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BBC Big Read

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 In 2003 the BBC took a survey of “the nation’s best-loved novel”, and wound up with a list of beloved books.  Lets take a look-see…

BBC Big Read 1-200

1.The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien (Choked and died 100 pgs in)
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (Lovely)
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (On my list, I swear!)
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams (Read it)
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling (Read it)
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
(Read it)
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne (Read it)
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell (Read it, Jádore)
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis (Read it)
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (Nope)
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller (On my shelf)
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë (On my shelf)
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
(Read it, loved it)
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame (…probably read a kid’s version?)
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (On my shelf)
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (I think I missed the boat for this one)
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy (DIE DIE DIE)
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
(LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT)
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling (Read it)
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling (Read it)
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling (Read it)
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien (Choked)
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 (Hate Steinbeck, no)
30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (Oui!)
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 (On my shelf!)
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
(Read it, was not keen on)
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson (Want to)
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert (Really need to)
40. Emma, Jane Austen (Choked.)
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery (Not interested when I tried)
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams (The film scared me)
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald (
Read it, passable)
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
(Read it, love it)
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens (One of those things you know so well you don’t bother to read it but should…)
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
(Read it)
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
(I think I might like this one… but I’m probably kidding myself.)
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth (Urk. CHOKED.)
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
(LOVE!)
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome (Mom tried to get me to read it… we didn’t get very far.)
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell (Hmn. I really should…)
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer (One of  those childhood classics I missed.)
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden (Vundebar!)
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (Want to)
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett (Didn’t like this one so much)
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (LOVE IT)
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett (Dad’s fave)
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding (GRARGH. Everyone must read it, but I will never touch it a second time.)
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell (…wot? LMAO! WANT TO!)
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett (I think so)
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl (…nothing sweeter.)
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding (One of my faves!)
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce (…hurk, must we?)
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl (MUAHA! Love!)
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 (Great)
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac (Choked and died because Kerouac sucks.)
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett (Uck, no. This book was a poor intro to the series.)
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 (Mom’s got a copy, I need to borrow it.)
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot (….are they kidding?)
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

101 to 200
101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett (LUFF, possibly my fave Pratchett!)
103. The Beach, Alex Garland
104. Dracula, Bram Stoker (On my shelf! With Frankenstein!)
105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, Sue Townsend
113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
114. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo (I have an abridged copy somewhere)
115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson
118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
119. Shogun, James Clavell
120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
122. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray (Should read)
123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (On my shelf)
126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett
127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison (OMFUG YES!!!!!!!)
128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
129. Possession, A. S. Byatt
130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
131. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (One of my all-time faves)
132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl (Somehow I missed this one)
133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
134. George’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl (…this one, too.)
135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett (Getting to it)
136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett (Looks loverly)
138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson
140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson
141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
144. It, Stephen King
145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl (sweet)
146. The Green Mile, Stephen King
147. Papillon, Henri Charriere
148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett (I think so…)
149. Master And Commander, Patrick O’Brian (We read a chunk in class and it didn’t inspire me to read the rest.)
150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz
151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett (On shelf.)
152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett (On shelf, I think)
153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett (One of the best Discworlds, as far as plot etc go.)
154. Atonement, Ian McEwan
155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson
156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey (MUAHA I just bought it-!)
158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon
161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
162. River God, Wilbur Smith
163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon
164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
165. The World According To Garp, John Irving
166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore (I need to read it just for the name…)
167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson
168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye
169. The Witches, Roald Dahl (omg. Up there with Matilda in competition for Best Roald Dahl Ever.)
170. Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White (Aye)
171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (On shelf-!)
172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway (DIE, Hemingway, DIE! I refuse!)
174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco
175. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder
176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson
177. Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl (Meh…)
178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov (Read it)
179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach
180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson
182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
(Read it… most of it…)
183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay
184. Silas Marner, George Eliot
185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Grossmith
187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine (…wtf. Just… ftw, dude. Those books were utter fucking crap. He churned them out, and they were so goddamn simple… Fuck. I wasted money on them, I KNOW they were crap!)
189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. LawrenceLife of Lawrence
191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera (I refuse to read this on principle. The title is fucking pretentious.)
192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons
193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett (On shelf)
194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells (We have a copy of the radio show)
195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett (Neeeed to reeeead)
198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White
199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle (Awwww! …not a novel, though. Bad Brits!)
200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews     

Not a bad showing on my part. But why is Gaiman not there?! BAD BRITS!! I was really pleased to see a lot of contemporary and ‘genre’ books, though. Take that elitist literary fartheads.

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Written by Shen

October 1, 2007 at 2:13 pm

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