  48. Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
  49. The Odyssey – Homer
  50. One Thousand and One Nights: The Arabian Nights – R.F. Burton
  51. The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
  52. The Collected Stories of Washington Irving
  53. Blueberries for Sal – Robert McCloskey
  54. Aesop’s Fables
  55. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  56. The Swiss Family Robinson – Johann Wyss 
  57. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  58. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  59. The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
  60. Ivanhoe – Sir Watler Scott
  61. Call It Courage – Armstrong Sperry (Newbery winner)
  62. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  63. The Killer Angels – Michael Shaara (Pulitzer winner)
  64. Hans Christian Andersen’s Complete Fairy TalesH.C. Andersen
  65. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  66. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel – Virginia Lee Burton
  67. The Indian in the Cupboard – Lynne Reid Banks
  68. Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
  69. Alice in Wonderland  – Lewis Carroll
  70. Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption– Laura Hillenbrand
  71. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  72. Curious George Classic Collection – H.A. Rey
  73. Soup – Robert Newton Peck
  74. A Fine and Pleasant Misery – Patrick F. McManus
  75. The Short Stories of O. Henry O. Henry
  76. Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
  77. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  78. Spencer’s Mountain – Earl Hamner, Jr. (The novel that inspired The Waltons)
  79. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak (Caldecott winner)
  80. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  81. Hatchet – Gary Paulsen (Newbery winner)
  82. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  83. The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah
  84. Anne of Green Gales – L.M. Montgomery
  85. The Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson (Newbery winner)
  86. Babette’s Feast – Isak Dinesen
  87. The Small Woman: The Heroic Story of Gladys Aylward – Alan Burgess
  88. To Sir, With Love – E.R. Braithwaite
  89. The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes
  90. How Green Was My Valley – Richard Llewellyn
  91. Shiloh – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Newbery winner)
  92. Island of the Blue Dolphins – Scott O’Dell (Newbery winner)
  93. I Am Still Alive – Kate Marshall
  94. King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian – Marguerite Henry (Newbery Medal Winner)
  95. The Little House series – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  96. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
  97. Babe, The Gallant Pig – Dick King-Smith
  98. The Little Engine That Could – Watty Piper
  99. Corduroy – Don Freeman
  100. Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown
  101. What would you add?

How many do you recognize?

* Can we agree here and now that Catcher in the Rye is one of the most over-rated books in the English language? And to the horror of high school English teachers everywhere, so are The Sound and the Fury, The Great Gatsby, and most Virginia Woolf entries. Ditto Marcel Proust. He’s the kind of author everyone talks about but few actually read. Cuz he’s as dense as a pea soup fog at midnight. As for James Joyce’s Ulysses? Gag me with catnip!

2 thoughts on “100 Books For Your Bucket List

  1. What a fun list. I’ve read quite a few of these, but there are so many on here that I have not read.

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