Sunday, 11 November 2012

BBC Top 100 Books to Read In a Lifetime



Just for a bit of fun.....

The BBC have provided a list of 100 books that they believe everyone should read in their lifetime. They state that most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here.

How many have you read? 

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible - Various
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 1984 - George Orwell
9 Northern Lights (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 Romeo and Juliet - William 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
23 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
24 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
25 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
26 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
27 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
28 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
29 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
30 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
31 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
32 Emma - Jane Austen
33 Persuasion - Jane Austen
34 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
35 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
36 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
37 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
38 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
39 Animal Farm - George Orwell
40 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
41 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
42 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
43 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
44 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
45 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
46 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
47 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
48 Atonement - Ian McEwan
49 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
50 Dune - Frank Herbert
51 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
52 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
53 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
54 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
55 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
56 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
57 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
58 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
59 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
60 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
61 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
62 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
63 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
64 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
65 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
66 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
67 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
68 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
69 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
70 Dracula - Bram Stoker
71 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
72 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
73 Ulysses - James Joyce
74 The Inferno - Dante
75 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransom
76 Germinal - Emile Zol
77 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackera
78 Possession - AS Byatt
79 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
80 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchel
81 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
82 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
83 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
84 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
85 Charlotte's Web - EB White
86 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
87 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
88 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
89 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
90 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
91 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
92 Watership Down - Richard Adams
93 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
94 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
95 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
96 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
97 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
98 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
99 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
100 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh


I've read 35 so far... will get cracking on the rest!!

8 comments:

  1. Just did this with my mum, lots of fun! I have read 29, so still a lot to go! And Mum has read 62!! very impressive! x

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  2. Both very impressive scores- especially considering the average person is supposed to only have read 6! Glad you enjoyed doing it- thanks for letting me know your scores :) x

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  3. Ive read 10 so lots to read! Going to start his dark materials now. The bbc page I was on had it in its top five. Has this beem updated?

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  4. Just came across your Blog very interesting looking through the list I have read 10. I live reading but am so busy I just don't get enough time:-(

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  5. I have read 46 but I am a total book nerd! I'll get to the remaining 54 asap but the book that I have loved the most did not make the list: Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset.

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  6. i have read approx 30 book. my alltime fav? Rebecca by Daphne Dumuire. scandals, murders,a mytery woman.

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  7. I've read 15, but I don't have any desire to force myself to read the rest, particularly Ulysses by James Joyce. Ugh!!

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  8. Rosie, you're such a total hottie! And...a real Princess for compiling this list. I've been wanting to expand my reading into the classics and this really helps. Already acquired 5 and will begin immediately.

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