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09 June 2012 @ 03:13 pm
100 BBC books  

Stolen from dante_s_hell

This list of 100 books we all ought to have read is by the BBC. You'll find it behind the cut. It was part of a meme a while back. Feel free to post the meme in your own journal if you like.

Bold the ones you’ve read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you’ve read part of, and no cheating. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn’t count. Abridged versions don’t count either. BTW, according to the BBC if you’ve read 7 of these, you are above the average.

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

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen 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’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

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

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

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

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

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 - in Spanish (original)

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - 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’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

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

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

raeholland50 on June 9th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Does watching the films count? Lol
Are 6 dogs too many?: Belle Teaches The Beast to Readtkeylasunset on June 9th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Mmm... maybe you could put those in Red or something!

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Are 6 dogs too many?: Belle at Bookstoretkeylasunset on June 9th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Rock on!!
antesqueluzantesqueluz on June 10th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
I have appropriated the meme as well. I need to actually read some of the tomes hanging around here...
Are 6 dogs too many?: Belle Teaches The Beast to Readtkeylasunset on June 10th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
Have fun with it! I may have read more than I bolded but I honestly can no longer remember.
a geek in such the wrong way: misc-rainbow bookshaldoor on June 10th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
Well, you've done more than 7, so you've done well! I have too, but maybe different ones, so I think I'll do it too! thanks! ;-)
Are 6 dogs too many?: Belle at Bookstoretkeylasunset on June 10th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
Have fun!!! Reading is FUNdamental, right?

a geek in such the wrong way: H50-steve-hand to mouthhaldoor on June 10th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
It certainly is! ;-)
bluedelft on June 10th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Grabbed it from a few of you know and just posted.

Think it's interesting to see what books people have read.

marence, an eternal studentmarence on June 12th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
I just looked at my old entries, because I was sure I did this (or something like this)...
and I did!
I guess I read a lot.

Also, I'm old, so I've had lots of years to read a lot. And I got a (printed) list similar to this back in the 80s, and went to the library and caught up on the classics, which probably accounts for at least 30 of the books on the list. Another dozen were recent listens on audiobooks, which is the only way I could get through Dickens, Dumas, and Hardy these days.

Quite frankly, about a third of them I really didn't enjoy.
Are 6 dogs too many?: Belle at Bookstoretkeylasunset on June 12th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Wow. I looked at your "old" page. That's incredible. Good for you!!