The 100 Book Challenge

I will be attempting the 100 book challenge for 2015. This might be a bit ambitious knowing that I will be starting the year off with writing my Masters’ thesis. But I will attempt to read as many books as I can.

I am compiling a list below of 100 books, in no particular order. Some if these books are books that I previously started but never got around to finishing, or that I have read in Arabic, or of which I have read an abridged version. But this means that I will have to read the complete book, I don’t consider that cheating.

You can probably tell that I enjoy fiction, fantasy, and science fiction the most, but I also enjoy classics and other genres. I also enjoy series, and nothing makes me sadder than finishing a good series.

If you have any recommendations for me, please leave me a comment 🙂

Edit: I started out this list with thought of listing 100 individual books. But since, as I mentioned before, I am a fan of series, I found that most of the items on the list were part of a series. Not that this is a bad thing. What worried me were two things; first, what if I start a series that I hate, then I will have to finish it to commit to the 100-book challenge. Second, what about all the other fantastic books out there that I want to read? Granted, I won’t be able to finish them all in one year – not unless I become unemployed and thesis-free – but I still want them on this list, and 100 is such a pretty number that I don’t want to change.

Therefore, any series in the list is considered as one book, with all the books in that series listed below. This way I can add all the books that I come across during what remains of 2014, and still maintain a 100-book list, that I most likely won’t get through for another decade!

