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Following on from a Facebook post I read, it seems that out of the Top 100 books of the BBC Big Read, the BBC believes the average person will only have read 6 books from the top 100 list. I have only read about 20 from the list, most of which are more modern ones such as the Terry Pratchett and JK Rowling books.

 

Just wondered how many of the 'classics' most people here have ready (movies don't count, it has to be the written word)

 

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

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:blink: Truthfully - 9. I read a lot and enjoy it. Many of the books on the list don't appeal to me and I don't feel I am missing anything by not reading the other 91 "classics".

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:blink: Truthfully - 9. I read a lot and enjoy it. Many of the books on the list don't appeal to me and I don't feel I am missing anything by not reading the other 91 "classics".

 

I would say you've missed quite a bit by not reading 'On The Road by Jack Kerouac' but have missed nothing of significance by not reading Terry Pratchett.

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1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne

9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis

16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl

36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

39. Dune, Frank Herbert

43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

56. The BFG, Roald Dahl

57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome

60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

65. Mort, Terry Pratchett

68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett

70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding

73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett

74. Matilda, Roald Dahl

78. Ulysses, James Joyce

81. The Twits, Roald Dahl

87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

89. Magician, Raymond E Feist

92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel

93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett

97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez

100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

 

My problem is I've neglected the classics - I've never read a Bronte, an Elliot, an Austin or even a Dickens - which I freely admit is shameful and something I want to rectify soon - any recommendations for a best Bronte, Austin or Dickens - Elliot has to be Middlemarch!

 

I agree that its terrible there isn't a Conrad on the list - nor Graham Greene. I'd put Hemmingway in my top 100 - and more than likely before Pratchett, though I do think one of his or d'oevre should be towards the end of a top 100. My list has definitley been helped reading bedtime stories to the littleones, but I have to question linking adult and children's reads - that's the trouble with a list compiled by a poll!

 

The trouble is there are so many books to read, and so little time!

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Interesting article about Roald Dahl last month here.

 

Lists are silly:)

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My problem is I've neglected the classics - I've never read a Bronte, an Elliot, an Austin or even a Dickens - which I freely admit is shameful and something I want to rectify soon - any recommendations for a best Bronte, Austin or Dickens - Elliot has to be Middlemarch!

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Amazon offer so many classic books such as Wuthering Heights free (I suppose the copyright on them has run out by now), so if you have a Kindle then you can get some very good books free to read.

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Truthfully, I have only ready 32 of the ones on the list, but my Kindle is getting a hammering as we speak - has given me lots to get my teeth into!

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Truthfully I have read 2

 

Good Omens and The Lord of Flies, but that was forced on me by school so not sure it counts.

 

But that doesn't mean I don't read, I have read near 50 books in the last year, just nothing on that list really appeals and half of it seems like popularist crap or things that have been made into films. Or maybe I just have no taste in books.

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