• BBC's 100 books you need to read before you die

    Posted by Sari, 4 years ago

    This list is one hundred books the BBC thinks you should read but most people will have read only six! I've marked the ones I've read with an x. My goal is to get through the list before I die! I'm off to a good start. See my total at the bottom.

    Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    x The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
    Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
    Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
    x To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    The Bible - Council of Nicea
    x Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
    x Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
    His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
    x Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
    x Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
    Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
    x Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    Complete Works of Shakespeare (And then some of the individual plays are also on this list?)
    x Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
    The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
    Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
    x Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
    x The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
    Middlemarch - George Eliot
    Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
    x The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
    Bleak House - Charles Dickens
    War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
    The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
    x Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
    x Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
    x The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
    David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
    Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
    Emma - Jane Austen
    Persuasion - Jane Austen
    The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
    x The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
    x Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
    x Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
    Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
    x Animal Farm - George Orwell
    x The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
    x One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    x A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
    The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
    X Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
    Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
    x The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
    x Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    x Atonement - Ian McEwan
    x Life of Pi - Yann Martel
    Dune - Frank Herbert
    Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
    Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
    A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
    x The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    x A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
    x Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    x The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
    Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    x Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
    x Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
    The Secret History - Donna Tartt
    xThe Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
    Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
    On The Road - Jack Kerouac
    Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
    x Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
    Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
    Moby Dick - Herman Melville
    Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
    x Dracula - Bram Stoker
    The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
    Ulysses - James Joyce
    x The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
    Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
    x Germinal - Emile Zola
    Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
    Possession - AS Byatt
    x A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
    Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
    The Color Purple - Alice Walker
    The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
    Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
    x A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
    x Charlotte’s Web - EB White
    The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
    x Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
    x Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
    x The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
    X Watership Down - Richard Adams
    A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
    A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
    The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
    x Hamlet - William Shakespeare
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
    Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

    I've read 43 so far.

Comments on this post:
  • 4 years ago

    -Message Deleted-

    report this

  • 2 years ago

    I've only read 17 (including War and Peace and Monte Cristo), started but not finished 15 or so others but want to read a good 90% of all of them; the ones i wouldn't mind missing are Les Miserables (too long), Lolita (dark theme) and I'm not a fan the way Thomas Hardy structures his storys' flow. One of my idols Jackie Collins says she reads The Great Gatsby once a year, so I think i'll read that next.

    report this

  • 2 years ago

    I've read 60 and I'm only 20 god I must have no life. Lol now for the other 40.

    report this

  • 2 years ago

    Oh man! I gotta get back to reading books on this list! I need to catch up :)

    report this

  • 2 years ago

    I read 60 of the books ...there is a lot to read out there .yhank you for the list

    report this

  • 2 years ago

    I've read 40 and I'm only 12

    report this

  • 2 years ago

    Haha well even though I've read a few more than you Duncan I'd say you win based on your age!!! How've you been able to read so much?!?!

    report this

  • 2 years ago

    46 and Im 12 :) Off to a good start then!

    report this

  • 2 years ago

    What?!?!? How are all you youngins reading so much!?!?!? What do your teachers force you to do in class :P

    I'm going to start reading from this list again. I've been shamed :)

    report this

  • 2 years ago

    Just thought I'd mention that the Chronicles of Narnia and The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe are the same: it's like saying you should read the Harry Potter series AND Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (because TLTW&TW isn't the first Chronicle of Narnia)... Good list though! If another book is needed to complete the 100 I'd suggest Trudi Canavan's The Black Magician Trilogy.

    report this

  • 2 years ago

    Has anyone read Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, How about the Quran, the most widely read book across the Globe... ?

    report this

  • 2 years ago

    I've read and loved Siddhartha. I own the Quran, but I haven't read it yet...

    I'm reading War and Peace every night, and I think that should get me bonus points on this list =P

    report this

  • 2 years ago

    I love this list and made changes but the changes only included writing out all the Shakespeare works, all the names of the Harry Potters and Narnia's and then adding a few books that I though should have been included. But my goal know is to read all of these.

    report this

  • Cancel   

Loading...

Close

< close and return to chapters.indigo.ca
kobo
  • Take your library with you wherever you go
  • Use the device you want to use… smartphone, desktop and many of today’s most popular eReaders
  • Coming soon… use Indigo gift cards to buy eBooks and subscriptions!

WHY KOBO?

We love the Kobo eReading service… and we know you will too. We’ve partnered with them to bring you the most flexible, enjoyable eReading experience in Canada.

SHOPPING ON KOBO

You’ll be asked to sign in or create a new account with Kobo. Once you do, you’ll immediately get access to millions of titles and be ready to start eReading. Anytime. Anyplace.

continue to kobo