  1. A Song of Ice and Fire – George R. R. Martin
    1. A Game of Thrones
    2. A Clash of Kings
    3. A Storm of Swords
    4. A Feast for Crows
    5. A Dance with Dragons
  2. Inferno – Dan Brown
  3. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
    1. The Hunger Games
    2. Catching Fire
    3. Mockingjay
  4. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
  6. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
    1. The Golden Compass
    2. The Subtle Knife
    3. The Amber Spyglass
  7. The Prophet – Khalil Gibran
  8. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West – Gregory Maguire
  9. Mirror, Mirror – Gregory Maguire
  10. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  11. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  12. Colomba – Prosper Mérimée
  13. Fahrenheit – Ray Bradbury
  14. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
    1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
    3. Life, the Universe and Everything
    4. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
    5. Mostly Harmless
  15. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  17. Cairo Trilogy – Naguib Mahfouz
    1. Palace Walk
    2. Palace of Desire
    3. Sugar Street
  18. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  19. The Vampire Diaries – L. J. Smith
    1. The Awakening
    2. The Struggle
    3. The Fury
    4. Dark Reunion
  20. Shifters – Rachel Vincent
    1. Stray
    2. Rogue
    3. Pride
    4. Prey
    5. Shift
    6. Alpha
  21. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  22. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  23. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  24. Emma – Jane Austen
  25. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
  26. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  27. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  28. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  29. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
  30. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame – Victor Hugo
  31. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  32. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  33. Zorba the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis
  34. The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
  35. How to Be Good – Nick Hornby
  36. Camille: The Lady of the Camellias – Alexandre Dumas fils
  37. A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen
  38. Rhinoceros – Eugene Ionescu
  39. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
  40. The Sheltering Sky – Paul Bowles
  41. Foreign Affairs – Alison Lurie
  42. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton
  43. The Razor’s Edge – Somerset Maugham
  44. A Room with a View – E.M.Forster
  45. The Longest Journey – E.M.Forster
  46. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M.Forster
  47. The Sound and the Fury –  William Faulkner
  48. The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
  49. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  50. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  51. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  52. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  53. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  54. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
  55. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel – Michael Scott
    1. The Alchemyst
    2. The Magician
    3. The Sorceress
    4. The Necromancer
    5. The Warlock
    6. The Enchantress
  56. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  57. House of Night – P. C. Cast + Kristin Cast
    1. Marked
    2. Betrayed
    3. Chosen
    4. Untamed
    5. Hunted
    6. Tempted
    7. Burned
    8. Awakened
    9. Destined
    10. Hidden
    11. Revealed
    12. Redeemed
  58. Dune – Frank Herbert
    1. Dune
    2. Dune Messiah
    3. Children of Dune
    4. God Emperor of Dune
    5. Heretics of Dune
    6. Chapterhouse: Dune
  59. Girl Online – Zoe Sugg
  60. Graceling – Kristin Cashore
    1. Graceling
    2. Fire
    3. Bitterblue
  61. Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
    1. Inkheart
    2. Inkspell
    3. Inkdeath
  62. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
  63. The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker
  64. Post-Human – David Simpson
    1. Sub-Human
    2. Post-Human
    3. Trans-Human
    4. Human Plus
    5. Inhuman
  65. The Enchantress of Florence – Salman Rushdie
  66. A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  67. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  68. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. – Adelle Waldman
  69. The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
  70. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
  71. Kissing the Witch – Emma Donoghue
  72. The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer
    1. Cinder
    2. Scarlet
    3. Cress
    4. Winter (release on November 10, 2015)
  73. Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge
  74. Scarlet – A.C. Gaughen
  75. Winterspell – Claire Legrand
  76. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  77. The Maze Runner – James Dashner
    1. The Maze Runner
    2. Scorch Trials
    3. The Death Cure
    4. The Kill Order
  78. Hyperion – Dan Simmons
  79. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  80. Apprentice Adept – Piers Anthony
    1. Split Infinity
    2. Blue Adept
    3. Juxtaposition
    4. Out of Phaze
    5. Robot Adept
    6. Unicorn Point
    7. Phaze Doubt
  81. The Dark Tower – Stephen King
    1. The Gunslinger
    2. The Drawing of the Three
    3. The Waste Lands
    4. Wizard and Glass
    5. Wolves of the Calla
    6. Song of Susannah
    7. The Dark Tower
    8. The Wind Through the Keyhole
  82. The Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
    1. New Spring
    2. The Eye of the World
    3. The Great Hunt
    4. The Dragon Reborn
    5. The Shadow Rising
    6. The Fires of Heaven
    7. Lord of Chaos
    8. A Crown of Swords
    9. The Path of Daggers
    10. Winter’s Heart
    11. Crossroads of Twilight
    12. Knife of Dreams
    13. The Gathering Storm
    14. Towers of Midnight
    15. A Memory of Light
  83. The Iron Druid Chronicles – Kevin Hearne 
    1. Hounded
    2. Hexed
    3. Hammered
    4. Tricked
    5. Trapped
    6. Hunted
    7. Shattered
    8. Staked
  84. The Sword of Truth – Terry Goodkind
    1. The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus
    2. Debt of Bones
    3. Wizard’s First Rule
    4. Stone of Tears
    5. Blood of the Fold
    6. Temple of the Winds
    7. Soul of the Fire
    8. Faith of the Fallen
    9. The Pillars of Creation
    10. Naked Empire
    11. Chainfire
    12. Phantom
    13. Confessor
    14. The Omen Machine
    15. The Third Kingdom
    16. Severed Souls
    17. The Law of Nines
  85. Jack West Jr. Series – Matthew Reilly
    1. Seven Ancient Wonders
    2. The Six Sacred Stones
    3. The Five Greatest Warriors
  86. Red Rising – Pierce Brown
  87. The Riftwar Saga – Raymond E. Feist
    1. Magician
    2. Silverthorn
    3. A Darkness at Sethanon
  88. The Deed of Paksenarrion – Elizabeth Moon
    1. The Deed of Paksenarrion
    2. The Legacy of Gird
    3. Paladin’s Legacy
  89. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
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37 thoughts on “The 100 Book Challenge

  1. i love read different books and I don’t always have the time to finish all the books I start but one book that I love and I can read many times is called the land of stories the wishing well. I hope you read this comment and I hope you read the book too.

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  2. You should defiantly read The Book Thief. Absolutely amazing!
    I also love The Game of Thrones series, i noticed you have them first on your list! i have read them a few times now, super excited for the next book to come out! hopefully it isn’t too far off 🙂

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    • Thanks for the great recommendation! I looked it up on Wikipedia, and it says: Narrated by Death, and that was all I needed to see 😛 Sounds really interesting!
      I started watching the Game of Thrones series last year, and I got hooked, but I decided to read the books, because 1) almost always books are better, and 2) waiting 11 months for the new TV series is torture! I am thinking of getting the audio version, because my commute to work just became waaaaay too long! But, yeah, they are one of the series I am most excited to read 😀

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  3. First, good luck with your thesis. Second, since you enjoy science fiction and fantasy, have you read the first three books of the “Apprentice Adept” series by Piers Anthony? The story jumps back and forth between the technological world and the magical world, even sports are involved – and it works! Also, do not go into this endeavor with a given number of books to complete in a strict timeline. Remember rushing through assigned reading in school so you could get the paper done on time? Read “The Grapes of Wrath” in a hurry and you miss the beautiful rhythm of Steinbeck’s words. It is not the quantity but the enjoyment that should be kept first and foremost. Why add pressure to a pursuit that should bring pleasure?

