BBC – Top 100 Books

Thanks to Donna K. Weaver posting this on the LDS Writers Blogck. This list is the top 100 Books. You can find that post here –  BBC

Books I’ve read are in bold. To Be Read (TBR) are in italicized.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
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 – started it, but couldn’t finish. may have to try again.
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 – reading now.
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 Tolkien
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 – Have it on the shelf. This is the book Melanie is reading to the women when the Union soldiers come looking for their husbands in the movie Gone With the Wind.
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 I’ve read and have this entire series. Love these books. One day I will visit Prince Edward Island.
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald – Had to read this for a college class. Can someone please explain to me why this is a classic? Sorry, I just don’t see why it is.
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 – really liked this one.
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy – I’m about three chapters into it. I’m ready to smack the main character. He’s completely clueless!
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl – This one is so much fun to read aloud to the kids. They love it. Read this to a group of 4th graders. Their reactions were priceless.
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 – Another book mentioned in a movie. Steel Magnolias, the night before her surgery and the family is playing a game. They call it “A Tale of two Kidneys”.
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
I’m a little disappointed when I look at this list and see how many of them I haven’t read. Yet reading over the list, all I could think was how many of them have been made into movies. I’ve seen quite a few of the movies. Yes, I know that isn’t quite the same. BUT, it means I’m familiar with quite a few on the list even if I haven’t actually read them. What books would you add to the list?



9 thoughts on “BBC – Top 100 Books

  1. You must, must read Holes by Louis Sachar. Excellent YA book. One of my faves! 🙂 Bridget Jones’s Diary is a fun read, too.

  2. I haven’t read a lot of these books, but I have seen the movies for some of them. One that really
    sticks in my mind is THE GRAPES OF WRATH. It kind of reminds me of some of the bad times that
    my grandparents on the Street side of the family had, along with other ancestors of mine.

    1. Some of the stories out of the Depression/Dust Bowl area are amazing. What the people went through, especially in the Plains states. I’m awed by how they made it through alive. That you have personal stories from that era is really cool 🙂 (You know your granddaughter is a writer, right? lol)

  3. I’d have to have several categories: Books I’ve read, Books I never even heard of, books I was supposed to read but didn’t, I’ve seen the movie but not read the book, and my personal favorite: I read the book and couldn’t figure out what was going on. The Great Gatsby is in that last category; I swear, the only reason English teachers make you read that one is because Gatsby wears a pink suit…

    1. John, I feel the same way about Gatsby. Only the last 87 pages were remotely interesting. The rest had to be written while under the influence. I like your categories, sounds like the ones I made in my mind as I read the list.

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