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The BBC Big Read top 100 books

The BBC Big Read top 100 books, in alphabetical order:
(I have italisized the ones I have read - bolded ones one my list to read)

I would love to hear any recommendations or discussion of why or why not things shoul be on this list. And my goodness, who is Terry Prachett?


· 1984 George Orwell
· The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
· Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
· Animal Farm George Orwell
· Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
· Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery
· Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
· The BFG Roald Dahl
· Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
· Black Beauty Anna Sewell
· Bleak House Charles Dickens
· Brave New World Aldous Huxley
· Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
· Bridget Jones' Diary Helen Fielding
· Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières
· Catch-22 Joseph Heller
· The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
· Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
· A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
· The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M Auel - I tried to read this - ugh...
· Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
· The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett
· The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
· Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
· David Copperfield Charles Dickens
· Double Act Jacqueline Wilson
· Dune Frank Herbert
· Emma Jane Austen
· Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
· Girls in Love Jacqueline Wilson
· The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
· The Godfather Mario Puzo
· Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
· Good Omens Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
· Goodnight Mr Tom Michelle Magorian
· Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
· The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
· Great Expectations Charles Dickens
· The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
· Guards! Guards! Terry Pratchett
· Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets JK Rowling
· Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire JK Rowling
· Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone JK Rowling
· Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban JK Rowling

· His Dark Materials trilogy Philip Pullman
· The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
· The Hobbit JRR Tolkien

· Holes Louis Sacher
· I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith
· Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
· Kane and Abel Jeffrey Archer
· Katherine Anya Seton
· The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe CS Lewis
· Little Women Louisa May Alcott
· Lord of the Flies William Golding
· The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
· Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
· The Magic Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
· Magician Raymond E Feist
· The Magus John Fowles
· Matilda Roald Dahl
· Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
· Middlemarch George Eliot
· Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
· Mort Terry Pratchett
· Nightwatch Terry Pratchett
· Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman
· Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
· On the Road Jack Kerouac
· One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
· Perfume Patrick Süskind
·P ersuasion Jane Austen
· The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
· A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving
· Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
· The Princess Diaries Meg Cabot
· The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Robert Tressell
· Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
· The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
· The Secret History Donna Tartt
· The Shell Seekers Rosamund Pilcher
· The Stand Stephen King
· The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson
· A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
· Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
· A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
· Tess of the D'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
· The Thorn Birds Colleen McCollough
· To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
· A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
· Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
· The Twits Roald Dahl
· Ulysses James Joyce
· Vicky Angel Jacqueline Wilson
· War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
· Watership Down Richard Adams
· The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
· Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
· The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
· Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë


Lots of children's books here. I think it's neat - I love children's books - but ALL of the Harry Potter's? Book 2 was awful, IMO.

Also interesting - a lot of my favorite authors are on there - (Frances Hodgson Burnett, Dickens, William Wilkie Collins) but not my favorite books by them. Other favorite authors are not here at all - Kafka, Louise Erdrich, Davis Foster Wallace, Pynchon..who is missing that surprises you the most?
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so many books to read, so little time. i haven't read even a quarter of those...

the secret history by donna tartt is phenomenal. go read it now.

lord of the flies is another of my favorite books. its one that was torn apart and analyzed in a college lit class. that practice often made me depise the book, but in this instance i emerged with a greater appreciation.
yikes. you think you're a fairly literate individual and then you see a list like this one! here's mine - italicized ones i've read, then bolded ones are on my "to read" list...

