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.
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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
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll
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 – A.A. 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 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-time – 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 – E.B. 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 (In French)
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
Because of time constraints, I’ve already decided to exclude novels running as a series (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter.) I do have to think about my working day and social life after all, haha.
My top ten for 2011:
- Number 86 – A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry: Set in Mumbai, India from 1947 – 1977 during ‘The Emergency’ a time of political unrest and civilian suppression. Four characters from varied background come together by circumstance and create a bond.
- Number 66 – On the Road by Jack Kerouac: A largely autobiographical work based on the road trips of Kerouac and his friends across America in the 1950s. Its considered the defining lifestyle of the Beat Generation, including trends such as jazz, poetry and drugs.
- Number 62 – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: Hailed as one of the all time best of the 20th century, narrated by 37 year-old Humbert and starring his obsession, a 12 year old girl named Dolores.
- Number 76 – The Inferno by Dante: The first part of Dante’s fourteenth century epic poem, The Divine Comedy, it is an allegory of hell, a story of Dante’s travel through nine circles of suffering located within the earth.
- Number 31 – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: A classic tale of love and adultery in late 19th century, high brow Moscow and St. Petersburg. The novel follows the disastrous tale of the beautiful married socialite Anna, and an army officer Count Vronsky, with dozens of other characters weaved through.
- Number 100 – Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: The novel focuses on ex-convict Jean Valjean’s redemption and his run from the law throughout his life. The novel follows him and other characters from 1815 to the French Revolution of 1832 examining theories of law and grace.
- Number 21 – Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell: A story of the genteel south during and after the American Civil War. The book focuses on the growing up and romances of spoiled and vivacious Scarlet O’Hara, daughter of a wealthy plantation owner.
- Number 19 – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: A romance novel about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably and his wife who must cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences.
- Number 13 – Catch 22 by Joseph Heller: Set in World War II, and based on the author’s own experiences during the war, the story focuses on the character, Yossarian, who serves as a B-52 bombardier stationed on the small island of Pianosa in Italy.
- Number 64 – The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: The story of girl, who, after being raped and murdered, watches from limbo as her family try to move on in their lives while she comes to terms with her own death.