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BBC The Big Read - Top 100 Books

In April 2003 the BBC's Big Read began the search for the UK's best-loved novel, and they asked you to nominate your favourite books.

The countdown of the top 100 books was televised on BBC2. A further list of the books ranked from 101-200 was put on the BBC's website. The books ranked 101-200 can be found in a separate list here:
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/22...
List Challenge
The average Goodreads member has read 26 out of 90 books on this list — how many have you read?
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Comments Showing 1-5 of 5 (5 new)

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message 1: by Tim (new)

Tim New currently at 78 read. I hope to finish all of the Top 100 by the end of 2019. I've only read 25 of the 2nd 200


message 2: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Just by counting the books that I have marked as read, the number is 26.
I believe the number is higher than that but I didn't want to change any of them to 'Read" because I have a reading challenge in progress and I don't want to alter that total.


message 3: by Gary (new)

Gary James Set myself the challenge of reading them all 4 years ago starting at 100 and working up. I worked from the bbc book published with the series. I started a new book every Monday whether I'd finished the last or not-at one time had 14 on the go! Read 49 that first year. Slowed down to one a month after that mad year and have just started the last one. Thoroughly recommended as although you have to wade through some duds it does introduce you to books you wouldn't have dreamt of reading. 2 omissions:Jeffry Archer-couldn't stand the thought of that perjurers face in my head and Lord of the Rings-my best friend pestered me so much about it in my teens I swore I would never read it!


message 4: by Odette (new)

Odette Brethouwer I think number 101 is not supposed to be on this list..?


message 5: by Tim (new)

Tim New Odette wrote: "I think number 101 is not supposed to be on this list..?"

several of these are not supposed to be on the list. I did a separate lists of the BBC Top 100 and Top 200 for that very reason


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