By Guest Blogger Ellen Bryant Lloyd

A bucket list is defined as a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. A book bucket list is defined in a similar manner — a list of books that you hope to read during your lifetime. Lists may include books that are life-changing, self-help, memoirs, classics, feature powerful stories or ones that make you think about life and things that matter.

As this year comes to a close, consider creating a book bucket list and make a plan to start working through your list in 2022. Although your list will be unique to you, you may want to consider some of the great titles listed here. Enjoy creating your book bucket list and above all … Happy reading!

A Book Bucket List

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Precious Present by Spencer Johnson

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Roots by Alex Haley

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

– Becoming Better Grownups: Rediscovering What Matters and Remembering how to Fly by Brad Montague

The Little Prince by Antoine d Saint-Exupery

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

– I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

– Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven

Obviously, it’s time to start compiling your Book Bucket List! Since 2022 is right around the corner, now is as good a time as ever. Above all, you want to make sure your list includes topics that interest you or inspire you. Therefore, once you get started, you may choose to add more to your list by checking out Ellen’s previous Book Nook blogs here! Also be sure to visit our Facebook Chat page. Since our members often ask about book recommendations, this will in fact prove to be another good resource for you to use. Lastly, follow TMoM on Instagram.  We will post Book Nook blogs there, as well as showcasing book titles in our stories. 

Ellen Bryant Lloyd is the author of FRECKLES, as well as FRECKLES and The Great Beach Rescue. Please visit and to learn more about Freckles. While Ellen blogs for TMoM each month, she also enjoys many avenues of sharing her thoughts through local publications. Similarly, Ellen writes a blog about her perspectives on life and parenting at and tweets at @EllenBLloyd. She lives in Greensboro with her husband and two children.

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