The List

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien – read

2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman – read

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams – read

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling – read

6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – read

7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne – read

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell  – read

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

10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë – read

11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller – read

12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë – read

13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks – read

14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier – read

15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger – read

16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame  – read

17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – read

19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres

20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell – read

22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling – read

23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling  – read

24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling  – read

25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien – read

26. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy – read

27. Middlemarch, George Eliot

28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving – read

29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck

30. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – read

31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson – read

32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett – read

34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl – read

36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson – read

37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute

38. Persuasion, Jane Austen – read

39. Dune, Frank Herbert – read

40. Emma, Jane Austen – read

41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery – read

42. Watership Down, Richard Adams – read

43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald – read

44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

46. Animal Farm, George Orwell – read

47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens – read

48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy – read

49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian – read

50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett – read

52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck – read

53. The Stand, Stephen King – read

54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth

56. The BFG, Roald Dahl – read

57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome

58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell – read

59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer – read

60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman – read

62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden – read

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 – read

71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind – read

72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell

73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett

74. Matilda, Roald Dahl – read

75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding – read

76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt – read

77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins – read

78. Ulysses, James Joyce

79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens

80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson – read

81. The Twits, Roald Dahl – read

82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith – read

83. Holes, Louis Sachar – read

84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake

85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson – read

87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley – read

88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

89. Magician, Raymond E Feist

90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac – read

91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo

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

93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett

94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

95. Katherine, Anya Seton – read

96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer

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

98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson

99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot – read

100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie – read

Running total: 64/100

13 responses to “The List

  1. I love the list! What is your criteria for “must-read”?

    • Well this is a list compiled by the BBC of their 100 top books but my criteria is really anything and everything! I realised a couple of years ago that although I’ve read a lot I hadn’t read many of the ‘classics’ so I wanted to correct that and then there’s lots of other things that people tell me I have to read so I’m open to suggestions really!

  2. Hi, Kathy – it’s your new Goodreads friend who loved your review of “Carrie”! I also love your list above, and I wondered if I could share/reuse your idea on my own blog? I think it’s awesome that you linked some of your responses, too. Very clever! 🙂

    I haven’t read all of these books, either. I’m taking an English Literature class right now and I’m enjoying it. Of course, we started with British history, Marie de France, Chaucer, and we’ve now made it to Sir Thomas Mallory and we’re working on some of the King Arthur stories. I love it, and secretly have the feeling I might enjoy a lot of the Bronte sisters’ works now that I’m older and more wise than I was in high school. 😉

    I’m embarrassed to say that some of these I’ve never heard of – horrible to admit for a future English teacher – but it’s never too late! I’m a new follower to your blog, thanks to the WordPress app. I’m glad I found you! Take care!

    • Hi Cherstin, thanks for stopping by!

      Of course you’re more than welcome to use my list. It’s not actually mine it was compiled by the BBC a few years ago and to be honest I hadn’t heard of a fair few of them either! There’s some real gems on there though that I would never have read if I hadn’t decided to make a challenge of it like The Woman in White and Far from the Madding Crowd. The ones I’ve linked to are the ones I’ve read since starting this blog, I’m hoping to get them all filled in eventually….!

      It sounds like you’ve gone much further back into literary history than I’ve even thought of although I have read a couple of the King Arthur tales. I’ve thought about trying Chaucer but it seems very daunting :/

      I loved all my high school books but I know lots of people who hated theirs until they come across them again in adulthood so it might be worth a go for you as well. I’ve only read a couple of Bronte books but I really liked them – I’m developing quite a taste for the Victorians!!

  3. Hooray! Thanks, Kathy – I’m going to link to your blog and credit you with the idea. I think you should try some Chaucer – although it is hard to get into at first (I found myself getting whiplash from looking back and forth at the sidebar to get the translations), after a short while you begin to pick up on a lot of the Middle English and don’t need the notations. I gained a huge respect for his work: From romance to courtly love to chivalry to fabliau to fable, the guy was capable of everything! The tales themselves are still so relevant, and the interaction among his motley crew of pilgrims is hysterical. 🙂

    Of course, you should probably wait until you finish your list first. 😉

    Happy reading and blogging!

    • You’re welcome and thanks for the mention 😉

      I’m sure I will get round to it, I find when I’m reading something a bit older I tend to start thinking that way. The other day I actually thanked someone for being “very obliging” so I’m not sure I should get into Middle English…! It’s goo to know there’s some laughs as well because that’s something I tend to (wrongly) assume will be missing.

      Happy reading and blogging and writing to you too!

  4. Great idea! I commute to work every day as well and the best part is definitely the time to read! How are you getting on with Tess of the Durbervilles? I had to read that in school and hated it. So many bad things kept happening to her I was thinking ‘Oh come on!’ 🙂

    • It certainly is! People are always asking why I don’t move closer to work but the reading is too hard thing to give up. I’m not sure how I feel about Tess, it was pretty awful for a while (I’m only about 1/4 of the way through) but I thought it was getting better. Maybe there’s more in store for her! I finished Far From the Madding Crowd recently and Tess isn’t quite living up to it 😦

  5. Yeah no one understands how I can enjoy the commute either – what better way to prepare yourself for the day ahead or unwind after work than a journey with a book? I haven’t read Far From the Madding Crowd. I might just be biased against Tess because I was forced to read it but good luck with it!

  6. Wow, you’ve read so many of these now!

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