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BBC.com Top 200 books...

I have marked through the books that I have already read and bolded the ones that I want to read.


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--my favorite book EVER!!!
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</strike>
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
101. Three Men In A Boat, Jerome K. Jerome
102. Small Gods, Terry Pratchett
103. The Beach, Alex Garland
104. Dracula, Bram Stoker

105. Point Blanc, Anthony Horowitz
106. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
107. Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
108. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
109. The Day Of The Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
110. The Illustrated Mum, Jacqueline Wilson
111. Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy
112. The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, Sue Townsend
113. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
114. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
115. The Mayor Of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
116. The Dare Game, Jacqueline Wilson
117. Bad Girls, Jacqueline Wilson
118. The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
119. Shogun, James Clavell

120. The Day Of The Triffids, John Wyndham
121. Lola Rose, Jacqueline Wilson
. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
123. The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
124. House Of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
125. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
126. Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett

127. Angus, Thongs And Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
128. The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle
129. Possession, A. S. Byatt

130. The Master And Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
131. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
132. Danny The Champion Of The World, Roald Dahl
133. East Of Eden, John Steinbeck
134. George's Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl
135. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
136. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
137. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett

138. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
139. Girls In Tears, Jacqueline Wilson
140. Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson
141. All Quiet On The Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
142. Behind The Scenes At The Museum, Kate Atkinson
143. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
144. It, Stephen King

145. James And The Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
146. The Green Mile, Stephen King
147. Papillon, Henri Charriere
148. Men At Arms, Terry Pratchett
149. Master And Commander, Patrick O'Brian

150. Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz
151. Soul Music, Terry Pratchett
152. Thief Of Time, Terry Pratchett
153. The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett
154. Atonement, Ian McEwan

155. Secrets, Jacqueline Wilson
156. The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
157. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
158. Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

159. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
160. Cross Stitch, Diana Gabaldon
161. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
162. River God, Wilbur Smith
163. Sunset Song, Lewis Grassic Gibbon
164. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
165. The World According To Garp, John Irving
166. Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore
167. Girls Out Late, Jacqueline Wilson
168. The Far Pavilions, M. M. Kaye
169. The Witches, Roald Dahl
170. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White
171. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

172. They Used To Play On Grass, Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
173. The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
174. The Name Of The Rose, Umberto Eco
175. Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder
176. Dustbin Baby, Jacqueline Wilson
177. Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl
178. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
179. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Richard Bach
180. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
181. The Suitcase Kid, Jacqueline Wilson
182. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
183. The Power Of One, Bryce Courtenay
184. Silas Marner, George Eliot
185. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis

186. The Diary Of A Nobody, George and Weedon Grossmith
187. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
188. Goosebumps, R. L. Stine
189. Heidi, Johanna Spyri
190. Sons And Lovers, D. H. Lawrence
191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundra

192. Man And Boy, Tony Parsons
193. The Truth, Terry Pratchett
194. The War Of The Worlds, H. G. Wells
195. The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans
196. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
197. Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett
198. The Once And Future King, T. H. White

199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
200. Flowers In The Attic, Virginia Andrews


I have marked through the books that I have already read and bolded the ones that I want to read.

Comments

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black_raven135
Jan. 10th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
I notice that Lord of the Rings has not been one you have read nor is it bolded.
I would highly recommend it be placed in your
'to be read' category.
Trust me when I say, much better than the films.
I am rereading them for the second time and it is like reading them for the first time.
All that said, forget The Hobbit and just read FOTR, TT, and ROTK.

thepixieinside
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
OOPS! I meant to mark it! I have picked it up and read some of it several times. I love the movies, so I DEF. should read the books...Thanks! :D
black_raven135
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
I know you will.......
They are so wonderful....
Jackson rewrote so much that should
have been left alone.....
e.g. in TT they are at Isengarde and
Treebeard is addressing Legolas. I love
what he says to him and Legolas' reply how he wants to visit Fangorn later if he survives
but then notes he would bring Gimli with him who uses his axe not on trees but on orcs.....
Wonderful stuff.
All left out of the film to include other stuff that was never in Tolkien's books.
Do yourself a favor and begin with FOTR
Spare yourself The Hobbit.
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jesser1975
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
The War of the Worlds is a goooooood read. Read that one four times as a freshman in high school. I still go back for it every couple of years.
thepixieinside
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
OOOH! AWESOME! It is sitting on my shelf and I shall read it soon then....thank you so much! :D
soapnut
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
I would definitely skip Dracula. It's not worth it. Good story, but pretty poorly written, which gets REALLY distracting!
thepixieinside
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, see, I like the movies, but I have tried to read the book like 2-3 times, and it's SLOW AS HECK!!!! Thank you!
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icynn
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
I agree.
I've tried several times to read it, it just seems like there's so much writing that's just not needed. Which kind of sucks because it's supposed to be a classic ...
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soapnut
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
Oh, but I do suggest Pickwick Papers!
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icynn
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
Weren't a lot of these books on the banned list too ? LOL

There's a lot there I want to read too ... but I'm impatiently waiting for the last Harry Potter book !!
thepixieinside
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
HAHAHA! I do believe so!