· 1984 George Orwell
· The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
· Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
· Animal Farm George Orwell
· Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
· Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery
· Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
· The BFG Roald Dahl
· Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
· Black Beauty Anna Sewell
· Bleak House Charles Dickens
· Brave New World Aldous Huxley
· Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
· Bridget Jones' Diary Helen Fielding
· Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières
· Catch-22 Joseph Heller
· The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
· Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
· A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
· The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M Auel - I tried to read this - ugh...
· Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
· The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett
· The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
· Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
· David Copperfield Charles Dickens
· Double Act Jacqueline Wilson
· Dune Frank Herbert
· Emma Jane Austen
· Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
· Girls in Love Jacqueline Wilson
· The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
· The Godfather Mario Puzo
· Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
· Good Omens Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
· Goodnight Mr Tom Michelle Magorian
· Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
· The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
· Great Expectations Charles Dickens
· The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
· Guards! Guards! Terry Pratchett
· Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets JK Rowling
· Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire JK Rowling
· Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone JK Rowling
· Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban JK Rowling
· His Dark Materials trilogy Philip Pullman
· The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
· The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
· Holes Louis Sacher
· I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith
· Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
· Kane and Abel Jeffrey Archer
· Katherine Anya Seton
· The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe CS Lewis
· Little Women Louisa May Alcott
· Lord of the Flies William Golding
· The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
· Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
· The Magic Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
· Magician Raymond E Feist
· The Magus John Fowles
· Matilda Roald Dahl
· Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
· Middlemarch George Eliot
· Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
· Mort Terry Pratchett
· Nightwatch Terry Pratchett
· Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman
· Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
· On the Road Jack Kerouac
· One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
· Perfume Patrick Süskind
·P ersuasion Jane Austen
· The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
· A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving
· Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
· The Princess Diaries Meg Cabot
· The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Robert Tressell
· Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
· The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
· The Secret History Donna Tartt
· The Shell Seekers Rosamund Pilcher
· The Stand Stephen King
· The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson
· A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
· Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
· A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
· Tess of the D'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
· The Thorn Birds Colleen McCollough
· To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
· A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
· Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
· The Twits Roald Dahl
· Ulysses James Joyce
· Vicky Angel Jacqueline Wilson
· War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
· Watership Down Richard Adams
· The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
· Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
· The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
· Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

we should read the god of small things at the same time and discuss!
i'm thinking about trying to pick it up at the library today. it's farmersdaughter's favorite book. i definitely think we should read it together. you wanna read it soon?
*nods*
i picked it up at the library today and will probably start it today or tomorrow.
xo
ok, wow you're fast! i'm in the middle of "from our house to bauhaus" by tom wolfe! give me a coupla days, k?
no problem. i also failed to mention that i picked up enough books OTHER than that one such that my boyfriend was EMBARRASSED to walk to the check out desk with me. so i will read one of them first, just lemme know when you're ready to start this one.
xo
yay!!! ok ok ok!
i'm glad 100 years of solitude is on here. i'm kind of surprised not to see alice walker. or margaret atwood. or or or. perfume is supposed to be an incredible book. it is surprising how many children's books are on here (most of the ones i've read i read in my teaching days). i'd like to see a top 100 (or 50 or 25) books according to k8tey. will you make one?
I'm glad to see To Kill a Mockingbird on here. It's one of my favorite books I ever read in school. :)
Oh, Terry Pratchet is *wonderful* - kind of fantasy, humorous fantasy set in his own creation, Discworld. Very funny but very perceptive also. Personally I found the list disappointing. Necessarily so, though - it's the nature of lists of this type that there will be a weighting towards more recent stuff, and that 'old favourites' will fill most of the places, rather than the more cutting edge, interesting stuff. Much too much Harry Potter, IMO :-)
ooo, a wonderful list!

· 1984 George Orwell
· The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
· Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
· Animal Farm George Orwell

· Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
· Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery
· Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
· The BFG Roald Dahl
· Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
· Black Beauty Anna Sewell
· Bleak House Charles Dickens
· Brave New World Aldous Huxley
· Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
· Bridget Jones' Diary Helen Fielding
· Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
· The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
· Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
· A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

· The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M Auel
· Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
· The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett
· The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
· Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
· David Copperfield Charles Dickens
· Double Act Jacqueline Wilson
· Dune Frank Herbert
· Emma Jane Austen
· Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
· Girls in Love Jacqueline Wilson
· The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
· The Godfather Mario Puzo
· Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
· Good Omens Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
· Goodnight Mr Tom Michelle Magorian
· Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
· The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
· Great Expectations Charles Dickens
· The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
· Guards! Guards! Terry Pratchett
· Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets JK Rowling
· Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire JK Rowling
· Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone JK Rowling
· Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban JK Rowling

· His Dark Materials trilogy Philip Pullman
· The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
· The Hobbit JRR Tolkien

· Holes Louis Sacher
· I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith
· Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
· Kane and Abel Jeffrey Archer
· Katherine Anya Seton
· The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe CS Lewis
· Little Women Louisa May Alcott

