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message 1: by Danielle (last edited Apr 23, 2013 04:52PM) (new)

Danielle | 48 comments Mod
Below are the BBC’s top 100 books. Comment and share how many books from this list you have read and books that you think should be on this list.


1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

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

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

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 (In French)

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 2: by Danielle (last edited May 02, 2013 05:28PM) (new)

Danielle | 48 comments Mod
Ok I guess I will start us off and warning my number is going to be sad :(

4- Harry Potter Series (Only 1,2 & 7)
5- To Kill a Mocking Bird
6- The Bible (Sadly not from cover to cover but most)
40- Winnie the Pooh :)
61 Of Mice and Men
73- The Secret Garden
81- A Christmas Carol
87- Charlotte's Web
98- Hamlet

And there you have it as sad as that is lol. There are several others that I started but never got around to finishing.


message 3: by Danielle (last edited May 02, 2013 05:28PM) (new)

Danielle | 48 comments Mod
Oh yea I almost forgot... books I feek should be on the list.


1- In My Father's House by Ann Rinaldi
2- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
3- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

And then of course

4- Lucky Santangelo Series by Jackie Collins
5- Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
6- Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward


message 4: by Angela (new)

Angela 'smith' davis | 3 comments 3-Jane Eyre
6-The Bible Of course not cover to cover straight through.
8- 1984
11- Little Women
14- I have not read the complete works but I have read several and love Shakespeare
29- Alice in Wonderland
61- Of Mice and Men
87- Charlotte's Web
88- The Five People You Meet In Heaven


The Books I think should have been on the list.
The Outsiders
The Lucky Santangelo Series
Tuesdays with Morrie
Angela's Ashes
Beloved
The Diary of Anne Frank
Gone with the Wind


message 5: by Megan (new)

Megan Griswold (megan84) | 36 comments Mod
Wow!
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
6 The Bible

That's all I've read,I watched the movies to a lot of these books.... I've done a lot of reading also but none of those...


message 6: by Tatiana (last edited Jun 16, 2014 01:51AM) (new)

Tatiana Kalmykova | 2 comments Wow that's a lot of books and so many ideas for future readings!

Here's what I read:
1. Pride and Prejudice
3. Jane Eyre
4. The Harry Potter series
7. Wuthering Heights
10. Great Expectations
11. Litte Women
12. Tess of the d'Urbervilles
14. only Romeo and Juliet... Shakespeare is a great author, but I cannot seem to be able to read him
15. Rebecca
16. The Hobbit
18. Catcher in the Rye
21. Gone with the wind
24. War and Peace
27. Crime and Punishment
29. Alice in Wonderland
31. Anna Karenina
34. Emma
37. The Kite Runner
39. Memoirs of a Geisha
40. Winnie the Pooh
42. The Da Vinci Code
44. A Prayer for Owen Meany
52. Dune (not all of them though)
54. Sense and Sensibility
61. Of Mice and Men
68. Bridget Jones's diary
72. Dracula
81. A Christmas Carol
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (am cheating as I have not read it cover to cover)
92. The Little Prince
97. The Three Musketeers
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
100. Les Misérables

I'm glad I'm only 23 as I see I have a lot to catch up on!

Here's what I think should be on this list also:
The Green Mile - Stephen King
Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
The World According to Garp - John Irving
Needful Things - Stephen King


message 7: by Megan (new)

Megan Griswold (megan84) | 36 comments Mod
I will look into the books... I like Stephen King movies!


message 8: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Albert | 1 comments 2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (In French)
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I think Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace should be on the list.


message 9: by Gawhar (new)

Gawhar Gh | 1 comments My must read book before I die is The Holy Qur'an. I've read some of it, I hope to memorise it one day InshaAllah.


message 10: by Aleksandra (new)

Aleksandra | 2 comments they missed out number 23 :D


message 11: by Aleksandra (new)

Aleksandra | 2 comments 4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (only Romeo and Juliet)
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (the first three books)
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne (one or two books)
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (a few books)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Not bad for a 15 year old, eh? I still have some catching up to do though :D


message 12: by Kara (last edited Jul 06, 2014 10:58PM) (new)

Kara Werner | 1 comments I'm up to 48 of the books read now! I saw a similar list a couple of years ago and was ashamed at how few I had read. I have been steadily trying to read them all, but I certainly love some and hate others!


message 13: by Angela (new)

Angela Brighthop | 1 comments read a lot of those


message 14: by Megan (new)

Megan Jessee | 2 comments Have Read:
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling - 1-5
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (The first book only)
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
76 The Inferno – Dante

Suggestions:
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
Flowers for Algernon
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe


message 15: by Karabulut (new)

Karabulut | 1 comments If you do really want to have something which lasts forever from your reading for your goodness you should read QURAN first. Then you may read whatever you want.


message 16: by Emma (new)

Emma Connor | 1 comments Books I've read:

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
76 The Inferno – Dante
87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

I HIGHLY recommend you read:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

