Cruising the web, I found the Bookend’s Agency’s blog post about these 100 books that we all should read to enrich and enlighten our lives, make our living fuller and more rounded…

Yadda yadda yadda…

“If you’re on Facebook you’ve undoubtedly seen the Book List Challenge. It’s purported to be from the BBC, a list of 100 books that they believe most people will have read only six of.”

(from Bookend’s Blog)

I perused the list, and I realized, I wasn’t nearly as uneducated as I thought… I’d read a fair share of these books. And ironically, really liked them. 🙂 Though I noticed a few weren’t on the list, like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Peter Pan, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and Aesop’s Fables. All great books certainly worth reading.

What about you, have you read any of these books? (I will mark the ones I’ve read.)

*1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2. The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

*4. Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling

*5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6. The Bible

7. Wuthering Heights

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

*10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

*11. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

12. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

14. Complete Works of Shakespeare

15. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

16. The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18. Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20. Middlemarch – George Eliot

*21. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

*22. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

*28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

***29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll (have started reading it…)

30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

***31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (have started reading it…)

32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

*33. The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis (tes, to all of them)

34. Emma – Jane Austen

35. Persuasion – Jane Austen

*36. The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis

37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere

*39. Memoirs of a Geisha – William Golden

*40. Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne

41. Animal Farm – George Orwell

*42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46. Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery

47. Far from the Madding Crowd _ Thomas Hardy

48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding (Hate this book!!!)

50. Atonement – Ian McEwan

51. Life of Pi – Yann Martell

52. Dune – Frank Herbert

53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

***54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen (yet another I have started)

55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

*57. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60. Love in the time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66. On the Road – Jack Kerouac

67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville

71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72. Dracula – Bram Stoker

73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson

74. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson

75. Ulysses – James Joyce

76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78. Germinal – Emile Zola

79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80. Possession – A. S. Byatt

81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82. Cloud Atlas – Charles Mitchell

83. The Colour Purple – Alice Walker

84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

*87. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White

88. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90. The Faraway Tree collection – Enid Blyton

91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint Exupery

93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94. Watership Down – Richard Adams

95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

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