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.

☑ indicates a book I’ve read.

Note: Some books are marked as read but have no related posts – these are books which I read prior to starting this blog, thus no related posts.

You can also follow my progress on Goodreads.

The List

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen ☑
  2. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte ☑
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee ☑
  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 (Mary Anne Evans)☑
  16. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  17. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald ☑
  18. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller ☑
  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 ☑
  26. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  27. Emma -Jane Austen ☑
  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 ☑
  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 ☑
  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 ☑
  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 ☑
  62. Moby Dick – Herman Melville ☑
  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 ☑
  82. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  83. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad ☑
  84. Le Petit Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery ☑
  85. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks ☑
  86. Watership Down – Richard Adams (Currently Reading)
  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 ☑
  93. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – JRR Tolkien ☑
  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 ☑
  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 ☑
  127. Henry VI Pt 2 – Shakespeare ☑
  128. Henry VI Pt 3 – Shakespeare ☑
  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 ☑
  133. King Henry IV Pt 2 – Shakespeare ☑
  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 ☑
  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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