It is my favorite book and should definitely be on this list! :)


message 17: by Jane (new)

Jane | 1 comments 1 Pride and Prejudice
3 Jane Eyre
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14 Some of
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message 18: by Hamza (new)

Hamza Khaled | 2 comments i like all this books try visit this big blogto find big collection big classics http://classicalnovels.blogspot.com


message 19: by Kenia (new)

Kenia Lockhart (RisingApe) | 1 comments Ones on this list I've read:
1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma -Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
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
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
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
80 Possession – AS Byatt
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl



ones I have read bits of. Or in other words, given up on:
6 The Bible
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare is it cheating to say you've read bits of the complete works?
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy - I could not keep the Russian names straight, & gave up when I had no idea what was happening
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
75 Ulysses – James Joyce - I actively hated this book

Ones I own and will probably never get around to reading given my terrible affliction of buying books faster than I can read:
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
66 On the Road – Jack Kerouac
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I'm just going to say it's a travesty that there's no Terry Pratchett on the list


message 20: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia | 1 comments 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Books that I woul include would be:
"The perks of being a wallflower"-Stephen Chobsky
"The lost symbol"-Dan Brown
"50 days before my suicide"-Stace Kramer
"Arch of triumph"-E.M. Remarque


message 21: by Hamza (new)

Hamza Khaled | 2 comments That's all free in this site in three languages and audiobooks:http://classicalnovels.blogspot.com


message 22: by Greg (new)

Greg Judelson | 1 comments I've read 34, not too bad. That said this is hardly a list anyone should take too seriously.

How Cloud Atlas is there is beyond me. Really did not enjoy that.

And Dan Brown's presence is nothing short of a travesty. The reason it was was included is because it's probably the only book some people have ever read thanks to the huge fuss that was made about it a few years back.

And no mention of Pearl S Buck's Good Earth or of Gunter Grass' Tim Drum - shame on you!!


message 23: by Katie Scarlett (new)

Katie Scarlett O Hara (scarlett_o_hara) | 1 comments The ones i have read.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll

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

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

76 The Inferno – Dante

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

Feeling proud about myself. :)


message 24: by Dorottya (new)

Dorottya (misszmisz) Hi there, here are the 13 books I have read so far. Great list by the way! :) it gave me some good ideas

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
6 The Bible (I have made sure I've read it cover to cover once :) )
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
34 Emma -Jane Austen
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
76 The Inferno – Dante

oh and yes, just like for other commenters, there are so many that I have started but didn't finish. Maybe I will try some of them again.


message 25: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Ledford | 1 comments I'm ashamed at how few of these I have read. I may have actually read one or two others of them in college, but I didn't count them if I couldn't remember for sure.

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (All)
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (All)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Not all, but a lot)
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis (All in series)
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery (All Anne books)
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On the Road – Jack Kerouac
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

There are so many I think should be on there. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne and The Complete Works of Flannery O'Connor should all be included. This is a great list, though. Thanks!


message 26: by Jim (new)

Jim | 1 comments This is NOT an assault on your "List," personally, or even directed at you as the one who butchered the original list. I can understand if you won't allow this to remain posted and want to remove it.

It really is intended to bring the CORRECT LIST to the light of examination. I apologize for expressing my heartfelt concern, but I am an English Literature major and I am thoroughly ashamed of whoever hacked the original List and removed so many GREAT AUTHORS!?! For your own proofs, contact your local English Department, and ask an instructor or professor.

To prove my point up front... what happened to Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea?"

FYI: Please forgive any misspellings, cause I'm just gonna rattle off the obvious wrongful eliminations still in my memory. If you are interested in more "What happened to..." there's: Vonnegut, Saavedra, H.G. Wells, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Chaucer, Voltaire, R. Ellison, Hawthorne, James Joyce, Lord Bryan, Sophocles, Franz K., Homer, William Blake, Edgar Allen Poe, Dostoyevsky, Theroux, Whitman, Camus, John Bunyan, Jonathan Swift, Edward Fitzgerald,John Irving, J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan), G.B. Shaw, Arthur Miller, Ray Bradbury, Ken Kesey, R. Kipling, Mary Shelly, James Cooper, Truman Capote, R.L.S's "Treasure Island"... and many many more removed from this erroneous entry, that I hadn't missed yet, or hadn't thought of yet, and I humbly say, "erroneous," because this posting toted it was the "THE list of the Top 100 Books you must read before you die."

Even the commercial site "Amazon," will return a more accurate listing if you querry; "Top 100 Literary Classics."

I love Steven King's "The Stand," Dashiell Hammett, and Ian Fleming, Philip K. Dick's "Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep?", Heinlein's "Glory Road", And the greatest contemporary science-fiction ever written... "Ender's Game" (by Orson Scott Card),but there is ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THOSE MISSING AUTHOR'S YOU COULD BUMP to justify displaying your's or my personal choices. It would be better to "EXPAND" the list to "TOP 125" then to omit an original literary masterpiece.

