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message 1: by Janet (last edited Sep 30, 2018 06:22PM) (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments 2011 BBC Booklist
73/100
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 Bronte
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 Marquez
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


message 2: by Raine (new)

Raine (InTheRaine) | 64 comments I just picked up Girls In Love from the library today! How was it?


message 3: by Janet (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments I did not enjoy it much. Gave it two stars. I thought it might be as good as The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot but it was not. A very quick read though


message 4: by Raine (new)

Raine (InTheRaine) | 64 comments I will keep that in mind. I'm super leery of the "Young Adult" and "Children" Books on the list, and I don't think I view them, persay, as I did when I was younger. I know tastes change, but...


message 5: by Janet (last edited Aug 24, 2018 07:38PM) (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments BBC Top 100 List of 2012
75/100
1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
...Fellowship of the Ring
...The Two Towers
...Return of the King
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
...Sorcerer's Stone
...Chamber of Secrets
...Prisoner of Azkaban
...Goblet of Fire
...Order of the Phoenix
...Half-Blood Prince
...Deathly Hallows
5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
...The Golden Compass
...The Subtle Knife
...The Amber Spyglass
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma -Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Inferno – Dante
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


message 6: by Janet (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments Just finished Persuasion and loved it. So much better than my first Austen - Sense and Sensibilty. I have started reading The Kite Runner


message 7: by Raine (new)

Raine (InTheRaine) | 64 comments Let me know how you enjoy that. I haven't got to that one yet.


message 8: by Janet (last edited Feb 05, 2013 12:00PM) (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments Raine wrote: "Let me know how you enjoy that. I haven't got to that one yet."

Half way through and I am loving it. Best book in a long time.

Next day's reading -

On page 272 out of 373. This book has become very intense and disturbing. Not for the faint of heart. But still an incredible book.


message 9: by Janet (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments Finished The Kite Runner. Wow is all I can say. What an emotional roller coaster. With everything that is happening in the world today I think everyone should read this.


message 10: by Raine (new)

Raine (InTheRaine) | 64 comments Definitely will get to it soon!


message 11: by Janet (last edited May 17, 2013 10:03PM) (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments Just completed Pride and Prejudice. Loved it. Elizabeth's confrontation with Lady Catherine de Bourgh was the best chapter in the book for me. I am now going to start Cloud Atlas


message 12: by J (new)

J | 22 comments I loved Cloud Atlas. I saw the movie before reading the book; which worked for me. I loved the movie also. I hope you love the book as much as I did. I love how well each character is developed, the different time periods, the different genre for each section, and how it all weaves together. "Everything is connected." http://www.salon.com/2012/10/29/every...


message 14: by Janet (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments I have completed The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife from His Dark Materials trilogy. I am now starting The Amber Spyglass. While I don't agree with some of the theme I think that Phillip Pullman is an excellent storyteller and pulls all the threads of the story together really well.


message 15: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Murray | 3 comments What are is your favorite out of the top 100 list that you have read so far? Or maybe top 3, if it is hard to choose (like me! ;)


message 16: by Janet (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments Probably The Kite Runner. Although A Town Like Alice,The Shadow of the Wind and the perennial favorite To Kill a Mockingbird are all really excellent books.


message 17: by Janet (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments Halfway through the BBC 2012 list.


message 18: by Janet (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments Halfway through the BBC 2011 list. I have read 55 out of 100 of the 2012 list.


message 19: by Janet (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments Two-thirds through the BBC 2011 list. I have read 70 out of 100 of the 2012 list.


message 20: by Janet (last edited 7 hours, 32 min ago) (new)

Janet (goodreadscomjanetj) | 31 comments PBS Great American Read

1. 1984 George Orwell
2. A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
3. A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving
4. A Separate Peace John Knowles
5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
7. The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
8. Alex Cross Mysteries (series) James Patterson
9. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
10. Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
11. And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
12. Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
13. Another Country James Baldwin
14. Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
15. Beloved Toni Morrison
16. Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya
17. The Book Thief Markus Zusak
18. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
19. The Call of the Wild Jack London
20. Catch-22 Joseph Heller
21. The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
22. Charlotte’s Web E.B. White
23. The Chronicles of Narnia (series) C.S. Lewis
24. The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M. Auel
25. The Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah
26. The Color Purple Alice Walker
27. The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
28. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
29. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
30. The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
31. Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes
32. Doña Bárbára Rómulo Gallegos
33. Dune Frank Herbert
34. Fifty Shades of Grey (series) E.L. James
35. Flowers in the Attic V.C. Andrews
36. Foundation (series) Isaac Asimov
37. Frankenstein Mary Shelley
38. A Game of Thrones (series) George R.R. Martin
39. Ghost Jason Reynolds
40. Gilead Marilynne Robinson
41. The Giver Lois Lowry
42. The Godfather Mario Puzo
43. Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
44. Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
45. The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
46. Great Expectations Charles Dickens
47. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
48. Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
49. The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
50. Harry Potter (series) J.K. Rowling
51. Hatchet (series) Gary Paulsen
52. Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
53. The Help Kathryn Stockett
54. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
55. The Hunger Games (series) Suzanne Collins
56. The Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy
57. The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead
58. Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
59. Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
60. The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
61. Jurassic Park Michael Crichton
62. Left Behind (series) Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
63. The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
64. Little Women Louisa May Alcott
65. Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry
66. Looking for Alaska John Green
67. The Lord of the Rings (series) J.R.R. Tolkien
68. The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
69. The Martian Andy Weir
70. Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
71. Mind Invaders Dave Hunt
72. Moby-Dick Herman Melville
73. The Notebook Nicholas Sparks
74. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
75. Outlander (series) Diana Gabaldon
76. The Outsiders S.E. Hinton
77. The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
78. The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan
79. The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
80. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
81. Ready Player One Ernest Cline
82. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
83. The Shack William P. Young
84. Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
85. The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut
86. The Stand Stephen King
87. The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
88. Swan Song Robert R. McCammon
89. Tales of the City (series) Armistead Maupin
90. Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
91. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
92. This Present Darkness Frank E. Peretti
93. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
94. The Twilight Saga (series) Stephenie Meyer
95. War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
96. Watchers Dean Koontz
97. The Wheel of Time(series) Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
98. Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
99. White Teeth Zadie Smith
100. Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë


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