Sunday, 25 March 2012

BBC book list

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up? My total at the time of writing is 19 (highlighted in bold and tallied in brackets). This only includes books that I have read myself; not books that were read to me as a child or which I've read in part but not finished; or consumed in some other medium such as film, TV, radio, or audiobook; nor books which I own and at some time had the desire to read but haven't quite got round to yet.
  1. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
  3. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (1)
  4. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter series (I've read only the first book)
  5. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  6. The Bible
  7. Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
  8. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (2)
  9. Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials
  10. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
  11. Louisa M. Alcott, Little Women
  12. Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles (3)
  13. Joseph Heller, Catch 22
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare 
  15. Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca
  16. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (4)
  17. Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong
  18. J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (5)
  19. Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
  20. George Eliot, Middlemarch
  21. Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
  22. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (6)
  23. Charles Dickens, Bleak House
  24. Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
  25. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  26. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited (7)
  27. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
  28. John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath
  29. Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (8)
  30. Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
  31. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
  32. Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
  33. C. S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia
  34. Jane Austen, Emma
  35. Jane Austen, Persuasion
  36. C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  37. Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
  38. Louis De Bernieres, Captain Corelli's Mandolin
  39. Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
  40. A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh (9)
  41. George Orwell, Animal Farm (10)
  42. Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code
  43. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
  44. John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meaney
  45. Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (11)
  46. L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
  47. Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
  48. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
  49. William Golding, Lord of the Flies
  50. Ian McEwan, Atonement
  51. Yann Martel, Life of Pi
  52. Frank Herbert, Dune
  53. Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm
  54. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
  55. Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy
  56. Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind
  57. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
  58. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (12)
  59. Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (13)
  60. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
  61. John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
  62. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
  63. Donna Tartt, The Secret History
  64. Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones
  65. Alexandre Dumas, Count of Monte Cristo
  66. Jack Kerouac, On the Road
  67. Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
  68. Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary
  69. Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children
  70. Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
  71. Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
  72. Bram Stoker, Dracula (14)
  73. Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
  74. Bill Bryson, Notes from a Small Island
  75. James Joyce, Ulysses (15)
  76. Dante, The Inferno (16)
  77. Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons
  78. Emile Zola, Germinal
  79. William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
  80. A. S. Byatt, Possession
  81. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  82. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
  83. Alice Walker, The Color Purple
  84. Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
  85. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (17)
  86. Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance
  87. E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
  88. Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  89. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  90. Enid Blyton, The Faraway Tree Collection
  91. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (18)
  92. Antoine De Saint-Eupery, The Little Prince
  93. Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory
  94. Richard Adams, Watership Down
  95. John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces
  96. Nevil Shute, A Town Like Alice
  97. Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
  98. William Shakespeare, Hamlet (19)
  99. Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  100. Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
I originally noted this list on 15 March 2009. I came across it again when purging old files on my laptop.

If you liked this post, you may also like the list of books I have read since June 2006 and  books I wanted to read after Finals. If films are more your kind of thing, here's a list of films I've seen and (sometimes) reviewed.

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