100 Books

I love a good book list. It’s fun remembering books read previously, and enticing seeing good ones as-yet unread. This BBC Book List Challenge has been floating around facebook for some time now. I don’t usually tag people, but consider yourself tagged if you want to run it yourself.

It’s always debatable what makes a “great” novel in the immediate decades after its publication. However, the list gives a good starting point for exploring some newer books I’ve never picked up. I’m not clear on how the list was compiled and wouldn’t take it as a master-list of great novels (Swallows and Amazons, but no Narnia ? Bridget Jones, but no Huckleberry Finn ?). Still, like I said – I fall for book lists. Are there any I haven’t marked that you love or think are must-reads (or don’t-reads!)?

This is also known as a cheater’s way to compile a post after being sick as a dog for the last week. Happy reading!

1. Bold books you’ve read in their entirety.

2. Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.

3. Tag other book nerds.  

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series –

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 Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

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

34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hossein

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA 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 Melville

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 Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

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 – EB 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


2 thoughts on “100 Books

  1. I’ve read a fair number of these, though I’m saving some for someday. You see, I tend to have the problem that most of the authors that I like are dead, so I have to parcel out their books slowly, as I know there are no more new ones coming out! I would recommend The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. I see that you started that. I found it very good. The two books that I think should be on the list are Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyoder Doestoevsky. How can they not be among the greatest books?

    A new-to-me author that I’ve really enjoyed discovering the in the last couple of years is Edna Ferber. Several of her books have been turned into movies (Showboat, Giant). I’ve never been terribly impressed with the films, but her writing is great.

  2. I’m in the same boat – my favorite authors are dead as well. There are many missing books I’d like to see on this list, particularly Anthony Trollope’s chronicles of Barsetshire (or at least Barchester Towers, one of my all time favorites). And yes – no Brothers Karamazov? How is that possible? Thanks for the Edna Ferber recommendation – I don’t think I’ve heard of her. Sounds like a good one to add to the library list!

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