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The BBC is wrong.


1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (Sophomore English in high school.)
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (Yes, I really have read the entire thing.  Twice. I'm doing it again; currently snoring my way through Numbers.)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (Freshman English in high school.)
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 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 (in junior high.  Tolstoy's books are big soap operas.  I need to read this one again.)
25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (Trippy....)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (Why listed twice?)
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 - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown (What is this doing on a list of great books?)
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 The 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

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kishiriadgr
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Not your fault but I have gripes with this list.
Believe me, I noticed that. And why are "His Dark Materials" and "Harry Potter" on there in the first place? Don't get me wrong, I loooooove HP (need to re-read them now that electorprince bought the whole set for me in hardcover) but Great Works of Literature they are not.
napoleonofnerds
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Why do they think this?
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kwokj
Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
they're ridiculous. I would guess the majority of their audience has read far more than 6. I've definitely read about 30, possibly read another handful (some books just run together,) and mostly read another handful. And most of these I read before I finished high school (I really haven't read enough in the last ten years.)
hagazusa
Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
I think I've read over half of those.
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strigine
Feb. 23rd, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
As I commented in someone else's iteration of this meme, what the fuck are British schoolchildren reading for class, if not a good third of the books on this list? Or what do they think American schoolchildren are reading? :P
seattlejo
Feb. 23rd, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
I haven't found anywhere that the BBC claims that folks have only read six. This looks like the list of the 100 most popular books by the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml

It makes a lot more sense if you read it in the context.
crocotiger
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
I highly recommend you The Little Prince (it is short but beautiful) and Count of Conte Cristo (it is pretty long but very good).
kishiriadgr
Feb. 23rd, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
I'm meaning to read Le Comte, but I'm kind of freaked out by "The Little Prince" ever since I found out the author was a pedophile.
crocotiger
Feb. 23rd, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
As far as I know Antoin de Saint Exupery was not a pedophile. If I am mistaken, please, give an evidence.
kishiriadgr
Feb. 24th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
I did some hunting around and you are right. I don't recall where I read that. Tepintzin regrets the error.
crocotiger
Feb. 25th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
On my part, I did some thinking :) My guess is that you mixed 'The Little Prince' by Exupery and 'The Happy Prince' by Oscar Wilde. Well, now that subject is clear, I can once more recommend 'The Little Prince'. You will love that little book, I assure.
kishiriadgr
Feb. 25th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
No....I was quite sure it was St Exupery. Wilde was into young men but not young boys.

I could even read "Le Petit Prince" en francais. I'm fluent in that language.
crocotiger
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
Are you, really? I have the French text and even the French audio book. So I can read and listen at once. I understand approximately 25 percent of it, yet it's a pleasure.

The style of Russian translation is very good.

In English, I've never read 'Le Petit Prince'.
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