Best Books to Read Before you Die

Best 100 books to read

What are the must-read books before dying?

Sometimes readers ask us which books they should read in 2022.

There is a series of essential readings that every woman and man should complete in their life, both for cultural purposes and for entertainment.

From great authors to a selection of first-time authors, you will find a list of books to read that everyone should have in their library in this guide.

In this guide, updated to 2022, which is not a ranking, you will find all the best books from various literary genres, with stories ranging from fantasy to adventure, from thrillers to detective stories.

Surely you will find authors that you already know, as well as some books that you have not yet read, and above all, the most read books in the world.

List 100 books to read at least once in your life before you die

This useful list of 100 recommended books gives you suggestions to discover masterpieces that are worth reading that remain in the hearts of readers.

LIST OF 100 BOOKS TO READ

#1

Ulysses (Wordsworth Classics)

Ulysses (Wordsworth Classics)
Title Ulysses (Wordsworth Classics)
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Pages 736
Date

#2

The Great Gatsby: The Original 1925 Edition (A F. Scott Fitzgerald Classic Novel)

The Great Gatsby: The Original 1925 Edition (A F. Scott Fitzgerald Classic Novel)
Title The Great Gatsby: The Original 1925 Edition (A F. Scott Fitzgerald Classic Novel)
Genre Movie Adaptations
Editor Independently published
Pages 110
Date

#3

War and Peace (Vintage Classics)

War and Peace (Vintage Classics)
Title War and Peace (Vintage Classics)
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Vintage
Pages 1296
Date

#4

Hamlet ( Folger Library Shakespeare)

Hamlet ( Folger Library Shakespeare)
Title Hamlet ( Folger Library Shakespeare)
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Simon & Schuster
Pages 342
Date

#5

The Brothers Karamazov: Penguin Classics

The Brothers Karamazov: Penguin Classics
Title The Brothers Karamazov: Penguin Classics
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Penguin Audio
Pages
Date

#6

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (SeaWolf Press Illustrated Classic): First Edition Cover

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (SeaWolf Press Illustrated Classic): First Edition Cover
Title Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (SeaWolf Press Illustrated Classic): First Edition Cover
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor SeaWolf Press
Pages 358
Date

#7

Alice in Wonderland: The Original 1865 Edition With Complete Illustrations By Sir John Tenniel (A Classic Novel of Lewis Carroll)

Alice in Wonderland: The Original 1865 Edition With Complete Illustrations By Sir John Tenniel (A Classic Novel of Lewis Carroll)
Title Alice in Wonderland: The Original 1865 Edition With Complete Illustrations By Sir John Tenniel (A Classic Novel of Lewis Carroll)
Genre Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology Literary Criticism
Editor Independently published
Pages 101
Date

#8

Catch-22

Catch-22
Title Catch-22
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Simon & Schuster Audio
Pages
Date

#9

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness
Title Heart of Darkness
Genre Children\'s African History Fiction
Editor Independently published
Pages 106
Date

#10

The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury
Title The Sound and the Fury
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Random House Audio
Pages
Date

#11

The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath
Title The Grapes of Wrath
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Penguin Audio
Pages
Date

#12

Absalom, Absalom!

Absalom, Absalom!
Title Absalom, Absalom!
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Random House Audio
Pages
Date

#13

Beloved

Beloved
Title Beloved
Genre Coming of Age Fiction
Editor Vintage
Pages 321
Date

#14

The Sun Also Rises: The Hemingway Library Edition

The Sun Also Rises: The Hemingway Library Edition
Title The Sun Also Rises: The Hemingway Library Edition
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Scribner
Pages 320
Date

#15

Tristram Shandy

Tristram Shandy
Title Tristram Shandy
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Naxos AudioBooks
Pages
Date

#16

The Magic Mountain

The Magic Mountain
Title The Magic Mountain
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Ukemi Audiobooks
Pages
Date

#17

Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children
Title Midnight's Children
Genre Family Saga Fiction
Editor Recorded Books
Pages
Date

#18

The Stand

The Stand
Title The Stand
Genre Horror Literature & Fiction
Editor Random House Audio
Pages
Date

#19

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: MinaLima Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: MinaLima Edition
Title Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: MinaLima Edition
Genre Books
Editor BLOOMSBURY
Pages
Date

