Friday, February 27, 2009

BBC Top 100 Books

My sister sent me a list of what the BBC considers the best 100 books. I beg to differ on some of their selections - the Da Vinci Code is good entertainment but definitely not LITERATURE. And I guess it's understood that it is literature that has been published in English, even if this was not the language in which it was written. Apparently this list is making its way around Ravelry and elsewhere. The idea is that you mark how many you have read.

My sister has read 60 of the 100. And I've read 68. I must admit, though, there at least a dozen of those I've marked as "not read" that I've started - some of them multiple times, at that, but just have not finished. Most of those I will get to at some point.

Oh, and BTW - Y's with asterisks indicate I read the novel in French.

No.TitleAuthorSis Y/NMe Y/N
1Pride and PrejudiceJane AustenYY
2The Lord of the RingsJRR Tolkien YY
3Jane EyreCharlotte Bronte YY
4Harry Potter seriesJK Rowling YY
5To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee YY
6The Bible (at least most of it to count)AnonymousYY
7Wuthering HeightsEmily Bronte YY
8Nineteen Eighty FourGeorge Orwell YY
9His Dark MaterialsPhilip Pullman YY
10 Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens YY
11 Little WomenLouisa M Alcott YY
12 Tess of the D’UrbervillesThomas Hardy YY
13 Catch 22Joseph Heller YY
14 Complete WorksShakespeareNN
15 RebeccaDaphne Du Maurier YY
16 The HobbitJRR Tolkien YY
17 BirdsongSebastian Faulks NN
18 Catcher in the RyeJD Salinger YY
19 The Time Traveller’s WifeAudrey Niffenegger NN
20 MiddlemarchGeorge Eliot NY
21 Gone With The WindMargaret Mitchell YY
22 The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald YY
23 Bleak HouseCharles Dickens YY
24 War and PeaceLeo Tolstoy YN
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the GalaxyDouglas Adams YY
26 Brideshead RevisitedEvelyn Waugh NN
27 Crime and PunishmentFyodor Dostoyevsky NY
28 Grapes of WrathJohn Steinbeck YY
29 Alice in WonderlandLewis Carroll YY
30 The Wind in the WillowsKenneth Grahame NY
31 Anna KareninaLeo Tolstoy YN
32 David CopperfieldCharles Dickens YY
33 Chronicles of NarniaCS Lewis YY
34 EmmaJane Austen YY
35 PersuasionJane Austen YY
36 The Lion The Witch and The WardrobeCS Lewis YY
37 The Kite RunnerKhaled Hosseini NY
38 Captain Corelli’s MandolinLouis De Bernieres NN
39 Memoirs of a GeishaArthur Golden NY
40 Winnie the PoohAA Milne YY
41 Animal FarmGeorge Orwell YY
42 The Da Vinci CodeDan Brown NY
43 One Hundred Years of SolitudeGabriel Garcia Marquez NN
44 A Prayer for Owen MeaneyJohn Irving YN
45 The Woman in WhiteWilkie Collins YN
46 Anne of Green GablesLM Montgomery NY
47 Far From The Madding CrowdThomas Hardy YN
48 The Handmaid’s TaleMargaret Atwood YY
49 Lord of the FliesWilliam Golding NY
50 AtonementIan McEwan YY
51 Life of PiYann Martel NY
52 DuneFrank Herbert YY
53 Cold Comfort FarmStella Gibbons NN
54 Sense and SensibilityJane Austen YY
55 A Suitable BoyVikram Seth YN
56 The Shadow of the WindCarlos Ruiz Zafon NN
57 A Tale Of Two CitiesCharles Dickens YY
58 Brave New WorldAldous Huxley YY
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeMark Haddon YY
60 Love In The Time Of CholeraGabriel Garcia Marquez NN
61 Of Mice and MenJohn Steinbeck YY
62 LolitaVladimir Nabokov YY
63 The Secret HistoryDonna Tartt NY
64 The Lovely BonesAlice Sebold NY
65 Count of Monte CristoAlexandre Dumas NY
66 On The RoadJack Kerouac NY
67 Jude the ObscureThomas Hardy NN
68 Bridget Jones’s DiaryHelen Fielding NN
69 Midnight’s ChildrenSalman Rushdie NN
70 Moby DickHerman Melville YN
71 Oliver TwistCharles Dickens YY
72 DraculaBram Stoker YY
73 The Secret GardenFrances Hodgson Burnett YY
74 Notes From A Small IslandBill Bryson NN
75 UlyssesJames Joyce NN
76 The Bell JarSylvia Plath YY
77 Swallows and AmazonsArthur Ransome NN
78 GerminalEmile Zola NY*
79 Vanity FairWilliam Makepeace Thackeray NN
80 PossessionAS Byatt YY
81 A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens YY
82 Cloud AtlasDavid Mitchell NN
83 The Color PurpleAlice Walker NN
84 The Remains of the DayKazuo Ishiguro NN
85 Madame BovaryGustave Flaubert YY*
86 A Fine BalanceRohinton Mistry YN
87 Charlotte’s WebEB White YY
88 The Five People You Meet In HeavenMitch Alborn NN
89 Adventures of Sherlock HolmesSir Arthur Conan Doyle YY
90 The Faraway Tree CollectionEnid Blyton NN
91 Heart of DarknessJoseph Conrad YY
92 The Little PrinceAntoine De Saint-Exupery YY*
93 The Wasp FactoryIain Banks NN
94 Watership DownRichard Adams YY
95 A Confederacy of DuncesJohn Kennedy Toole YY
96 A Town Like AliceNevil Shute NN
97 The Three MusketeersAlexandre Dumas NN
98 HamletWilliam Shakespeare YY
99 Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRoald DahlNY
100 Les MiserablesVictor HugoNY


Karen said...

Wow, I've read 62 of these. Apparently my reading has more of a British slant than I realized.

I love book lists. I'm always curious to see what other people have read, or think I ought to have read.

Stephanie Stitch said...

I love revisiting this list every couple of years. Definitely a few classics that I need to pull out so that I can finally check them off!