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It's been a while since I've done one of these. This was stolen from tkeylasunset. It's apparently a list of 100 books the BBC thinks everybody should read.  And since the BBC is the bastion of culture in the English speaking world...

Bold the ones you’ve read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you’ve read part of, and no cheating. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn’t count. Abridged versions don’t count either. BTW, according to the BBC if you’ve read 7 of these, you are above the average.  

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

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 Bernieres

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 - in Spanish (original)

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 - 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 - 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

Seems a bit of a random assortment to me. As you see, I've read most of the ones that could be considered children's books and too few of the rest. But many of them are sitting on my shelves, or my coffee table, or in my e-reader...I have good intentions about reading, anyway.



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Jun. 10th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
I find Dickens boring, he got paid by the word and it shows.
The Handmaid's Tale is very good and really kind of freaky when you consider what the Republicans are doing to women in the US right now.
I find it interesting that Hamlet is separated out from the complete works of Shakespeare and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from the Chronicles of Narnia.
This list is from the BBC and they don't list P. G. Wodehouse? For shame!
Jun. 12th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not sure how legit this list is...
It took me a while to get into Dickens, and I didn't get very far! The verbosity, it burns!
Jun. 12th, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
The old curiosity shop was on pbs and I watched it, for some bizarre reason, even though I knew it was dickens. Had dvr'd it, so wound up fast-forwarding through it. Don't know if I even want to bother with The Mystery of Edwin Drodd, I've seen the spoof of that but the real thing? I don't know...
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Jun. 12th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
These seems a pretty random list... And you are most assuredly above average. :-D
Jun. 10th, 2012 05:49 am (UTC)
35. All that time when I should have been watching TV. But I'll never regret The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
Jun. 12th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
That one's on my e-reader....I really need to read that...
Jun. 10th, 2012 09:30 am (UTC)
I surprised myself with the fact that I'm well above the average for this; I didn't think I read that much! XD
Jun. 12th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
It's funny to look back and see what you've read and what you may have missed.
Jun. 10th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
Wow only 7 to be above average? What about all the ones that are series?
Dunno about how it works in the states, but here you can't graduate high school without reading at least 4 of these.
I'm wondering if I should get to count all the ones I read for school? heh.

...I'm finding the lack of Faulkner surprising.
Jun. 10th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
I think we could probably kick one of John Steinbeck's pieces off the list for some Faulkner. But I don't get to be in charge of the list. :-)
Jun. 11th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Heh. You could make your own list! We could put 50 Shades of Grey on there and give a whole lotta people one easy point. ;)
Jun. 12th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
Yeah...I'm not sure of the legitimacy of this list. Some noted authors are conspicuously absent while others are over represented.... But, I think it's interesting to see what I've read and which things I've missed. Some of these are definitely on the high school required reading list.
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