BBC 100 Best Book List

I really enjoyed playing this game the other day with the strange foods and thought this was a very interesting list! Apparently the BBC says that the average Brit has only read 6 of these books, so SM at 32 and me at 30 are doing really well for only being 22! I would love to see everyone else’s lists if you want to post them in the comments, the real directions call for you to bold the ones you read, underline the ones you loved, and strike through the ones you will never ever read. Sweet Man and I wanted to do it together, and just wrote our initials next to the ones we’ve read.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien SM
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte W
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling W/SM
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee SM
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell SM
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman SM
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens W
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott W
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller SM
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15  Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien SM
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger W/SM
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald W/SM
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams SM
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck W
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll W/SM
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame W
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32  David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis SM
34  Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis W/SM
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini SM
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden W
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne W/SM
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell SM
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown W/SM
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 W
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood W
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding W/SM
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel SM
52 Dune – Frank Herbert SM
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 SM
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon SM
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck W/SM
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov W/SM
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold W
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 W
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens W
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker SM
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett W
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath W
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome SM
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens W/SM
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 – EB White W/SM
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom W
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle SM
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad SM
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint Exupery W/SM
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams SM
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole SM
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare W
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl W/SM
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo W

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