· Lord of the Flies William Golding - bought this at Value Village, haven't had a chance to read it yet
· The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
· Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
· The Magic Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
· Magician Raymond E Feist
· The Magus John Fowles
· Matilda Roald Dahl
· Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
· Middlemarch George Eliot
· Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
· Mort Terry Pratchett
· Nightwatch Terry Pratchett
· Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman
· Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
· On the Road Jack Kerouac
· One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
· Perfume Patrick Süskind
· Persuasion Jane Austen
· The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
· A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving
· Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen - i read this, or tried to read it for my OAC isu, but oculd not get through it. i own an older copy of it, which i really don't want anymore, so i am using it for an altered book. it is turning out quite cool so far =D
· The Princess Diaries Meg Cabot
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Robert Tressell
· Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
· The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
· The Secret History Donna Tartt
· The Shell Seekers Rosamund Pilcher
· The Stand Stephen King
· The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson
· A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
· Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
· A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
· Tess of the D'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
· The Thorn Birds Colleen McCollough
· To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
· A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
· Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
· The Twits Roald Dahl ( i LURVE roald dahl.)
· Ulysses James Joyce
· Vicky Angel Jacqueline Wilson
· War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
· Watership Down Richard Adams
· The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
· Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
· The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
· Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
Ooh, Terry Pratchett is the business. I was really happy to see Good Omens on this list (written with Neil Gaiman), as it was the first book I ever read that actually made me laugh out loud through the entire thing. I'm forever buying new copies, as I lend them out to friends who never give them back. Definitely one of my favorites.
· 1984 George Orwell
· The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
· Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
· Animal Farm George Orwell
· Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
· Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery

· Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
· The BFG Roald Dahl
· Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
Black Beauty Anna Sewell
· Bleak House Charles Dickens
· Brave New World Aldous Huxley
· Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
· Bridget Jones' Diary Helen Fielding
· Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières
· Catch-22 Joseph Heller
· The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
· Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
· A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
· The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M Auel

· Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
· The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett
· The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
· Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
· David Copperfield Charles Dickens
· Double Act Jacqueline Wilson
· Dune Frank Herbert
· Emma Jane Austen

· Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
· Girls in Love Jacqueline Wilson
· The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
· The Godfather Mario Puzo
· Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

· Good Omens Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
· Goodnight Mr Tom Michelle Magorian
· Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
· The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
· Great Expectations Charles Dickens
· The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald

· Guards! Guards! Terry Pratchett
· Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets JK Rowling
· Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire JK Rowling
· Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone JK Rowling
· Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban JK Rowling
· His Dark Materials trilogy Philip Pullman
· The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
· The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
· Holes Louis Sacher
· I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith
· Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
· Kane and Abel Jeffrey Archer
· Katherine Anya Seton
· The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe CS Lewis
· Little Women Louisa May Alcott

· Lord of the Flies William Golding
· The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
· Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
· The Magic Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
· Magician Raymond E Feist
· The Magus John Fowles
· Matilda Roald Dahl
· Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
· Middlemarch George Eliot
· Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
· Mort Terry Pratchett
· Nightwatch Terry Pratchett
· Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman
· Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
· On the Road Jack Kerouac
· One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
· Perfume Patrick Süskind
·Persuasion Jane Austen
· The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
· A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving
· Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
· The Princess Diaries Meg Cabot
· The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Robert Tressell
· Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
· The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett

· The Secret History Donna Tartt
· The Shell Seekers Rosamund Pilcher
· The Stand Stephen King

· The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson
· A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
· Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
· A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
· Tess of the D'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
· The Thorn Birds Colleen McCollough
· To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

· A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
· Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
· The Twits Roald Dahl
· Ulysses James Joyce
· Vicky Angel Jacqueline Wilson
· War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
· Watership Down Richard Adams
· The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
· Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
· The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
· Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
I can't believe there's no Ayn Rand on that list.
I cant believe there's no Faulkner on the list? no Nabokov? i guess they're going for more mainstream names like Stephen King, and Rowling, but puh-leeze people where's Virginia Woolf? and im not sure i saw Vonnegut on there either. i know its a recent one but one of my faves by Rushdie was 'Fury', excellent read