Saturday, 4 December 2010

The BBC Best List

 So, the BBC thinks that most people have only read 6 of the Top 100 "Big" Books. I've done this before, but I wanna re-do it because I've read a lot more since then. Bold are books I've read, italics mean I've read part of it, underlined means I plan to read it.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling

5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6. The Bible  (I've read the Book of Genesis and I go to Church almost every week)
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8. Nighteen Eighty Four – George Orwell 

9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12. Tess of the D’Ubervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (I've read Macbeth, Richard III, and Romeo and Juliet. NO desire to read anymore.)
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot

21. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy 

25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (I actually have the second book in the series because my sister left if when she went to college)
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens 
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34. Emma – Jane Austen (This one's an almost painful read to me.)
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38. Captain Correlli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

41. Animal Farm- George Orwell

42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52. Dune – Frank Herbert

53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Mark Haddon

60. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On the Road – Jack Kerouac

67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker

73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson
  (LOVED A Little Princess, so I probably should read this)
74. Noted from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Inferno – Dante
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78. Germinal – Emilie Zola

79. Vanity Fair – William Makepiece

80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86. A Fine Balance – Robinston Mistry

87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White

88. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94. Watership Down – Richard Adams

95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98. Hamlet- William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo








So, of the 100 I've read 12, read part of 4, and plan to read 4, though I'm sure I'll read many more for school! How about you guys?

--Julie

3 comments:

  1. I'm at 36! Woot! Mostly because I found a similar list while I was in grad school, and I worked my way through a lot of the modern classics back then. So many good books on this list, alhough I have to say, I did not love One Hundred Years of Solitude...

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  2. I've read half of the list! All of the ones you have underlined I have read and loved :-)

    I think you should definitely read them soon, they are wonderful.

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  3. Woah. You guys are good. I just added a ton of my books to my "To Be Read" list. I've read 14 and partially read 4.

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