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100 Books

 Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here..

Copy the note, bold those books that you have read from the list. Apparently, I've read a lot of these. It doesn't surprise me, I'm a voracious reader.

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 Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - 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 Niffenegge
20 Middlemarch - George Eli
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

23 The Satanic Verses- Rushdie
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
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 Da Vinci 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 Melvill e
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 A 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


Feel like listing your reading materials from the list?  I'm sure most of you have read a lot of these.  

- Erulisse (one L)
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Have you read more than 6 of these books?

Yes. :) I must admit that most of the 'classics' I read when I was in school or before I was twenty, thinking it would be good to read them, the 'done thing.' Those were the 'Let me stuff as many classics in my head as possible' years. We had to do Shakespeare and Salinger in English, and I did Milton and the Agamemnon. Only Macbeth and Milton really stick in my mind from those early days. Then after school I discovered Tolkien, which made me mad for fantasy sci-fi -- which lead me to fanfic :) ♥

I think the most recent of those books I've read is Memoirs of a Geisha.
I discovered Tolkien very early. I was 10 when I first read "The Hobbit" which I thought was cute but it really didn't do a lot for me. I read "Lord of the Rings" for the first time when I was 14 and for more than 30 years after that I read it at least two times a year. I also branched out into all of the other books and, as you know, I am a total addict now. It's been a life-long love affair and I can't complain about it. I still read every chance I get, so I always have my nose in a book (or now, in my Nook).

There were an interesting assortment of books on that list - certainly not what I would put on my top 100 books of all time list. Maybe someday I'll compile one of my own. It certainly would at least include Plato's "Republic" which should have been on the above list.

- Erulisse (one L)
There were an interesting assortment of books on that list

Yes. All the lists I have seen are a little bit different, I think the last one I looked at was the Guardian newspaper's one here

The Guardian: 100 Best Books.

but all have a core of Shakespeare, etc.
Economics has never made a great deal of sense to me, even though I operate a shop. I'm not the money person - LOL.

BTW - are you going to listen to the Metropolitan's new production of La Traviata?
Violetta: Marina Poplavskaya
Alfredo: Matthew Polenzani
Germont: Andrzej Dobber
Sounds like it should be excellent. Too bad I have to work when they broadcast here. My aunt used to listed every week - glued to her radio, she was :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
I've read 31 books from that list. But of course it's kind of hard to get an MA in English lit without reading Austen, Shakespeare etc. *g* This list is actually quite a curious conglomerate of childhood favourites and books I discussed at uni, lol.
I've read 42, if I haven't made a mistake counting.

Some of them are weird: "Hamlet" and then "The Complete Works od Shakespeare". I would add a few and remove a few...
Although there are many on the list that I would keep, there are many more that I would throw out and substitute others. I can't believe that Bronte's "Wuthering Heights", Plato's "Republic" and Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" aren't on that list. And they have Narnia two times and Shakespeare several times also. Then there is Hawthorne's "House of Seven Gables", Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" (although that one might be on their list) and Hesse's "Siddhartha". There are so many books that I think should be on that list that aren't there...

- Erulisse (one L)
Oops, Bronte and Salinger are there after all. I'll just blame my bad memory on my age - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
As I recall, when I did that list a while back, I'd read about half of them. Not too shabby.