BBC: Top 100 Reads

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I love a good list – I live my life by lists. Sounds boring, I know, but I love the sense of achievement in ticking things off (when this actually happens). I find it helpful to have order in my job, there’s always so many things to get done, without my lists I would get confused very quickly (and would probably be found curled up in a corner sobbing quietly).

This love of lists extends to my reading patterns too. This started in 2010 when I felt compelled to write a list of all the books I wanted to read – however, now I find myself reading from recommendations or choosing what I fancy rather than consulting a list. Now I’m not saying this is a bad thing of course but it has made consider consulting a list again.

I was looking through an old reading journal when I found a copy of the ‘BBC: Top 100 Books’ list that I had saved back in 2010 with the intention of completing. Now, I’ve read many, many books over the past 6 years, so I was quite disappointed to see that from all those books I’ve read I couldn’t tick many off of my BBC Book List. Granted, this is most obviously because I’ve chosen to read newer releases over the past few years and this list was created some years ago (I think) but still there are so many books listed that I want to read but I push back on my TBR.

From now on I’m going to aim to read one book a month from the BBC Book List. I’m not going to force myself to read all 100 books as there are some on this list that I’ve no interest in picking up. So I will focus on those books I have wanted to read….Let’s see how I get on.

This month I will read ‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen

Does anyone have any other recommendations for Book Lists?


BBC: Top 100 Reads

(Crossed out means read, Bold means part read, Grey means will not read)

  1. The Lord of the Rings J.R.R 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 J.K Rowling
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
  7. Winnie the Pooh A.A Milne
  8. Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
  9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S Lewis
  10. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  11. Catch 22 Joseph Heller
  12. Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
  13. Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
  14. Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
  15. The Catcher in the Rye J.D 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 J.K Rowling
  23. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K Rowling
  24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K Rowling
  25. The Hobbit J.R.R 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 Garcia Marquez
  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 L.M 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 Suskind
  72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Robert Tressell
  73. Night Watch Terry Pratchett
  74. Matilda Roald Dahl
  75. Bridget Jones’ 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 Garcia Marquez
  98. Girls in Love Jacqueline Wilson
  99. The Princess Diaries Meg Cabot
  100. Midnight’s Children Salmon Rushdie

Which of these have you read? Which would you like to read?




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