BBC 100 Books

17 May

Here’s the BBC list of the 100 top books, or something close to that. They estimate that most people will only have read 6; I’ve read 27 in all. Pretty low for someone with two degrees in English Literature. In my defense, I’ve read a couple hundred books that are not on this list. I’ve started some of these books as well and just couldn’t get hooked (some multiple times, like Anna Karenina; I mean, who has time for that?!). I also have plans on reading a lot of what’s on here as well. Check out my goodreads if you’re curious! Paige’s Goodreads

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (x)
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (x)
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (x)
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (x)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (x)
6 The Bible – ( )
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte ( )
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell ( )
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman ( )
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (x)
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott (x)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy ( )
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (x)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare ( )
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier ( )
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien ( )
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk ( )
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (x)
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (x)
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot ( )
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell ( )
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (x)
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens ( )
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy ( )
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (x)
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh ( )
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( )
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck ( )
29 Alice’s Adventures 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 ( )
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen ( )
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis ( )
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini – ( )
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres ( )
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (x)
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne ( )
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell (x)
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown ( )
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (x)
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 (x)
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding (x)
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan (x)
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-time – Mark Haddon )
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (x)
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck ( )
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (x)
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt ( )
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (x)
65 The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas ( )
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac ( )
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy ( )
68 Bridget Jones’s 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 Burnett ( )
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson ( )
75 Ulysses – James Joyce ( )
76 The Inferno – Dante ( )
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome ( )
78 Germinal – Emile Zola ( )
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray ( )
80 Possession – AS Byatt (x)
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 – Rohinton Mistry ( )
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White (x)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom (x)
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ( )
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton ( )
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (x)
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery ( )
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks (x)
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 (x)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl ( )
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo ( )

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4 Responses to “BBC 100 Books”

  1. Stephanie May 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    i’m at a measly 15… but that’s because I like mysteries and stephen king! haha

    • paigetopus May 22, 2012 at 10:53 am #

      nothing wrong with that! I love Stephen King. which is your favorite? I’ve only read a couple of the more popular ones and definitely want to read more but have NO IDEA where to start.

      • Stephanie May 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

        Misery is my absolute favorite…. I also really like Rose Madder but it’s totally weird. haha

      • paigetopus May 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

        awesome! I’m going to add them to my goodreads to-read list (which, admittedly, is upwards of 120 books :))

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