#20

La Regenta (Spanish Edition)

La Regenta (Spanish Edition)
Title La Regenta (Spanish Edition)
Genre Linguistics Reference
Editor
Pages 545
Date

#21

Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged
Title Atlas Shrugged
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Pages
Date

#22

Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land
Title Stranger in a Strange Land
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Pages
Date

#23

Winnie the Pooh My First Bedtime Storybook

Winnie the Pooh My First Bedtime Storybook
Title Winnie the Pooh My First Bedtime Storybook
Genre Children\'s Animals Books
Editor Disney Press
Pages 72
Date

#24

Kim (100th Anniversary Edition): Illustrated First Edition

Kim (100th Anniversary Edition): Illustrated First Edition
Title Kim (100th Anniversary Edition): Illustrated First Edition
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor SeaWolf Press
Pages 308
Date

#25

Rabbit at Rest

Rabbit at Rest
Title Rabbit at Rest
Genre Family Saga Fiction
Editor Random House Audio
Pages
Date

#26

Dune

Dune
Title Dune
Genre Space Operas
Editor Macmillan Audio
Pages
Date

#27

Berlin Alexanderplatz (New York Review Books Classics)

Berlin Alexanderplatz (New York Review Books Classics)
Title Berlin Alexanderplatz (New York Review Books Classics)
Genre Political Fiction
Editor NYRB Classics
Pages 480
Date

#28

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers
Title The Three Musketeers
Genre Historical Fiction
Editor E-BOOKARAMA
Pages 807
Date

#29

The Book of Disquiet

The Book of Disquiet
Title The Book of Disquiet
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Naxos AudioBooks
Pages
Date

#30

The Road (Vintage International)

The Road (Vintage International)
Title The Road (Vintage International)
Genre Family Saga Fiction
Editor Vintage
Pages 324
Date

#31

On the Nature of Things: De Rerum Natura (Philosphy Classics)

On the Nature of Things: De Rerum Natura (Philosphy Classics)
Title On the Nature of Things: De Rerum Natura (Philosphy Classics)
Genre Ancient & Classical Poetry
Editor Independently published
Pages 154
Date

#32

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Title The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Genre Historical Fiction
Editor Brilliance Audio
Pages
Date

#33

Herzog

Herzog
Title Herzog
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Pages
Date

#34

Parade's End (Vintage Classics)

Parade's End (Vintage Classics)
Title Parade's End (Vintage Classics)
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Vintage
Pages 914
Date

#35

Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon
Title Song of Solomon
Genre Family Saga Fiction
Editor Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Pages 352
Date

#36

A House for Mr. Biswas

A House for Mr. Biswas
Title A House for Mr. Biswas
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Naxos AudioBooks
Pages
Date

#37

Gravity's Rainbow

Gravity's Rainbow
Title Gravity's Rainbow
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Penguin Audio
Pages
Date

#38

Brighton Rock

Brighton Rock
Title Brighton Rock
Genre Teen & Young Adult Classic Literature
Editor Tingle Books
Pages 307
Date

#39

Middlesex

Middlesex
Title Middlesex
Genre LGBTQ+ Literary Fiction
Editor Macmillan Audio
Pages
Date

#40

Through the Looking Glass (Illustrated Classics): Illustrated by John Tenniel

Through the Looking Glass (Illustrated Classics): Illustrated by John Tenniel
Title Through the Looking Glass (Illustrated Classics): Illustrated by John Tenniel
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor SeaWolf Press
Pages 126
Date

#41

The End of the Affair

The End of the Affair
Title The End of the Affair
Genre Classic Literature & Fiction
Editor Audible Studios
Pages
Date

#42

City of Girls: A Novel

City of Girls: A Novel
Title City of Girls: A Novel
Genre Historical Fiction
Editor Riverhead Books
Pages 480
Date

#43

My Life as a Rat: A Novel

My Life as a Rat: A Novel
Title My Life as a Rat: A Novel
Genre Family Life Fiction
Editor Ecco
Pages 416
Date

#44

Recursion: A Novel

Recursion: A Novel
Title Recursion: A Novel
Genre Genre Literature & Fiction
Editor Ballantine Books
Pages 336
Date