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    • Thanks a lot for your wishes, and even more for this fantastic recommendation!! It sounds like the combination of everything good in the world! I am definitely not going to pressure myself to finish 100 books in one year, and especially with all the series in there, I KNOW I cannot do it, but I am just curious as to how many books I will be able to finish. So, the timeline is just there for fun, and if I read just a few from this list I will be very happy. Also, this was a good technique to get some good recommendations from the people on the web, and it seems to be working 😉

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  4. For some reason I’m only seeing up to book 78, on that note if they aren’t on the list I highly suggest Stephen King’s Dark Tower series( 7 books) and Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson’s The Wheel of Time (14 books and 1 prequel). Both are fantasy, DT being a western style fantasy and WoT being high fantasy. If you like Lord of the Rings I think you would enjoy WoT. DT is just so different from most fantasy I think it is an interesting and wonderful read. So many of King’s other books also tie into the DT.

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      • Thanks a lot for your wishes! Yes, the list is still incomplete, but I don’t think it will take too long to be done! I don’t think I’ve ever read any book with a Western theme, so I will definitely give it a try! The Wheel of Time sounds much better the the Lord of the Rings! I can’t wait to get my hand on both sets 🙂

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      • Just make sure you wait to read New Spring until you are at least 4-5 books in, if you read it first you will ruin the surprises in Eye of the World and some of the other books. Many people suggest reading it in order of publication which puts it much later in the series but I think as long as you’re at least a few books in you’ll be ok. Also, things get a bit slow around book 7 but pick back up again amd the end is well worth the wait if you get that far and like them.

        Good luck!!

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  5. Good luck getting through this list. Trying to slog through Game of thrones, or the Dune series is daunting. ( i have done both ) Read the Game of thrones novels on my kindle and it took me over 100 hours. A lot of these seem to be “Classics” SO I would recommend the Lensman Series by E.E. “Doc” Smith. And the Asimov Foundation trilogy. They are products of their time and some people would think they are rather sexist. But as “Doc” was to say, men and woman are equal, but different.

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    • Thanks for the recommendation! I am familiar with the Asimov Foundation, but I haven’t heard of the Lensman Series before. They both sound amazing, and I will be sure to add them to the list 🙂 I downloaded the audio books for the Game of Thrones novels because I have a long commute to work, but it will take me ages to get through all the books, so I may have to reconsider and read them instead of listen to them!

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  6. Some great books suggested here. May I add the Paksennarion series by Elizabeth Moon? There are at least 8 books in the series (sorry, I don’t have them close to me at the moment, so I’m not sure) and they are all great! Best
    of luck with your challenge!

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  7. You have compiled a very great list!!! You should try “Red Rising” by Pierce Brown, it was pretty amazing and the next will be coming out in 2015 some time 🙂 I wish you the best of luck!!!

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    • Series of books which delves all into history, in particular things like the seven ancient wonders and ancient treasure while still maintaining a modern feel and a heart stopping pace. Plenty of cliffhangers and plot twists to keep you guessing as well.

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  8. I loved the list! It includes so many book that I would like to read in future. Thanks for compiling such a amazing and through genre. I hope you are able to wander in this world of words without giving up too much on the personal front.
    Best wishes! 🙂
    One recommendation- Rebecca ( I can’t remember the author’s name, Sorry!)

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  9. I am AMAZED on what you have planned for this year. I bet you can finish all of those books. From your list, I’ve already read The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel which was sooooo awesome. Scott did great in lacing fiction and reality together and it’s fast-paced so it’s kind of difficult to put the book down once you get started. You might want to try the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne, one of my favorite books. It’s quite similar to Scott’s. Have fun!

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    • I have been having trouble with both The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings for more than 10 years now! Every couple of years I pick either the Hobbit or the first book fo the LOTR, but I just can’t get through them! It doesn’t help much that I didn’t really enjoy the movies all that much. But I am determined to read them at one point!

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  10. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffery, Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey, Once Upon a Winter’s Night by Dennis McKiernan all start of series I like. Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper. I love to read and these barely scratch the surface but I hope it helps and your list has given me some new books to look for.

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