Tuesday, August 4, 2009

BBC's 100 Books

I was blog-jumping this morning, and stumbled upon a meme over at Bloody Bad, A Book Blog about BBC's 100 Books. I went to the BBC's site to check it out... it's a good list!

Here's the list from the BBC site , it's actually the 100 Best Loved Novels (it's not exactly the same as the meme going around), and I've checked off what I've read:

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien X

2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen X

3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams X

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling X

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 X

12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë X

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

18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres

20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy x-started it, couldn't finish it!!

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 X

26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

27. Middlemarch, George Eliot

28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving X

29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck

30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll X

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

35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

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

43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald X

44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas X

45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

46. Animal Farm, George Orwell X

47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens X

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 X

52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck

53. The Stand, Stephen King X

54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy X

55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth

56. The BFG, Roald Dahl

57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome

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

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 X

71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind

72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell

73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett

74. Matilda, Roald Dahl

75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding

76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt

77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins

78. Ulysses, James Joyce X

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 X

84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake

85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson

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

92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel

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

Hmmm....37 1/2 out of 100, and some of those were children's books!! I need to buy more books!! How well do you stack up?


  1. Hi Patti! Well...I've read 16 (& at least half were assigned by English teachers), so you're way ahead of me. The one you don't have checked I totally recommend is #42, Watership Down by Richard Adams. I've both read it & listened to the audio version. If you can handle talking, thinking, warring rabbits, it's a F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S story!
    :) Larissa

  2. Hi Larissa! There were several books on the list I thought I should give a try...maybe make it my mid-year resolution?

  3. 39:> Three up on ya!!!

  4. great blog. i'm following you now. you should check mine out. i do author interviews!

  5. Dad, I find that hard to believe...

    J, I'm not surprised, you love to read as much as I do.

    Kelly, thanks, I'll certainly head over to check you out!

  6. Yeah, Stalker. But It takes yyou a month to read one book!!!

  7. I did this some months ago, and well didn't do that well...18, hm.
    But I didn't remember that my 2fav books of all time was here :D