BBC Book List

This is making the rounds on facebook but I thought I would share it here.  I enjoy reading and while I don’t have nearly as much time to read as I once did, it remains a favorite pastime and one for which I am indebted to my parents.  They made reading a regular activity from my earliest days and all through my childhood we went as a family to the public library every other Friday evening after dinner.


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.

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES.
Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety
Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt.

  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 (all)
  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/The Golden Compass – 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 Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger  
  19. The Time Traveller’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 Berniere
  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 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 Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  78. Germinal – Emile Zola 
  79. Vanity Fair – William Make
  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

So, what about you?  What have you read?  What would you like to read?  What would you like to go back and read again?  There are many I would like to go back and read and others I would love to read again.


0 thoughts on “BBC Book List

  1. I don’t value what other people think I should read. Some of these book represent pop culture of their time. Some of these books are written in a rather disagreeable style. Let’s face Shakespeare is not an easy read. There are a number of Dickens’ books, but where is the Oscar Wilde classic or for that matter a single book by Ayn Rand. I am an avid reader, but most of these books would NOT appear on my list what makes me look intellectual.

  2. You know, I read a lot as well.  I have bookcases filled with books I’ve read.  Hardly any of them appear of this list.  According to the list, I’m just average.  Not.

  3. I’ve read 58 of these books, probably due to my major (English lit). Wrote my thesis on 100 Years of Solitude. Mitch Albom’s books never fail to make me cry in public locations, haha.

  4. I have read your list and I think you have good taste since it is the same as mine. I found Card – Ender’s Series to be of interest. If you being make sure you find the first in the series – it is one those you need to follow from the beginning. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I personally have read about half of these. I was an English major in college so they were required. There are a lot of really good authors that do not appear on this list that I have also read.

  6. No list is going to cover each individual’s reading preferences, of course, but it is interesting to go through a list and see where I stand in that list-maker’s selections. I’m happy to say I’ve read 43 of the books on this list, 4 of them twice, one in French (Le Petit Prince). Charlotte’s Web was a favorite of Chris and Jennifer’s as they began getting into chapter books as children. We read them together. There are 250 books on my reading list, so I have quite an eclectic interest when it comes to reading. Belonging to a book discussion group certainly stretches my choices as we encompass the choices of several people. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Does the movie version count? Surprisingly, I’ve read 14 on the list. A little embarrassing since my own brother and mother have read over half of the list but considering I only read during the summer, not bad.

  8. i’ve read 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 25, 29, 33, 36, 42, 51, 52, 54, 57, 58, 59, 61, 65, 72, 87, 88, 97, 98, 99, and 100 (abridged – does that count?). i’m surprised that the bbc claims people will only read 6 of these; there are so many classics, many of which are taught in schools. i feel like i missed reading a lot of the classics, though. oh, and i think listing 33 and 36 is kind of cheating… the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe is part of the chronicles of narnia!

  9. @kunhuo42 – Well, at least you didn’t ask if the musical counted!  Ha ha…  There are a lot I would like to go back and read again.@oldpartner – 14 is better than none!@jandsschultz – Glad you enjoyed it.@stebow – @everyday_yogi – @amygwen – Oh, the list certainly misses a lot of worthy books and contains many that are questionable.@Fatcat723 – Well, it is the BBC’s list (actually, The Guardian in London’s list) so I can’t take credit for it.@moolgishin – So when you need some sympathy you take his books to a public place and read them?  =D@yang1815 – Have you watched the BBC mini-series called “Sherlock”?

  10. I’ve got 57 out of 100 read and I’ve started and failed to finish 4… sorry but War and Peace is off the list (3 strikes and you’re out). I would like to revisit some of these (Watership Down and The Three Musketeers especially). Of course I’m reviewing the HP series and I’ve read Sherlock Holmes a couple of times. The Chronicles of Narnia are once again going to be on the list in anticipation of seeing the next movie – Voyage of the Dawn Treader (I am in love with that Reepicheep mouse – swoon!)

  11. i have not read most of them but have seen quite a few of them in films. from your list, i have read only 5 (one which i had to read back in high school), and 3 titles there which i own the books but not yet have the time to read. i own many books and devote an entire cabinet solely for them, unfortunately i buy and own more than i have the time to read them. yeah, i’m a slow reader.

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