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Book 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 King James Bible

7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8. Nineteen Eighty Four (1984) – 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

23.   Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26.   Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29.   Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

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 DaVinci 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.   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

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

That the BBC expects ‘most people’ to have read just 6 books out of this list astounds me – how, exactly, did they determine that? I would love to know.

I am also perplexed that collections of books are counted as one entry. It doesn’t seem quite fair to me.

Some of the books on this list are books I will never read, others are on my ‘to be read’ list and still others are of no interest.

Years ago, I realised that there is no moral or intellectual superiority in finishing a book merely because one has started it – hence the number of italicised books on the list. If a book is not engaging me, I will put it down in favour of something I will enjoy.

Now – have  a bit of fun of your own; Copy the list into your own blog and see how many of the 100 books on the list you have read!

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