Sunday, 27 April 2014

Reading Challenge: BBC's 100 Book To Read (Before You Die)

I've been eyeing different reading lists recently, as a way of guiding me towards what to read next. Sometimes I look at my bookcase and feel so lost because I have so many books that I haven't read but don't know where to start. I probably don't have all the books that are on this list, but I've decided to add another reading challenge to my "goals" this year.

This is definitely going to be a work in progress but I've decided to tackle the BBC's 100 Books To Read Before You Die list. It'd be a massive success if I did finish the entire list this year, but I'm expecting this to expand over quite a number of years.

There are a few of these lists lying around but the BBC one just seemed right to start off with. They've listed books that are very popular and well-known. It also means I can read a range of genres, especially the classics that I tend to neglect.

So far I can cross off the following on the list:

  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 (I'm not sure whether to cross this off or not because I did study it during high school. Thoughts?)

  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 Faulk

  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 Caroll

  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 Bernieres

  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

  40. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. 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 Inferno – Dante

  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 – E.B. 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)

  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


I'm aiming to read at least one a month, but I'll update this list a couple of months down the track.



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