The Big Read Bonanza

One of the items on my Life List was to read 100 books according to a curated list. I searched for a list, and boy there were a lot of them. In the end, I settled on the BBC Big Read list. There are actually 200 books on there, as voted by the public back in 2004. I’m okay with it not being as up to date as it could be, because it looked to have a fantastic variety of books on the list.

  1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkein
  2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  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
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
  8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
  9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
  10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
  11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
  13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
  14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
  16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
  20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  22. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
  23. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling
  24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, JK Rowling
  25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkein
  26. Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
  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
  31. The Story of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
  32. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
  33. The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
  34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
  35. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
  38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  39. Dune, Frank Herbert
  40. Emma, Jane Austen
  41. Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
  42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
  43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
  44. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
  45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
  46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  48. Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
  49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
  50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
  51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  52. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  53. The Stand, Stephen King
  54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  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
  60. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  61. Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman
  62. Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
  63. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  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
  71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
  72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
  73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
  74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
  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
  84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
  85. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
  86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
  87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  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
  93. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
  94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  95. Katherine, Anya Seton
  96. Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer
  97. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
  98. Girls in Love, Jacqueline Wilson
  99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
  100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

That is the top 100, which is the main goal. However, as I mentioned above, the list went on to 200, so here are the secondary books, which I can read if I have the time! There seems to be an awful lot of Terry Pratchett, though.

  1. Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
  2. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
  3. The Beach, Alex Garland
  4. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  5. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
  6. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
  7. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
  8. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
  9. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
  10. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
  11. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
  12. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, Sue Townsend
  13. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
  14. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
  15. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
  16. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
  17. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson
  18. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  19. Shogun, James Clavell
  20. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
  21. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
  22. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
  23. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
  24. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
  25. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
  26. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett
  27. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
  28. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
  29. Possession, A. S. Byatt
  30. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
  31. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  32. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl
  33. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
  34. George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
  35. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
  36. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  37. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett
  38. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
  39. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson
  40. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson
  41. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
  42. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
  43. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
  44. It, Stephen King
  45. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
  46. The Green Mile, Stephen King
  47. Papillon, Henri Charriere
  48. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett
  49. Master And Commander, Patrick O’Brian
  50. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz
  51. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett
  52. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett
  53. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett
  54. Atonement, Ian McEwan
  55. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson
  56. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
  57. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
  58. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  59. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
  60. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon
  61. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  62. River God, Wilbur Smith
  63. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  64. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
  65. The World According To Garp, John Irving
  66. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore
  67. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson
  68. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye
  69. The Witches, Roald Dahl
  70. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
  71. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  72. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
  73. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  74. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco
  75. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder
  76. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson
  77. Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl
  78. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  79. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach
  80. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  81. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson
  82. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
  83. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay
  84. Silas Marner, George Eliot
  85. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
  86. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Grossmith
  87. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
  88. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine
  89. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
  90. Sons And Lovers, D. H. Lawrence
  91. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
  92. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons
  93. The Truth, Terry Pratchett
  94. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells
  95. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
  96. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
  97. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
  98. The Once And Future King, T. H. White
  99. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
  100. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews