1000 Books to read before you die – Modern Mrs Darcy

Readers, welcome to 2019! If you entered the new year dreaming of a fresh approach to your reading life, whether the goal is tackling the classics, beating your Goodreads challenge, or simply finding more joy in your reading life, today’s guest Jim Mustich is sharing decades of wisdom to help kick off your best reading year ever.

Jim and I got to meet in person at the Kentucky Book Festival, where we discussed the importance of reading and shared some of our favorite books with the audience. It was such a good time! Jim is the author of the new book 1000 Books to Read Before You Die, which is a wonderful addition to any book lover’s shelves, and one I’ve thoroughly enjoyed perusing.

Today Jim and I chat about his history as a reader and why reading 1000 books might not be as daunting as it first sounds. We’re also putting Jim in the hot seat today: I share three of my favorites, and then Jim recommends which of those 1000 books he thinks *I* should prioritize. It’s a fantastic start to the new year!

What Should I Read Next #165: 1000 Books to read before you die with Jim Mustich

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1000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List, by Jim Mustich (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
The Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancy (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
The Surprise of Cremona: One Woman’s Adventures in Cremona, Parma, Mantua, Ravenna, Urbino and Arezzo, by Edith Templeton (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology, by Ellen Ullman (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents, by Ellen Ullman (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Memoirs of a Highland Lady, by Elizabeth Grant (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History, by Norman Mailer (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Miami and the Siege of Chicago: An Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968, by Norman Mailer (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
• The Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Einstein’s Dreams, by Alan Lightman (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
The All of It, by Jeanette Haien (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built, by Stewart Brand (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
The Liar’s Club, by Mary Karr (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
The Sea, The Sea, by Iris Murdoch (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
This House of Sky, by Ivan Doig (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
Life: A User’s Manual, by Georges Perec (AmazonBarnes and Noble)
A Dresser of Sycamore Trees: The Finding of a Ministry, by Garret Keizer (AmazonBarnes and Noble)

Also mentioned:

• Powell’s City of Books in Oregon


What books would you include in a read-before-you-die list? Tell us in the comments!

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