A humble servant to original classical Literature. ~JPW


message 27: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Juilano (oraclejenn) | 1 comments Books I've read:
1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

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

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

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

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll

31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

34 Emma -Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

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

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 (currently reading)

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

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

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

76 The Inferno – Dante

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

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

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


message 28: by Risshan (new)

Risshan Leak | 2 comments Awesome and your words have so much truth to them.. There are some great authors who did not make the cut?


message 29: by Risshan (new)

Risshan Leak | 2 comments 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
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
66 On the Road – Jack Kerouac
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

Reads that should be on the list: Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Old Man and the sea
Tuesdays with Morrie, Things fall apart


message 30: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Long (AndrewRLong) | 1 comments Awesome list! Just wanted to add another fantastic book rec list: over 200+ books, freshly updated for 2015: http://fiercegentleman.com/authoritat...


message 31: by Mickey (new)

Mickey Rouke | 1 comments The Luciferian Doctrine (ignore the title./ 554 pages).




I've downloaded it at: http://xernt.com/x/The.Luciferian.Doc...


message 32: by Tom (new)

Tom Sowell | 1 comments One duplication on there. All the Works of William Shakespeare and Hamlet. So room for one more book on the list now.


message 33: by Jonathan Merrill (new)

Jonathan Merrill | 1 comments Mod
Below are the BBC’s top 100 books. Comment and share how many books from this list you have read and books that you think should be on this list.


1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

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

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

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

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 Har

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Inferno – Dante

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (In French)

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


message 34: by Deborah (last edited Jun 30, 2015 12:55PM) (new)

Deborah | 1 comments Hello! My name is Deborah Moons and I'm just new in this group. So... hello and nice to meet you all :)

I've already read the following books on the list:

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (I've read in not in French but in Spanish)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (favorite!!!)


I think the following books also earn a spot on the list:

Matilda - Roald Dahl
The Hunger Games Series - Suzanne Collins
The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks
Marley & Me - John Grogan

Greetz!
Deborah


message 35: by Angela (last edited Jul 14, 2016 09:42AM) (new)

Angela Henderson | 1 comments 1 Pride & Prejudice
5 To Kill a Mockingbird
8 1984
18 Catcher in the Rye
22 The Great Gatsby
33 Chronicles of Narnia
41 Animal Farm
58 Brave New World
61 Of Mice & Men
64 The Lovely Bones
66 On the Road
73 The Secret Garden
87 Charlotte's Web
+Lolita
+Catch 22


message 36: by Karli (new)

Karli (KarliShannon) | 1 comments I would also highly recommend adding to the list:
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver


message 37: by Erica (last edited Mar 02, 2016 11:53AM) (new)

Erica | 1 comments 1 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

2 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

3 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

4 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

5 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

6 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

7 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

8 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

9 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

10 Hamlet

In my defense, I have quite a few that I plan on reading...


message 38: by Emma (new)

Emma Bray | 1 comments 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Not bad for a 14 year old I reckon but definitely room for improvement.


message 39: by Nicky (new)

Nicky Squido | 1 comments This is nice list. I have also created a must read book list for the students based on the grades. I have included some books from the above lists as well. Thanks for sharing your suggestions and book lists. You can check my booklist at http://mustreadbooklist.com/


message 40: by James (new)

James | 1 comments Did anyone notice they are missing numbers 23 and 26? So there are only 98 books to read before you die?


message 41: by Marleny (new)

Marleny (marladuke) | 1 comments 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (In French)
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl


message 42: by Elena (new)

Elena Zettelmeyer | 1 comments I have read:
4. Harry Potter series
29. Alice in Wonderland
30. The Wind in the Willows
33. The Chronicles of Narnia
36. The Lion the Witch and the Warmrobe
40. Winnie the Poo
61. Of Mice and Men
73. The Secret Garden
81. A Christmas Carol
87. Charlotte's Web
99. Charlie and the Chlocolate Factory

Currently reading: 45. The Woman in White

I think these books should be added to the list:

Out of Africa
No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series
A Wrinkle in Time
The Book Theif
The Jungle Book
Just so Stories
Neverending Story


message 43: by Amy (new)

Amy (SunflowersandRaindrops) | 1 comments I know this is an old thread but it came up in a google search as I was looking for something good to read that I haven't read before. Two things about this list:
1) why are whole book series included? There can be dozens of books in a series, not just one. There should be a separate list for books with more than one volume.
2) why is Midnight's Children in here but not The Satanic Verses? MC is good but is NOT definitive Rushdie... Surely not because of the whole fatwa business? Mind you this is the BBC's list...


message 44: by Reshma (new)

Reshma (ReadAway) | 1 comments Elena wrote: "I have read:
4. Harry Potter series
29. Alice in Wonderland
30. The Wind in the Willows
33. The Chronicles of Narnia
36. The Lion the Witch and the Warmrobe
40. Winnie the Poo
61. Of Mice and Men
7..."

The Book Thief should have been included as also the diary of Anne Frank


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