BBC’s Top 100 Books

The BBC’s thinks that most people have only read six of these 100 books. I totally kick those expectations in the ass. Thanks English degree!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

The Bible
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
1984 by George Orwell
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulk
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Alice in Wonderland by  Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Emma by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Far From the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies by Williams Golding
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Dune by Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Love In the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Germinal by Emile Zola
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery
Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Watership Down by Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


One thought on “BBC’s Top 100 Books

  1. I’ve read 14 on this list, which makes me feel a little better about myself because I’m definitely not known as someone who leans towards the genres most represented by these books.

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