#45

Mrs. Everything: A Novel

Mrs. Everything: A Novel
Title Mrs. Everything: A Novel
Genre Historical Fiction
Editor Atria Books
Pages 480
Date

#46

The Stationery Shop

The Stationery Shop
Title The Stationery Shop
Genre Cultural Heritage Fiction
Editor Gallery Books
Pages 320
Date

#47

The Last House Guest

The Last House Guest
Title The Last House Guest
Genre Coming of Age Fiction
Editor Simon & Schuster
Pages 352
Date

#48

The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs: A Novel

The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs: A Novel
Title The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs: A Novel
Genre Historical Fiction
Editor Henry Holt and Co.
Pages 352
Date

#49

Finding Mrs. Ford: A Novel

Finding Mrs. Ford: A Novel
Title Finding Mrs. Ford: A Novel
Genre American Literature
Editor Post Hill Press
Pages 320
Date

#50

They Could Have Named Her Anything: A Novel

They Could Have Named Her Anything: A Novel
Title They Could Have Named Her Anything: A Novel
Genre Cultural Heritage Fiction
Editor Little A
Pages 300
Date

#51

Good Girl, Bad Girl: A Novel (1) (Cyrus Haven Series)

Good Girl, Bad Girl: A Novel (1) (Cyrus Haven Series)
Title Good Girl, Bad Girl: A Novel (1) (Cyrus Haven Series)
Genre Literary Fiction
Editor Scribner
Pages 368
Date

#52

A Particular Kind of Black Man: A Novel

A Particular Kind of Black Man: A Novel
Title A Particular Kind of Black Man: A Novel
Genre Coming of Age Fiction
Editor Simon & Schuster
Pages 272
Date

#53

A Pure Heart: A Novel

A Pure Heart: A Novel
Title A Pure Heart: A Novel
Genre Cultural Heritage Fiction
Editor Viking
Pages 320
Date

#54

Caging Skies

Caging Skies
Title Caging Skies
Genre Jewish Historical Fiction
Editor Harry N. Abrams
Pages 304
Date

#55

The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key
Title The Turn of the Key
Genre Literary Fiction
Editor Gallery/Scout Press
Pages 352
Date

#56

The Swallows: A Novel

The Swallows: A Novel
Title The Swallows: A Novel
Genre Psychological Fiction
Editor Ballantine Books
Pages 416
Date

#57

The Memory Police: A Novel

The Memory Police: A Novel
Title The Memory Police: A Novel
Genre Genre Literature & Fiction
Editor Pantheon
Pages 288
Date

#58

The World Doesn't Require You: Stories

The World Doesn't Require You: Stories
Title The World Doesn't Require You: Stories
Genre Short Stories
Editor Liveright
Pages 384
Date

#59

Last Ones Left Alive: A Novel

Last Ones Left Alive: A Novel
Title Last Ones Left Alive: A Novel
Genre Coming of Age Fiction
Editor Flatiron Books
Pages 288
Date

#60

The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel

The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel
Title The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel
Genre Cultural Heritage Fiction
Editor Ballantine Books
Pages 336
Date

#61

A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, 15)

A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, 15)
Title A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, 15)
Genre Traditional Detective Mysteries
Editor Minotaur Books
Pages 448
Date

#62

Formation: A Woman's Memoir of Stepping Out of Line

Formation: A Woman's Memoir of Stepping Out of Line
Title Formation: A Woman's Memoir of Stepping Out of Line
Genre Iraq War Biographies
Editor Grand Central Publishing
Pages 368
Date

#63

Kingdom of Lies: Unnerving Adventures in the World of Cybercrime

Kingdom of Lies: Unnerving Adventures in the World of Cybercrime
Title Kingdom of Lies: Unnerving Adventures in the World of Cybercrime
Genre White Collar Crime True Accounts
Editor St. Martin's Press
Pages 256
Date

#64

The Coitus Chronicles: My Quest for Sex, Love, and Orgasms

The Coitus Chronicles: My Quest for Sex, Love, and Orgasms
Title The Coitus Chronicles: My Quest for Sex, Love, and Orgasms
Genre Love & Romance
Editor Skyhorse
Pages 240
Date

