Bruce’s 101 Recommended Reads.

I spotted the 1001 book list on Kat’s Place – A Blog About Me. The concept of a 1001 book list to work my way through is tempting although I think I’d probably have to chop and change a few titles – I notice, for example, an inexcusable lack of Dean Koontz and Dick Francis titles, and only one Agatha Christie.

The idea seems to stem from the following blog; Arukiyomi. Or at least one of the lists appears to have come from there.

It’s all inspired me to make my own 101 recommended reads list to share. I was going to go with 1001 but I’m not sure I could count that high, let alone have read that many books (even if you include the Dick & Jane series from primary school). Actually as it is I think I’ll struggle to name 101 books I’ve read and really liked.

  1. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl.
  2. Trainspotting. Irvine Welsh.
  3. Dorsai! Gordon R Dickson.
  4. Soldier, Ask Not. Gordon R Dickson.
  5. Tactics of Mistake. Gordon R Dickson.
  6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. Douglas Adams.
  7. The Restaurant at The End of The Universe. Douglas Adams.
  8. So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish. Douglas Adams.
  9. Life, The Universe & Everything. Douglas Adams.
  10. Last Chance To See. Douglas Adams.
  11. Dirk Gently’s Hilostic Detective Agency. Douglas Adams.
  12. The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul. Douglas Adams.
  13. The Magic Faraway Tree. Enid Blyton.
  14. Pride & Prejudice. Jane Austen.
  15. Emma. Jane Austen.
  16. Interview With A Vampire. Anne Rice.
  17. Life Expectancy. Dean Koontz.
  18. By the Light of the Moon. Dean Koontz.
  19. Lightning. Dean Koontz.
  20. Odd Thomas. Dean Koontz.
  21. Forever Odd. Dean Koontz.
  22. Brother Odd. Dean Koontz.
  23. Odd Hours. Dean Koontz.
  24. Fear Nothing. Dean Koontz.
  25. Seize The Night. Dean Koontz.
  26. Forrest Gump. Winston Groom.
  27. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K Dick.
  28. Oh To Be a Marching Girl. Frances Whiting.
  29. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Agatha Christie.
  30. Murder On The Orient Express. Agatha Christie.
  31. And Then There Were None. Agatha Christie.
  32. The Body In The Library. Agatha Christie.
  33. A Murder Is Announced. Agatha Christie.
  34. Curtain. Agatha Christie.
  35. The Lincoln Lawyer. Michael Connelly.
  36. The Concrete Blonde. Michael Connelly
  37. Bridget Jones’s Diary. Helen Fielding.
  38. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Helen Fielding.
  39. Different Seasons. Stephen King.
  40. The Green Mile. Stephen King.
  41. Odds Against. Dick Francis.
  42. Whip Hand. Dick Francis.
  43. Come To Grief. Dick Francis.
  44. Under Orders. Dick Francis.
  45. Decider. Dick Francis.
  46. Hot Money. Dick Francis.
  47. Shattered. Dick Francis.
  48. Straight. Dick Francis.
  49. Reflex. Dick Francis.
  50. Up Until Now. William Shatner.
  51. Restoree. Anne McCaffrey.
  52. Daughter of Regals. Stephen R Donaldson.
  53. Red Dragon. Thomas Harris.
  54. Casino Royale. Ian Fleming
  55. The World According to Garp. John Irving.
  56. The City Who Fought. Anne McCaffrey.
  57. Dragonsdawn. Anne McCaffrey.
  58. Dragondrums. Anne McCaffrey.
  59. Dragonsinger. Anne McCaffrey.
  60. Dragonsong. Anne McCaffrey.
  61. Restoree. Anne McCaffrey.
  62. To Ride Pegasus. Anne McCaffrey.
  63. Dead Until Dark. Charlaine Harris.
  64. Living Dead in Dallas. Charlaine Harris.
  65. Club Dead. Charlaine Harris.
  66. Dead To The World. Charliane Harris.
  67. Grave Surprise. Charlaine Harris.
  68. Anne of Green Gables. Lucy Maud Montgomery.
  69. Contest. Matthew Reilly.
  70. Area 7. Matthew Reilly.
  71. Hover Car Racer. Matthew Reilly.
  72. Scarecrow. Matthew Reilly.
  73. Stormbreaker. Anthony Horowitz.
  74. Skeleton Key. Anthony Horowitz.
  75. Ark Angel. Anthony Horowitz.
  76. Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone. J K Rowling.
  77. Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets. J K Rowling.
  78. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban. J K Rowling.
  79. Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire. J K Rowling.
  80. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Stieg Larsson.
  81. Angels & Demons. Dan Brown.
  82. The Da Vinci Code. Dan Brown
  83. The Lost Symbol. Dan Brown.
  84. The Concrete Blonde. Michael Connelly.
  85. Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Richard Bach.
  86. The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Alexander McCall Smith.
  87. Tears of the Giraffe. Alexander McCall Smith.
  88. Morality For Beautiful Girls. Alexander McCall Smith.
  89. The Kalahari Typing School For Men. Alexander McCall Smith.
  90. Time Flies. Bill Cosby.
  91. Parenthood. Bill Cosby.
  92. The Power of One. Bryce Courtney.
  93. Memoirs of a Geisha. Arthur Golden.
  94. A Time To Kill. John Grisham.
  95. Better Than Life. Grant Naylor.
  96. The Complete Yes, Minister. Jonathon Lynn & Anthony Jay.
  97. The Complete Yes, Prime Minister. Jonathon Lynn & Anthony Jay.
  98. Starship Troopers. Robert A Heinlein.
  99. Double Star. Robert A Heinlein.
  100. Magic Kingdom for Sale – SOLD! Terry Brooks.
  101. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle.

For the record, it turns out most of my favourite books are cookbooks. Also, this took me all day to compile. Next time I’m sticking with my top 10’s lol.


  • You MUST read To Kill a Mocking Bird, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Wuthering Heights, The Iliad and 19 Minutes ( Jodi Picoult, it is not too ‘girly’) They would be my top 5 the others in top ten are in your list. ( I have read only a quarter of those!)

    • I tried Wuthering Heights when I was about 15, couldn’t get through the first two pages. Love the song but 😀

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