Wednesday, April 11, 2012

#40. Read the 100 Books to read before you die... the list

Between #40 and #83 on the Life List, I have a lot of reading to do!

For my 100 books to read before I die challenge, I have chosen the list compiled by the BBC's Big Read.

The list is as follows...
Some I have already read, others I an sure I have read, but can't remember doing so.

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 Currently trying to read

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 a head start given I have already read a few of these books.
However I am embarrassed that some of these classics I have never read.

So I am now off to read some books

The Australian bookstore Dymock's just launched the 2012 '101 best books list'

Maybe I should tackle this instead/also:

1. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

3. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

6. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

9. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

10. The Lord of the Rings (Books 1-3) by J.R.R. Tolkien

11.The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

12. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

13. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

14. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

15. The Bible

16. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

17. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

18. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

19. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

20. Atonement by Ian McEwan

21. The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

22. Persuasion by Jane Austen

23. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

24. Red Dog by Louis de Bernières

25. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

26. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

27. Breath by Tim Winton

28. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

29. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

30. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

31. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

32. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

33. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

34. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

35. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

36. The Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel

37. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

38. Remembering Babylon by David Malouf

39. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

40. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

41. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

42. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

43. Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon

44. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

45. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

46. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

47. The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

48. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

49. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

50. The Broken Shore by Peter Temple

51. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

52. Marley and Me by John Grogan

53. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré

54. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

55. A Simpler Time by Peter FitzSimons

56. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

57. A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute

58. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

59. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

60. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

61. The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman

62. Dirt Music by Tim Winton

63. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

64. Room by Emma Donoghue

65. The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester

66. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

67. My Booky Wook by Russell Brand

68. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

69. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

70. The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

71. One Day by David Nicholls

72. Bereft by Chris Womersley

73. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

74. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

75. Magician by Raymond E. Feist

76. Salvation Creek by Susan Duncan

77. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

78. Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

79. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

80. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

81. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

82. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

83. Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin

84. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

85. Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves by Matthew Reilly

86. Mawson by Peter FitzSimons

87. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

88. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

89. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

90. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

91. The Shifting Fog by Kate Morton

92. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

93. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

94. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

95. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

96. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

97. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

98. Bossypants by Tina Fey

99. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

100. The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

101. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris


  1. There are a good many I haven't read either!
    To Kill a Mockingbird is such an awesome book - I remember it fondly from my high school days.
    Ronnie xo


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