BBC Big Read List

I saw this on Pam’s blog and thought it looked like fun!

“Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here, in their The Big Read list. Instructions: Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt.” I have underlined the ones I want to read.

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. 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

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 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
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

I’ve read half of these! I should probs finish what I’ve started though.

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Comments

  1. Here’s my record regarding this list.

    7 started but not completed including one mostly read (I skipped a part in the middle of 1984)

    14 read (though Chronicles of Narnia doesn’t exist as a single book, I have read all of the series which includes Lion Witch & Wardrobe no.36 on list)

    I WOULD have read The Wasp Factory. Iain Banks was one of my favourite authors and I read a few of his books. Unfortunately my boss at the time had read The Wasp Factory and decided to tell me the most significant plot element – the equivalent of telling me who-done-it in an Agatha Christie. I tried waiting for years, hoping to forget what he told me but without success.

  2. amberherself says:

    I checked out the Big List & the books on it do not match what you have…. Considering all the Harry Potters are on it, I don’t imagine the majority of people have only read 6 of these. It does have a lot of my favourites though which only proves Brits have great taste in books!

  3. Interesting that both the Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are on the list — seems like double dipping.

  4. I’m actually surprised that I’ve read 5 completely lol. I guess I read alot of fluff…

  5. I’ve read 35, with parts of The Complete Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, and LOTR. I do plan to read everything on this list at some point or another though!

  6. I’ve only read 27 of those on the list. It’s pretty amazing that you’ve already read more than half.

  7. I did this list too and was surprised that I had compelted 71. I definitely want to finish it now.

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