#65

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
Title The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
Genre Women\'s Biographies
Editor Picador
Pages 320
Date

#66

In Pain: A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle with Opioids

In Pain: A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle with Opioids
Title In Pain: A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle with Opioids
Genre Memoirs
Editor Harper
Pages 320
Date

#67

The Way Through the Woods: On Mushrooms and Mourning

The Way Through the Woods: On Mushrooms and Mourning
Title The Way Through the Woods: On Mushrooms and Mourning
Genre Grief & Bereavement
Editor Random House
Pages 320
Date

#68

Three Women

Three Women
Title Three Women
Genre Psychology & Counseling Books on Sexuality
Editor Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Pages 320
Date

#69

What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal

What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal
Title What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal
Genre Memoirs
Editor St. Martin's Press
Pages 288
Date

#70

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
Title Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
Genre Black & African American Biographies
Editor Twelve
Pages 288
Date

#71

When I Was White: A Memoir

When I Was White: A Memoir
Title When I Was White: A Memoir
Genre Black & African American Biographies
Editor St. Martin's Press
Pages 304
Date

#72

Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America
Title Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America
Genre Business Professional\'s Biographies
Editor Simon & Schuster
Pages 704
Date

#73

Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls

Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls
Title Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls
Genre Lawyer & Judge Biographies
Editor Plume
Pages 304
Date

#74

Syria's Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege

Syria's Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege
Title Syria's Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege
Genre History of Books
Editor PublicAffairs
Pages 320
Date

#75

The Paris Apartment: A Novel

The Paris Apartment: A Novel
Title The Paris Apartment: A Novel
Genre Women\'s Literature & Fiction
Editor William Morrow
Pages 363
Date

#76

It Ends with Us: A Novel

It Ends with Us: A Novel
Title It Ends with Us: A Novel
Genre Humor & Entertainment
Editor Atria Books
Pages 381
Date

#77

The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel

The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel
Title The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel
Genre Family Life Fiction
Editor Simon & Schuster
Pages 320
Date

#78

Family Money

Family Money
Title Family Money
Genre Family Life Fiction
Editor Thomas & Mercer
Pages 239
Date

#79

Corte de Névoa e Fúria - Volume 2. Coleção Corte de Espinhos e Rosas (Em Portuguese do Brasil)

Corte de Névoa e Fúria - Volume 2. Coleção Corte de Espinhos e Rosas (Em Portuguese do Brasil)
Title Corte de Névoa e Fúria - Volume 2. Coleção Corte de Espinhos e Rosas (Em Portuguese do Brasil)
Genre Books
Editor Galera Record
Pages
Date

#80

Ein verheißenes Land

Ein verheißenes Land
Title Ein verheißenes Land
Genre Music Styles
Editor
Pages
Date

#81

Wish You Were Here: A Novel

Wish You Were Here: A Novel
Title Wish You Were Here: A Novel
Genre Family Saga Fiction
Editor Ballantine Books
Pages 322
Date

#82

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel
Title The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel
Genre Family Life Fiction
Editor Washington Square Press
Pages 400
Date

#83

Magnolia Table

Magnolia Table
Title Magnolia Table
Genre Biscuit, Muffin & Scone Baking
Editor William Morrow Cookbooks
Pages 336
Date

#84

Hook, Line, and Sinker: A Novel

Hook, Line, and Sinker: A Novel
Title Hook, Line, and Sinker: A Novel
Genre Contemporary Women Fiction
Editor Avon
Pages 400
Date

#85

Milkman

Milkman
Title Milkman
Genre Coming of Age Fiction
Editor Graywolf Press
Pages 360
Date

#86

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen (Snoop Dogg Cookbook, Celebrity Cookbook with Soul Food Recipes) (Snoop Dog x Chronicle Books)

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen (Snoop Dogg Cookbook, Celebrity Cookbook with Soul Food Recipes) (Snoop Dog x Chronicle Books)
Title From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen (Snoop Dogg Cookbook, Celebrity Cookbook with Soul Food Recipes) (Snoop Dog x Chronicle Books)
Genre Culinary Arts & Techniques
Editor Chronicle Books
Pages 192
Date

#87

The Judge's List: A Novel (The Whistler Book 2)

