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The BBC Big Read – How Many Have You Read?

The Big Read was a list of 100 books that BBC created after a survey was conducted to find the UK’s most loved novel.

I saw this on Stefani’s blog (I Read Books) and thought I would love to take part in this! It’s always good to look back and also it’s given me an reminder of what to read next. The list is always never ending.

So, here are the books I’ve read/not read/tried to read:

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    this is a bit embarrassing…
  3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling 
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
  7. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne 
  8. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 
  11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    tried and failed… 
  12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë 
  13. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
    the BBC series was emotional. Don’t know if I can handle the book yet…
  14. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  15. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  16. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 
  17. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  18. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
    started but didn’t really enjoy so gave up…
  20. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  21. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  22. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling 
  23. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling 
  24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  25. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  26. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  27. Middlemarch by George Eliot
    a rather large book that I started and then put down…
  28. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  29. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  30. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 
  31. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson 
  32. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  33. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  34. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  35. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 
  36. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 
  37. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  38. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  39. Dune by Frank Herbert
  40. Emma by Jane Austen 
  41. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  42. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  43. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  44. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  45. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  46. Animal Farm by George Orwell 
  47. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 
  48. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  49. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian 
  50. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher – who?
  51. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  52. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
  53. The Stand by Stephen King
  54. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  55. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  56. The BFG by Roald Dahl 
  57. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome 
  58. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  59. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  60. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  61. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman 
  62. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  63. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – I need to read this. 
  64. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  65. Mort by Terry Pratchett
  66. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  67. The Magus by John Fowles
  68. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  69. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
  70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  71. Perfume by Patrick Süskind
  72. The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  73. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
  74. Matilda by Roald Dahl 
  75. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding 
  76. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  77. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 
  78. Ulysses by James Joyce
    a massive book. Maybe one day?
  79. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  80. Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson 
  81. The Twits by Roald Dahl 
  82. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  83. Holes by Louis Sachar 
  84. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
  85. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  86. Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
  87. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  88. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons 
  89. Magician by Raymond E. Feist
  90. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  91. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  92. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
  93. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  94. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  95. Katherine by Anya Seton
  96. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
  97. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  98. Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson 
  99. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot 
  100. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

I’ve read a total of 35. I’m not sure if I’m pleased with this or not!! Haha. There’s some books on here that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to read because they just aren’t my kind of thing e.g. Ulysses. However, there are some books on here that I completely forgot, and some which have been on my book shelves for years. Also, I’m ashamed to say that there are some writers on here I’ve never even heard of. Oops. Nevertheless, this has been great. Why don’t you give it a go?
Big love x



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