15 Books I HAVE to Read

Happy Monday!

How is everyone doing? I’m doing pretty well because I have another week off from work and the weather is okay for the moment (they said it was going to rain all week so fingers crossed they’re wrong!) Yesterday, I also had a lovely and fun evening with friends (real life friends, not the TV show) and there’s a new Game of Thrones episode out so my spirits are very high this fine Monday.

This is how I felt this morning

But before I go on with my day, I’d like to talk about my bookish bucket list.

I know what you’re thinking: “Lauren, isn’t a bucket list the same thing as a TBR?” And to that I say, no.

For me, a TBR is a list of books you’re planning to read soon-ish. You add books, you delete books you’re no longer interested in, etc. In other words, the list can be changed. A bucket list is a list of books I HAVE to read someday. Tomorrow. Next month. Next year. Next decade. I don’t care. I have to read them before I die (excuse the melodrama). There’s no negotiating with this list. Another difference for me is that my TBR mainly consists of contemporary YA books whereas my bucket list has a mixture of classics, non-fiction, and even some poetry.Β 

I’m giving you a sneak peek of fifteen titles and five poets.

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  1. Shakespeare’s plays
  2. Ulysses by James Joyce
  3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  4. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  6. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  8. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  9. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy


  1. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  3. The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom X
  4. Here we Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen
  5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert


  1. Emily Dickinson
  2. Sylvia Plath
  3. Robert Frost
  4. Maya Angelou
  5. e.e. Cummings

Do you have a bookish bucket list? If so, which books do you want to read? Let me know in the comments!

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19 thoughts on “15 Books I HAVE to Read

  1. Thanks to high school, I read a bunch of those classics. The Color Purple I read when I was in college, and I still get so many emotions when it comes to that book. It was phenomenal. Good luck. I hope you read them all!

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  2. Oh this is such an interesting post – definitely makes me think about my on bucket list of books to read! I would really like to read some poets’ works as well, Emily Dickinson is one of them! πŸ™‚

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  3. I definitely need to read some classics — especially TKAM! (Which wasn’t featured but oh well. XD) Agh I tried to read Diary of a Young Girl when I was younger, but it was just too much for me haha! And I REALLY need to get into a lot of poets’ works! Great post — and AWESOME FRIENDS GIF! πŸ˜›

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    • Thank you! To Kill a Mockingbird wasn’t featured because I’ve already read it haha πŸ˜€ It’s actually one of my favourite classics!
      Ah, yes, Diary of a Young Girl is a very heavy books to read I think. I wouldn’t have read it when I was younger either.
      And, yes, Friends is the best! πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you for dropping by! I appreciate it πŸ™‚

      And I hope so too. I won’t rest until I’ve read them all at some point in my life xD


    • I’ve got the same problem. I tell myself I should read more classics but then it never happens. I should set myself a challenge or do something to get me more motivated πŸ˜€


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