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BBC Big Read Top 200 Books

BBC Big Read Top 200 Books

This survey was done by the BBC in April 2003, so it doesn’t contain any more recent books than that, but it’s a list of the top 200 books as voted for the by public. Probably a good thing it’s from 2003 or it would most likely contain the likes of Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

This is more of a long term target that a ‘read everything in a year’ type target, but I look forward to trying books I never would have thought to read – for example Terry Pratchett, who seems to have a lot of books on this list.

So far I’ve read 55/200.

1. JRR Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings
—a. The Fellowship of the Ring
—b. The Two Towers
—c. The Return of the King
2. Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice
3. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials
4. Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
5. JK Rowling – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
6. Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
7. AA Milne – Winnie the Pooh
8. George Orwell – Nineteen Eight-Four
9. CS Lewis – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
10. Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre
11. Joseph Heller – Catch 22
12. Emily Brontë – Wuthering Heights
13. Sebastian Faulks – Birdsong
14. Dapne du Maurier – Rebecca
15. JD Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye
16. Kenneth Grahame – The Wind in the Willows
17. Charles Dickens – Great Expectations
18. Louisa May Alcott – Little Women
19.Louis de Bernieres – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
20. Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace
21. Margaret Mitchell – Gone with the Wind
22. JK Rowling – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
23. JK Rowling – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
24. JK Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
25. JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit
26. Thomas Hardy – Tess of the D’Urbervilles
27. George Eliot – Middlemarch
28. John Irving – A Prayer For Owen Meany
29. John Steinbeck – The Grapes of Wrath
30. Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
31. Jacqueline Wilson – The Story of Tracy Beaker
32. Gabriel García Márquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude
33. Ken Follett – The Pillars of the Earth
34. Charles Dickens – David Copperfield
35. Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
36. Robert Louis Stevenson – Treasure Island
37. Nevil Shute – A Town Like Alice
38. Jane Austen – Persuasion
39. Frank Herbert – Dune
40. Jane Austen – Emma
41. LM Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables
42. Richard Adams – Watership Down
43. F Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
44. Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo
45. Evelyn Waugh – Brideshead Revisited
46. George Orwell – Animal Farm
47. Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol
48. Thomas Hardy – Far From the Madding Crowd
49. Michelle Magorian – Goodnight Mister Tom
50. Rosamunde Pilcher – The Shell Seekers
51. Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden
52. John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men
53. Stephen King – The Stand
54. Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina
55. Vikran Seth – A Suitable Boy
56. Roald Dahl – The BFG
57. Arthur Ransome – Swallows and Amazons
58. Anna Sewell – Black Beauty
59. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl
60. Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Crime and Punishment
61. Malorie Blackman – Noughts and Crosses
62. Arthur Golden – Memoirs of a Geisha
63. Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities
64. Collen McCollough – The Thorn Birds
65. Terry Pratchett – Mort
66. Enid Blyton – The Magic Faraway Tree
67. John Fowles – The Magus
68. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – Good Omens
69. Terry Pratchett – Guards! Guards!
70. William Golding – Lord of the Flies
71. Patrick Süskind – Perfume
72. Robert Tressell – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
73. Terry Pratchett – Night Watch
74. Roald Dahl – Matilda
75. Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones’s Diary
76. Donna Tartt – The Secret History
77. Wilkie Collins – The Woman in White
78. James Joyce – Ulysses
79. Charles Dickens – Bleak House
80. Jacqueline Wilson – Double Act
81. Roald Dahl – The Twits
82. Dodie Smith – I Capture the Castle
83. Louis Sachar – Holes
84. Mervyn Peake – Gormenghast
85. Arundhati Roy – The God of Small Things
86. Jacqueline Wilson – Vicky Angel
87. Aldous Huxley – Brave New World
88. Stelle Gibbons – Cold Comfort Farm
