The BBC’s “100 Books To Read Before You Die”

So I am celebrating reaching the 3000 word mark on my essay (2000 more to go!) by procrastinating sleep before my meeting tomorrow morning.  Hoping not to have any more nightmares about it!

Therefore I stole this idea from my best friend’s❗️ blog ❗️(in which she writes much more articulately about much better topics than you’ll find in my head, go check her out) because I have a long list of books I need to read after my MA, and quite a few of these classics are on there.  Oh, to have finished studying…

I have read 49/100 of them.

1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

3. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter series, JK Rowling 

5. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

6. The Bible

7. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman

10. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

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 Faulks

18. Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

19. The Time Traveler’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

25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

26. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

29. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

30. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

31. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

32. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

33. Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis

34. Emma, Jane Austen

35. Persuasion, Jane Austen

36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, CS Lewis

37. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières

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

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. 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 (In French and English)

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 Misérables, Victor Hugo. (In French and English)

How many have you read?

Hope everyone’s ok out there!


5 thoughts on “The BBC’s “100 Books To Read Before You Die”

  1. beccaeatsbooks says:

    Haha most of the posts I have saved in my drafts are in there because they’re too rambling! Thanks for the promotion 🙂 Also The Handmaid’s Tale is awesome and we always seem to have copies of The Life of Pi and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at Oxfam for when you get some more free time! Notes From A Small Island is on my immediate reading list as my mum couldn’t stop laughing on the train to Cardiff when she was reading it.


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