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March 1, 2009

on March 1, 2009

Have you read these books?

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Tally your total at the bottom.
3) Tag others and pass it on. If I tagged you, it is because I think you love to read, like me!

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (X) – for grandma one year
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (X) – Does more than once count?
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (X) – also for grandma
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (X)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee () – I don’t know how I missed reading this, I have seen the movie more times than I can count..
6 The Bible (X) – I haven’t read it all, but quite a bit of it.
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte () – again, the Semaphore version is just fine for me!
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell (X) – though I think everyone in my graduating HS class had to as well.  I got to re-read it to see all the connections between it and Notes from the Underground.
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (X) – Ok, I listened to the first unabridged (does that count?), and am waiting for the Hubby to download the other two.  
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (X)
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott (X) – my mother made me!
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy ()
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (X)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare ()
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier () – Haven’t read this, but love the movie :)
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien (X) – Can’t wait for this movie :)
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk ()
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (X)
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 (X)
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens ()
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (X) – Really, the same semester I read Brothers Karamazof and Notes from the Underground
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (X)
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh ()
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (X) – ah, gotta love that Russian Lit
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck ()
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (X)
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame (X)
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (X)  – again, with the Russian Lit , but I read this in France, in French, not in English or Russian.  Maybe that’s why I enjoyed it? :)
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens ()
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (X)
34 Emma – Jane Austen ()
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen ()
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis (X) – Isn’t this part of the Chronicles of Narnia?  Why is this here twice?
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini ()
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres ()
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden () – I’m sure just seeing the movie doesn’t count.
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne (X) – How could you not read this?
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell (X)
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown (X)
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 (X)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy ()
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (X) – Though, after reading it, I’m not sure why I did!
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding (X)
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan ()
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel (X)
52 Dune – Frank Herbert (X) – as well as the rest, up to the son’s entries to the series.
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 (X)
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (X)
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon (X)
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez ()
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (X)
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (X)
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt ()
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (X)
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas () – Why isn’t the Three Musketeers on this list?  That one I’ve read :)
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac ()
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy ()
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (X)
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie () – Read the Satanic Verses, and then gave Sharif my copy.
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville ()
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (X)
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker (X) – Even have a version illustrated by Edward Gorey
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (X)
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 (X) – and in French, no less!
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray ()
80 Possession – AS Byatt ()
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens (X) – Am I allowed to hate this?
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell ( )
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker ()
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro ()
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (X) – read in English as well as in French!
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry ()
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White (X)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom ()
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (X) – I enjoy listening to Holmes in the car too!
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton ( )
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad ()
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (X) – I should try to read this in English one year.  I love this book.
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks ( )
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams (X)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole ()
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute ()
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas (X) – Here’s the Musketeers.  I feel better now.
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare (X)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (X)
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (X) – this one in french too :(

 I’m always amazed at the current books that make these types of list.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

So, I tally 49 (or 51, if you count the partial two).  Not too shabby!  TPTB (or whoever make these lists) need to have a bit more faith…

BBC’s original listing can be found here.   This one isn’t too far off…  Though it had to have been done here in the US, as Pratchett isn’t on the one going around Facebook now.  I’ll pop the BBC’s original with my x’s in here shortly :)


In April 2003 the BBC’s Big Read began the search for the nation’s best-loved novel, and we asked you to nominate your favourite books.

Below are all the results from number 1 to 100 in numerical order!


x 1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
x 2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
x 3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
x 4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
x 5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
x 7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
x 8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
x 9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
x 10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
x 11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
x 15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
x 16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
x 17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
x 18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
x 20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
x 22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
x 23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
x 24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
x 25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
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
x 30. Alices Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
x 35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
x 36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
x 39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
x 41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
x 42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
x 43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
x 46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
x 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

x 51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
x 53. The Stand, Stephen King
x 54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
x 58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
x 59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
x 60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
x 63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
x 64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
x 65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
x 67. The Magus, John Fowles
x 68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (LOVE THIS BOOK!!)
x 69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
x 70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
x 73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
x 74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
x 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
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
x 87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
x 92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
x 93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie





Even with Pratchett here, looks like I’ve only read 47 of this list…  Hum…



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