The Big Read Top 100 List

Welcome back everyone,

This week, I decided to see how my reading has lined up with BBC’s Big Read List. According to the BBC website, ‘In April 2003 the BBC’s Big Read began the search for the nation’s best-loved novel,’ and they asked readers to nominate their favourite books. Here is the list of the top 100 books that were named.

For this week, I have gone through the list to make which titles I have read completely, which I’ve started, but never finished and those that are on my list to read.

So here it goes:

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien – We own two different copies of this book. I’ve started reading them, but have yet to finish. It is on my to-be-read list.
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen – When I was younger, I had an Illustrated Classics version of this book. So technically, I have read it, but not the traditional version. It is on my to-be-read list.
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling – Read several times over.
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – Read several times over.
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell Listened to the audiobook recently.
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis – It is on my to-be-read list.
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller – I’ve started, but never finished. It is on my to-be-read list.
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë – It is on my to-be-read list.
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger – Read
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens –When I was younger, I had an Illustrated Classics version of this book. So technically, I have read it, but not the traditional version. It is on my to-be-read list.
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – It is on my to-be-read list.
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell – It is on my to-be-read list.
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling – Read several times over.
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling – Read several times over.
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling – Read several times over.
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien – It is on my to-be-read list.
26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy – It is on my to-be-read list.
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – It is on my to-be-read list.
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez – It is on my to-be-read list.
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl – It is on my to-be-read list.
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson – When I was younger, I had an Illustrated Classics version of this book. So technically, I have read it, but not the traditional version. It is on my to-be-read list.
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen – It is on my to-be-read list.
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen – It is on my to-be-read list.
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery – It is on my to-be-read list.
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald – Read
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas – When I was younger, I had an Illustrated Classics version of this book. So technically, I have read it, but not the traditional version. It is on my to-be-read list.
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell – It is on my to-be-read list.
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens – It is on my to-be-read list.
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy – It is on my to-be-read list.
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett – When I was younger, I had an Illustrated Classics version of this book. So technically, I have read it, but not the traditional version. It is on my to-be-read list.
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King – I’ve started this, but never finished. It is on my to-be-read list.
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy – It is on my to-be-read list.
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer – It is on my to-be-read list.
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky – It is on my to-be-read list.
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden – It is on my to-be-read list.
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens – When I was younger, I had an Illustrated Classics version of this book. So technically, I have read it, but not the traditional version. It is on my to-be-read list.
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding – It is on my to-be-read list.
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl – It is on my to-be-read list.
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar – Read
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley – It is on my to-be-read list.
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel – It is on my to-be-read list.
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho – It is on my to-be-read list.
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez – It is on my to-be-read list.
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

So there you have it. I have a whole lot of books that I want to read. A great deal of the books that don’t have anything next to them, I have not heard of before.

Do you have any suggestions for me to check out? Which of these books have you read? Share your recommendations below. I’d love to hear from you.

Until Next Time!

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