The Judge's List: A Novel (The Whistler Book 2)
Title The Judge's List: A Novel (The Whistler Book 2)
Genre Suspense Thrillers
Editor Doubleday
Pages 359
Date

#88

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #7)

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #7)
Title Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #7)
Genre Children\'s Dog Books
Editor Graphix
Pages 240
Date

#89

Reminders of Him: A Novel

Reminders of Him: A Novel
Title Reminders of Him: A Novel
Genre Family Life Fiction
Editor Montlake
Pages 335
Date

#90

Vermelho, branco e sangue azul (Portuguese Edition)

Vermelho, branco e sangue azul (Portuguese Edition)
Title Vermelho, branco e sangue azul (Portuguese Edition)
Genre Teen & Young Adult Literature & Fiction
Editor Editora Seguinte
Pages 456
Date

#91

Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel

Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel
Title Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel
Genre Historical Fiction
Editor Scribner
Pages 637
Date

#92

Gregs Tagebuch 4-Ich War'

Gregs Tagebuch 4-Ich War'
Title Gregs Tagebuch 4-Ich War'
Genre Music Styles
Editor BAUHA
Pages
Date

#93

The War of Two Queens (Blood And Ash Series Book 4)

The War of Two Queens (Blood And Ash Series Book 4)
Title The War of Two Queens (Blood And Ash Series Book 4)
Genre Paranormal Romance
Editor Blue Box Press
Pages 654
Date

#94

The Christie Affair: A Novel

The Christie Affair: A Novel
Title The Christie Affair: A Novel
Genre Biographical Historical Fiction
Editor St. Martin's Press
Pages 309
Date

#95

Apples Never Fall

Apples Never Fall
Title Apples Never Fall
Genre Family Life Fiction
Editor Macmillan Audio
Pages
Date

#96

Ada Twist, Scientist (The Questioneers)

Ada Twist, Scientist (The Questioneers)
Title Ada Twist, Scientist (The Questioneers)
Genre Children\'s Literature
Editor Abrams Books for Young Readers
Pages 32
Date

#97

The Golden Couple: A Novel

The Golden Couple: A Novel
Title The Golden Couple: A Novel
Genre Women\'s Literature & Fiction
Editor St. Martin's Press
Pages 329
Date

#98

Daisy Jones and The Six: Uma história de amor e música (Portuguese Edition)

Daisy Jones and The Six: Uma história de amor e música (Portuguese Edition)
Title Daisy Jones and The Six: Uma história de amor e música (Portuguese Edition)
Genre Biographical Fiction
Editor Editora Paralela
Pages 427
Date

#99

A Place for Us: A Novel

A Place for Us: A Novel
Title A Place for Us: A Novel
Genre Cultural Heritage Fiction
Editor SJP for Hogarth
Pages 400
Date

#100

The Four Winds: A Novel

The Four Winds: A Novel
Title The Four Winds: A Novel
Genre Historical Fiction
Editor St. Martin's Press
Pages 450
Date

Advice for readers

There is no doubt that everyone has a favorite book, but without going to the bookstore to get the bookseller’s advice or finding the bestseller of the month, a good read from our list will give you real emotions, which, especially in recent times, has become a rare thing.

What books to read in 2022?

Among all the best in recent years, even in 2022, a good read can be The Brothers Karamazov as well as Rabbit at Rest.

What are the best fantasy books to read?

In the list of novels to read at least once in your life, you must absolutely read fantasy books like Harry Potter and Lord of rings.

What are the great classics to read?

Among the books that you cannot help but have read, we find the great classics such as Ulysses, The Three Musketeers and On the Nature of Things: De Rerum Natura.

When it comes to buying, consider that many of these famous books are generally available in paperback and hardcover format, but also as eBooks or audiobooks.

What are the books that everyone should read before they die?

We have just seen a list of unmissable novels and many masterpieces of world fiction.

Speaking of the most read books of the moment, in addition to the great classics and the titles recommended, you must now have discovered what’s missing from your library as well as what to read right now if you’re looking for a source of inspiration.

This ranking of the best books ever gave you ideas for choosing the literary masterpieces to read, both on daily occasions such as in the evening before bed, and on vacation under an umbrella.

Start immediately making your selection of books to read to enrich your library, and your personal culture.

Enjoy the reading!