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101 Books to Read Before You Die

Welcome to The Reading Room’s 101 Books to Read Before You Die.  We want to create a list of the 101 books that everyone should read – and we need your help.  Which book do you think should be essential reading for everyone?  Whether it’s a book that changed your life, or just one you really enjoyed, we want to hear about it.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a work of great literature or a trashy paperback, a bestseller, or something a little more obscure – all that matters is that you love it and want to share it with others.

To take part, simply email us at readingroom@sirenonline.co.uk with your nomination and a short explanation of why you think it should be on the list.  What’s it about? Why is it so important to you?  And why do you think others should read it?

The list was launched in February 2011 and will continue to grow each month - here's the list so far...

McCarthy's Bar by Pete McCarthy001

McCarthy's Bar by Pete McCarthy

Nominated by Paul Tyler

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre002

Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

Nominated by Jonny Haw

Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner003

Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner

Nominated by Joanne at The Book Pond

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho004

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Nominated by Ed Hartop

Room by Emma Donoghue005

Room by Emma Donoghue

Nominated by Sarah Ann Juckes

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The Catcher In The Rye by J D Salinger006

The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

Nominated by Steven Lawrence

The Time Machine by H G Wells007

The Time Machine by H G Wells

Nominated by Georgia Twynham

Life of Pi by Yann Martel008

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Nominated by Kate Tyler

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The Sound of One Hand Clapping by Richard Flannigan009

The Sound of One Hand Clapping by Richard Flannigan

Nominated by Caroline McLean from TheReadingRoom.com

Whats Not To Love by Jonathan Ames010

What's Not to Love? by Jonathan Ames

Nominated by Richard Herring

Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome011

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome

Nominated by Gill Hart

Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters012

Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters

Nominated by Lesley Farrell

Ransom by David Malouf013

Ransom by David Malouf

Nominated by Kate Anderson from TheReadingRoom.com

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte014

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Nominated by Claire Kinton

The Power and The Glory by Graham Greene015

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Nominated by Karen Maitland

Selected Poems by Charles Simic016

Selected Poems 1963 - 2003 by Charles Simic

Nominated by Brendan Cleary

The Rum Diary by Hunter S Thompson017

The Rum Diary by Hunter S Thompson

Nominated by Abigail Tarttelin

7 Myths About Love... Actually by Mike George018

7 Myths about Love... Actually! by Mike George

Nominated by Tony Hawks

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald019

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Nominated by Mark Kermode

The House of The Spirits by Isabel Allende020

The House Of The Spirits by Isabel Allende

Nominated by Marcia Conter Davies

Miss Garnet's Angel by Salley Vickers021

Miss Garnet's Angel by Salley Vickers

Nominated by Tracy Borman

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe022

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe

Nominated by James Walker, Books Editor at LeftLion

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh.jpg023

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

Nominated by Luke Wright

The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins024

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Nominated by Elly Griffiths

Dear Olivia by Mary Contini025

Dear Olivia by Mary Contini

Nominated by Peter Kerr

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Dark Matter by Michelle Paver026

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

Nominated by Nikki Valentine

Actual Air by David Berman027

Actual Air by David Berman

Nominated by John Osborne

The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami028

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Nominated by John Mitchinson from Unbound

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall029

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

Nominated by Jim Bob