Monday, February 22, 2010

BBC booklist

This one's for you Alishia!

BBC's The Big Read published a list of the country's favorite books back in 2003. This was also sent around on facebook last year.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien YEP
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen YEP (audiobook I think)
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman YEP loved it
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams YEP hated it
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling YEP LOVED it
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee YEP
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne YEP
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell YEP
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis YEP LOVED THEM ALL
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller YEP
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë tried to read it
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger YEP
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame YEP
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens YEP
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott YEP a looooooong time ago
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres tried to read it
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell YEP
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling YEP
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling YEP
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling YEP
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien YEP many many times
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll YEP
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez YEP -didn't quite finish
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett YEP
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl YEP
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen YEP
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen YEP
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery YEP my favorite series of all time
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald YEP
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas YEP audiobook!
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett YEP want to reread it
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck YEP
53. The Stand, Stephen King YEP
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy tried to read it
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl YEP
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden YEP
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding YEP
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl YEP
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl YEP
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley YEP
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac YEP hated it
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel YEP great series i came across last year
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho YEP
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez YEP
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

3 I started but couldn't get past the first few pages.

41 books read! How about you?


  1. I have read 18 but I've seen most of the others in movie version and when I've seen the movie I don't want to read the book cause it has been ruined by the movie. Usually I find that the books are always better than the movies. I would much rather have read the book first and then see the movie.

  2. Thanks Sara! I've read 38 of those... I also hated the Hitchiker's Guide. I think the list I have from facebook or somewhere was a slight variation of this one, although I'm sure my total comes up about the same.
    I love the Clan of the Cave Bear Series also though!

    I should get reading! I just started Digital Fortress... since it was on my shelf. I need something less action packed / anxiety provoking next haha.


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