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18 Nov

BBC Book List Meme

The BBC published a list of 100 books. It’s been suggested that this list points out that most folks have only read 6 of the 100, but actually the BBC was looking for the UK’s best loved novel.  Nonetheless, here’s the list and my score. Looks like I’ve read 21 of them. At least as far as I can recall. There are a few on the list that I think I’ve read but just can’t remember anymore (those Bronte siblings!).  Is it a bad sign that there are only a couple of books on the list that are actually in my “plan to read” list?

This list was extracted from Evolving Thoughts.


1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
2) Add a '+' to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading. If you really want, put a (?) next to those you might have read :-)
4) Tally your total.

x+   1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
     2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
     3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
x+   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
     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 
x    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
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 
     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 
x    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
x    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 
     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 
x    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 
x    52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck 
x    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
x    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 
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 
     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
x    83. Holes, Louis Sachar 
     84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake 
     85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
     86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
x    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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