So at 52 years old I have come to the realization that while I read a lot…I am not well read. There gaping holes in the types and quality of books I have read over the years. I tend to stick within a narrow range of genres, mostly non-fiction history and biography. I am especially wanting in the classics (I’ve never read Catcher in the Rye for God’s sakes!).

I’ve decided to rectify this situation by coming up with a list of books I MUST read before I die! The question was how to come up with this list? What books should I include?

I was actually inspired to start this quest by an article I saw recently describing a list some authors and publishers had derived on of the 100 books you must read before you die. So that list is the kernel around which my total list was formed.

So, the list of 642 (and counting) books that I am committed to reading before I die (unless I get hit by a bus or something) was derived by adding the following together:

Bucket Source CodeBucket Source Description
FPFrancis Parkman Prize for American History and Biography
NBANational Book Award Winner
NFPPulitzer Prize Winner for General Non-Fiction
PBAPulitzer Prize Winner for Biography/Autobiography
PH Pulitzer Prize Winner for History
PFPulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction
Amazon list of 100 books to read before you die
W100World Library list of 100 greatest books of all time
NobelWorks by Nobel Prize for Literature Winners
BookerBooker Man Prize
FaulknerPen/Faulkner Award Winners
NebulaNebula Award for Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
HugoHugo Award for Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Add to this all the books I have already read and reviewed, and any new books that come along that demand to be read!

Suggestions are welcome!


Current Bucket Status

Currently Reading: The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

Current Audio Book: The Free State of Jones by Victoria Bynum

On Deck: Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C. by Harry Jaffe and Tom Sherwood

In the Bullpen: Summer for the Gods: The Scopes trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion by Edward J. Larson

Last Read: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

From Bucket Authors

New Bucket Books

An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield

The Case Against the Supreme Court by Erwin Chemerinsky

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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