Saturday, December 4, 2010

How many of the BBCs Top 100 have you read?

Bloggers love to write.  They also love to read.  I am sharing this list with you as I was inspired by a fellow blogger and 2010 National Novel Writing Month Winner, Denise from L'Aussie Writing.  It really appealed to me as an exercise in seeing which of these books, considered classics, that I have read and I love Denise's suggestion that we also include which of these books we'll read in 2011.

Having read Denise's post I did a little research and apparently this was all started in 2003 by the BBC.  In April 2003 they asked people in Britain which were their favourite books and in August 2004 they published this list, which is in the order of people's favourites.  You can see all the results of the BBC Big Read here.  Apparently the BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. It's an amazing list and I struggled to recall some as I knew I'd seen them as movies, so if in doubt I didn't mark them.  Pillars of the Earth would be my favourite, though I've had Lord of The Rings on my bookshelf for years and in 2011 it will be read!

So the challenge is: how many have you read?  Please join in, accept the challenge, then pass it on.
• Copy this list.
Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.
• Tag other book nerds.
Denise suggests we underline those books we plan to read in 2011.

Here's my contribution:

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

So how many have you read.  My tally is only 16!  My goodness I have some catching up to do!  What about you?


  1. I like this challenge, easier than NaNoWriMo lol.

  2. Looking over the list I feel bad that most of the books listed I've seen as movies and not in written word..I've read about 6 of them but now I have a good resolution for 2011...a better resolution than the standard "lose weight"!

  3. Surprisingly, I have read quite a few! Surprised because I seem to have little free time in my life. Your choices are wonderful...youo must have a "classic" mind to blog about them. I so admire that!!!

  4. This looks interesting and I'll bet I'm one of the majority who've only read six of those books.

  5. I've actually read 56! But I think all that means is that I share reading tastes with a whole bunch of Brits?? It's a bit slanted (obviously) towards authors popular in the UK - I've never heard of some of those with multiple entries. I know Angus & Robertson do a Top 100 list - but is there anything more generic here in Australia?

    An interesting exercise nonetheless!!

    Happy travels!!

  6. Great idea Red Nomad. I'm fairly sure I have an Aussie Top 100 somewhere. I'll dig it out and see what the differences are and post it up on of these days.

  7. I've read half (the likes of Nineteen Eighty Four and Jane Eyre only because I was forced to at school).


  8. I love lists like this. Loved seeing Roald Dahl there so many times. A quick count revealed I've read 60 of these titles and another dozen are books on or in a pile somewhere.

    I noticed you have Thomas Keneally on your stack - one of my all time favorite books ever.

  9. Good to see you posting this Cheryl. The comments are interesting. Go school for introducing good books!

    BTW I came by to tell you that you have an award to collect from my blog!


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