OOOH! I am waiting for it too! *squirms*
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jayne_190
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
Stupid question: How do you strike through a section of text? I have wanted to do that, but always end up deleating whatever I was going to say.
thepixieinside
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
(without the " " s) <"strike"><"/strike">
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black_raven135
Jan. 10th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
one last suggestion..........I promise
I see you have not read A Tale of Two Cities, Sophie's World, War and Peace, His Dark Materials (trilogy), and The Count of Monte Cristo......
Would ((((((highly))))))) recommend them all.
thepixieinside
Jan. 10th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
Re: one last suggestion..........I promise
I am not a huge Dickens fan. He is too tedious for me. I need to try again though.
christinemozart
Jan. 10th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
Awsome list, I also plan on reading The Hobbit sometime

I'm glad you don't have HDM on your list because I can't stand Phillip Pullman
thepixieinside
Jan. 10th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Me too! (for both!) I tried reading the first in the Pullman series but he is SO BORING!!! I want to see the movie, purely because of Daniel Craig. ;)
jaded_fae
Jan. 10th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
You've got some great books on your list. Have fun reading!
thepixieinside
Jan. 10th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

BTW, what are you currently reading?
jaded_fae
Jan. 11th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
I just brought the third book in Rebbecca Wells' series about the Ya-Yas. :) It's called Ya-Yas in Bloom. I love the other two books and this one is excellent so far. I recommend them!
yourshrubbery
Jan. 10th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Watership Down, HitchHikers Guide, and Alice's Adventures are all very good reads. Although Watership Down freaked me out a little bit. I couldn't read it before bed sometimes. But I am a bit of a baby and I have an overactive imagination. =D
__concubine__
Jan. 10th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
~Anything by Terry Pratchett is good. You listed my two favorites- Wyrd Sisters and Thief of Time (yay!). I recommend you read Wyrd Sisters first because it's a good introduction into the Discworld series. It's also really fun because it makes fun of Shakespeare in so many ways:)

~The Hobbit is one of my favorite books. The first 100 pages are like pulling your teeth out one by one but then the story kicks off and it gets really good.

~The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is definitely one of my favorite books. It's very funny in a silly philosophic way. I recommend reading it twice.

~Brave New World is a really good utopia book. Apparently it's like 1984 but I haven't read that yet and I remember you put that down. But it's a good book to read when you think the world is bad because it provides insight about what a "perfect" society would be like.

~House of Leave is a trippy book. I got it for my birthday and haven't really read it yet but a periodically read bits of it. It's reaaaalllllyy weird. My friends Patrick and Sam are writing a novel very much like it. They highly recommend anyone read it (hence me wanting it), although it's long and it took Sam a good year to read it. But apparently it's worth it. I guess I better start reading it now too:)

~ I'm reading High Fidelity now when I'm not reading Lullaby (Chuck Palahniuk. If you haven't readany of his stuff before, he's really good). I like it so far. I saw the movie and love it but that's a pain in the butt because the movie follows the book really well (except for the change of the book from being in England to being in Chicago for the movie) and I keep wanting to skip ahead but can't. But it's funny and I like the way Hornby describes things dryly.

~ Heart of Darkness is the heaviest 100 pages you will read in your life. I read it last semester for Lit and we had to annotate like crazy. Lots of symbolism. Lots of description-- more than you need to know about things. It has a good "things you own end up owning you" kind of thing to it. It's a really good story but like I said, it's heavy. Be prepared to read slowly and carefully.

Happy reading!
__concubine__
Jan. 10th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
I also love love LOVED Crime and Punishment. It's a long read but very enjoyable and the only thing I found confusing was the names.
tvgurl_offcouch
Jan. 10th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
WoW ! I've read or own a pretty good amount the books you bolded.
-The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams-own, not finished reading but it is funny
-Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell-2nd Fave Orwell book next 2 Animal Farm
-Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë,-Own and great eerie mood
-Brave New World, Aldous Huxley- Read,I love dysutopia fiction!!
- Jude The Obscure, Thomas Hardy- Own, Awesome book made me think about my views on Marriage,religion and Love. It is a little depressing.
-Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad-Really interesting.

I have Gormenghast I just forgot where i left it. My room has books everywhere. I loved the miniseries. It was really beautiful.


thepixieinside
Jan. 10th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
OOH! I will check all of those out. Thank you! :)
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