89. Raymond E Feist – Magician
90. Jack Kerouac – On the Road
91. Mario Puzo – The Godfather
92. Jean M Auel – The Clan of the Cave Bear
93. Terry Pratchett – The Colour of Magic
94. Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
95. Anna Seyton – Katherine
96. Jeffrey Archer – Kane and Abel
97. Gabriel García Márquez – Love in the Time of Cholera
98. Jacqueline Wilson – Girls in Love
99. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries
100. Salman Rushdie – Midnight’s Children
101. Jerome K. Jerome – Three Men in a Boat
102. Terry Pratchett – Small Gods
103. Alex Garland – The Beach
104. Bram Stoker – Dracula
105. Anthony Horowitz – Point Blanc
106. Charles Dickens – The Pickwick Papers
107. Anthony Horowitz – Stormbreaker
108. Iain Banks – The Wasp Factory
109. Frederick Forsyth – The Day of the Jackal
110. Jacqueline Wilson – The Illustrated Mum
111. Thomas Hardy – Jude the Obscure
112. Sue Townsend – The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾
113. Nicholas Monsarrat – The Cruel Sea
114. Victor Hugo – Les Misérables
115. Thomas Hardy – The Mayor of Casterbridge
116. Jacqueline Wilson – The Dare Game
117. Jacqueline Wilson – Bad Girls
118. Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray
119. James Clavell – Shogun
120. John Wyndham – The Day of the Triffids
121. Jacqueline Wilson – Lola Rose
122. William Makepeace Thackeray – Vanity Fair
123. John Glasworthy – The Forsyte Saga
124. Mark Z. Danielewski – House of Leaves
125. Barbara Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible
126. Terry Pratchett – Reaper Man
127. Louise Rennison – Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
128. Arthur Conan Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles
129. A. S. Byatt – Possession
130. Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita
131. Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
132. Roald Dahl – Danny the Champion of the World
133. John Steinbeck – East of Eden
134. Roald Dahl – George’s Marvellous Medicine
135. Terry Pratchett – Wyrd Sisters
136. Alice Walker – The Colour Purple
137. Terry Pratchett – Hogfather
138. John Buchan – The Thirty-Nine Steps
139. Jacqueline Wilson – Girls in Tears
140. Jacqueline Wilson – Sleepovers
141. Erich Maria Remarque – All Quiet on the Western Front
142. Kate Atkinson – Behind the Scenes at the Museum
143. Nick Hornby – High Fidelity
144. Stephen King – It.
145. Roald Dahl – James and the Giant Peach
146. Stephen King – The Green Mile
147. Henri Charriere – Papillon
148. Terry Pratchett – Men at Arms
149. Patrick O’Brian – Master and Commander
150. Anthony Horowitz – Skeleton Key
151. Terry Pratchett – Soul Music
152. Terry Pratchett – Thief of Time
153. Terry Pratchett – The Fifth Elephant
154. Ian McEwan – Atonement
155. Jacqueline Wilson – Secrets
156. Ian Serraillier – The Silver Sword
157. Ken Kesey – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
158. Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness
159. Rudyard Kipling – Kim
160. Diana Gabaldon – Cross Stitch
161. Herman Melville – Moby Dick
162. Wilbur Smith – River God
163. Lewis Grassic Gibbon – Sunset Song
164. Annie Proulx – The Shipping News
165. John Irving – The World According to Garp
166. R. D. Blackmore – Lorna Doone
167. Jacqueline Wilson – Girls Out Late
168. M. M. Kaye – The Far Pavilions
169. Roald Dahl – The Witches
170. E. B. White – Charlotte’s Web
171. Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
172. Terry Venables and Gordon Williams – They Used to Play on Grass
173. Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and The Sea
174. Umberto Eco – The Name of the Rose
175. Jostein Gaarder – Sophie’s World
176. Jacqueline Wilson – Dustbin Baby
177. Roald Dahl – Fantastic Mr Fox
178. Vladimir Nabokov – Lolita
179. Richard Bach – Jonathan Livingstone Seagull
180. Antione De Saint-Exupery – The Little Prince
181. Jacqueline Wilson – The Suitcase Kid
182. Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist
183. Bryce Courtenay – The Power of One
184. George Eliot – Silas Marner
185. Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho
186. George and Weedon Grossmith – The Diary of a Nobody
187. Irvine Welsh – Trainspotting
188. R. L. Stine – Goosebumps
189. Johanna Spyri – Heidi
190. D. H. Lawrence – Sons and Lovers
191. Milan Kundera – The Unbearable Lightness of Being
192. Tony Parsons – Man and Boy
193. Terry Pratchett – The Truth
194. H. G. Wells – The War of the Worlds
195. Nicholas Evans – The Horse Whisperer
196. Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance
197. Terry Pratchett – Witches Abroad
198. T. H. White – The Once and Future King
199. Eric Carle – The Very Hungry Caterpillar
200. Virginia Andrews – Flowers in the Attic