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BBC Top 100 Book List

Only 21 of BBC’s Top 100 Books have been read by me. I see a few there I’m actually interested in. Several of them are of the Brontë style I can live without. If my readers reader remind, I will gladly revisit this list in a few years.

More after the jump.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
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
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
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
30. Alice’s 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
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
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
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
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
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
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
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
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


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3 Responses

  1. Sieg's Daddy says:

    Read the same ones plus…

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – This is a must read.

    Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne – As a kid of course I read it. Don’t remember much though.

    His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman – Pullman’s trilogy is a beautiful, surrealistic tale that is definitely worth a read.

    Catch-22 – You, Vijtable of all people should read that. Highly quotable in this forum.

    Haven’t read Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland….

    Treasure Island – It was really good at ~10yo, not sure about now…

    I’ve seen movie version of Dune and it was excellent, the book is on my reading list.

    Watership Down – I read it as a kid, very disturbing then. Probably still disturbing, but more insiteful now.

    Haven’t read Animal Farm.

    Haven’t read A Tale Of Two Cities

    Matilda, Roald Dahl

    The Twits, Roald Dahl – Another must read. Very quick, very zany.

    Brave New World, Aldous Huxley – I read this right after 1984. Its a diffent state of the world, but in many ways just as bad a future. Another must-read.

    Haven’t read The Alchemist.

    Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie – Read this in my Modern Indian History class. Very good.

    If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend “V is for Vendetta”. 1984 in a dramatic comic-turned movie. Amazing.

  2. Sieg's Mommy says:


    Nice find. I posted the same list on my blog (in true you-know-what-college fashion, I cited you as my inspiration). If you google my name, you’ll find my blog. I, too, bolded the ones I have read; there are some major differences between what you’ve read and what I’ve read.

    I challenge you to a duel– last one to read all of the books has to give the other a million dollars. Go!

    (Actually, let’s wait until approximately May 22ish, 2008– I have a few other books to read before now and then!)

  3. Sieg's Daddy says:

    The running Tally:

    Vijtable: 17 21 of 100
    Sieg’s Mommy: 12 of 100
    Sieg’s Daddy: 22 of 100


    Granted, LOTR and His Dark Materials are both trilogies so that would make the totals, 19 23, 12, and 24, but that is kind of unfair to Ma….

    Edited by vijtable for accuracy.

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