The List

The Big Read Top 100

In 2003 the BBC put together a list of the top 100 reads as nominated by their audience (readers? subscribers?). This is The List that I’m working my way through for this blog. Why a list from across the pond and as dated as 2003? Check out my “About” page and my first post to find out how this craziness all got started.

I have linked the titles below to their related posts. The books that are crossed out are the ones I have read.

A Note: Some books have multiple posts, for which I’ve provided links in parentheses. Some books are crossed out but have no related posts – these are books which I read prior to starting this blog, thus no related posts.

The List:

    1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    2. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
    3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (Post #1, Post #2)
    4. The Bible 
    5. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
    6. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell 
    7. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (the first one) 
    8. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
    9. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
    10. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
    11. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
    12. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
    13. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
    14. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
    15. Middlemarch – George Eliot
    16. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
    17. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald 
    18. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (Post #1, Post #2, Post #3, Post #4, Post #5)
    19. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
    20. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adam 
    21. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    22. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
    23. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
    24. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
    25. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (Post #1, Post #2, Post #3, Post #4)
    26. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
    27. Emma -Jane Austen (Post #1)
    28. Persuasion – Jane Austen
    29. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
    30. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
    31. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
    32. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
    33. Animal Farm – George Orwell
    34. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
    35. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    36. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
    37. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
    38. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery (Post #1)
    39. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
    40. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
    41. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
    42. Atonement – Ian McEwan
    43. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
    44. Dune – Frank Herbert (Post #1, Post #2, Post #3, Post #4)
    45. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
    46. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
    47. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
    48. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    49. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
    50. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
    51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
    52. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    53. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
    54. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
    55. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
    56. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
    57. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas  (post #1, post #2, post #3)
    58. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
    59. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
    60. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
    61. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie (Post #1, Post #2)
    62. Moby Dick – Herman Melville (Post #1, Post #2, Post #3)
    63. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
    64. Dracula – Bram Stoker
    65. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
    66. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
    67. Ulysses – James Joyce
    68. The Inferno – Dante
    69. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
    70. Germinal – Emile Zola
    71. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
    72. Possession – AS Byatt
    73. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
    74. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
    75. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
    76. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
    77. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
    78. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
    79. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
    80. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
    81. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Post #1, Post #2)
    82. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
    83. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
    84. Le Petit Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery (Post #1, Post #2)
    85. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
    86. Watership Down – Richard Adams
    87. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
    88. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
    89. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
    90. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
    91. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
    92. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (Post #1, Post #2, Post #3, Post #4)
    93. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – JRR Tolkien (Post #1, Post #2, Post #3)
    94. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – JRR Tolkien
    95. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
    96. Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew – CS Lewis
    97. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
    98. Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy – CS Lewis
    99. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Return to Narnia – CS Lewis
    100. Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – CS Lewis
    101. Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair – CS Lewis
    102. Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle – CS Lewis
    103. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling
    104. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling
    105. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling
    106. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
    107. Harry Potter and the Order of Pheonix – JK Rowling
    108. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – JK Rowling
    109. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling
    110. The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Shakespeare (Post #1)
    111. The Taming of the Shrew – Shakespeare
    112. The Comedy of Errors – Shakespeare
    113. Love’s Labor’s Lost – Shakespeare
    114. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare
    115. The Merchant of Venice – Shakespeare
    116. The Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare
    117. Much Ado About Nothing – Shakespeare
    118. As You Like It – Shakespeare
    119. Twelfth Night – Shakespeare
    120. The History of Troilus and Cressida – Shakespeare
    121. Measure for Measure – Shakespeare
    122. All’s Well That Ends Well – Shakespeare
    123. Pericles Prince of Tyre – Shakespeare
    124. The Winter’s Tale – Shakespeare
    125. The Tempest – Shakespeare
    126. Henry VI Pt 1 – Shakespeare (Post #1)
    127. Henry VI Pt 2 – Shakespeare (Post #1)
    128. Henry VI Pt 3 – Shakespeare (Post #1)
    129. The Tragedy of King Richard III – Shakespeare
    130. The Tragedy of King Richard II – Shakespeare
    131. The Life and Death of King John – Shakespeare
    132. King Henry IV Pt 1 – Shakespeare (Post #1)
    133. King Henry IV Pt 2 – Shakespeare (Post #1)
    134. The Life of King Henry V – Shakespeare
    135. The Life of King Henry VIII – Shakespeare
    136. Titus Andronicus – Shakespeare
    137. Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
    138. The Tragedy of Julius Ceasar – Shakespeare (Post #1, Post #2, Post #3)
    139. The Tragical History of Hamlet Prince of Denmark – Shakespeare
    140. The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice – Shakespeare
    141. The Life of Timon of Athens – Shakespeare
    142. King Lear – Shakespeare
    143. Macbeth – Shakespeare
    144. Antony and Cleopatra – Shakespeare
    145. The Tragedy of Coriolanus – Shakespeare

Here is a link to the original list: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml – You will notice a few differences between the two lists. Mainly I’ve split out all of the series and complete works to be individual lines, where as they are represented as one line on the BBC Big Read Top 100.

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