The Real BBC Top 100 List!

The internet meme about 100 books everyone should read, put together by BBC audiences and of which supposedly an average person (in the UK?) would have read 6, actually includes a list from a different source. Actually, this is the list the BBC came up with, though the BBC never made the claim about people having read 6 of them.

I have read all the books on the other list. Here's how I do on the real BBC list:

Book Author Read?
1 The Lord of the Rings JRR 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 JK Rowling
6 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
7 Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
8 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
9 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe CS Lewis
10 Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
11 Catch-22 Joseph Heller
12 Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
13 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
14 Rebecca Daphne du Maurier

15 The Catcher in the Rye JD 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 JK Rowling
23 Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets JK Rowling
24 Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban JK Rowling
25 The Hobbit JRR 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 García Márquez
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 LM 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 Süskind
72 The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Robert Tressell
73 Night Watch Terry Pratchett
74 Matilda Roald Dahl
75 Bridget Jones's 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 García Márquez
98 Girls In Love Jacqueline Wilson
99 The Princess Diaries Meg Cabot
100 Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie

I have read 99 of them.


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