Heartbreaking_Work_Dave_EggersAmazon has compiled a list of 100 must-reads from its Amazon Books staff into a list of “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime,” a guide for people looking for that next great book.

“With 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, we set out to build a roadmap of a literary life without making it feel like a homework assignment,” Sara Nelson, Amazon’s Editorial Director of Print and Kindle Books said in a press release. “Over many months, the team passionately debated and defended the books we wanted on this list. In other words, we applied plenty of the bookish equivalent of elbow-grease, and we can’t wait to hear what customers have to say about our final picks.”

It’s not just a compilation of all the “great” books people have been forced into reading during high school and college English classes, either. The list runs the gamut from “Goodnight Moon” to “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” and everything in between, including Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” and “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.

Speaking as someone with a degree in English, the list feels incomplete, but not gravely so. While I disagree with the omissions of Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner from the list, it seems well-rounded and inclusive, especially given how small it is.

Do you disagree with any of Amazon’s choices? How many books on the list have you read? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Guest

    No Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Fankl? It’s maybe the most important book an 18yo could read.

  • http://www.corvidapps.com/ Laura Bangerter

    I’ve read most of the books, but I find it a funny list. I wouldn’t say that everyone should read Outlander or Hunger Games… Jurassic Park is missing from the list.

  • balls187

    50 Shades of Grey, anybody?

    Props for JD Salinger, but no Kurt Vonnegut? GTFO.

    • Rudi

      Slaughterhouse Five is on there.

      • balls187

        If Slaughterhouse Five was on there, it’s no longer.

  • Becky :)

    That Tolkien is in the top ten twice (for four books!) makes me think that this list was drawn up by white geeks.

  • emedepe

    A very anglo-saxon list. Dostoevski? Proust? Garcia Marquez? Of course, how can they possibly compete with Harry potter?

  • Remi Jones

    I started reading the list then remembered the internet killed books.

  • Riverama

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin

  • Ralph

    “1984” by George Orwell. should be mandatory reading every 4 years of school! Our society and government have become worse than the book describes!

  • Mary

    Great marketing tactic, Amazon! I would love to see what it does for kindle and hardcover sales!

  • disappointed

    half of the books are pop culture and kids books. I’ll pass

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