Monday, July 22, 2013

BBC Book List Challenge

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books on this list. How many have you read? The average Goodreads member has read 24 out of 100 books on this list — how many have you read?

I've read 30. I am going to challenge myself to read more from this list. If reading makes me a better writer, then I suppose these are just the books to help me on that path.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) - J.K. Rowling
2. The Da Vinci Code - Robert Langdon
3. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
4. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
5. Animal Farm - George Orwell
6. The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings #1-3) - J.R.R. Tolkien
7. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
8. 1984 - George Orwell
9. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
10. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1) - Douglas Adams
11. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
12. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
13. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
14. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
15. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
16. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
17. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
18. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
19. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
20. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
21. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
22. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
23. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
24. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll
25. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
26. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
27. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
28. Bridget Jones' Diary (Bridget Jones #1) - Helen Fielding
29. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
30. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
31. Holy Bible: The New King James Version - Anonymous
32. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
33. Atonement - Ian McEwan
34. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
35. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
37. Dracula - Bram Stoker
38. The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
39. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
40. The Show of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1) - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
41. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
42. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
45. The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia #1-7) - C.S. Lewis
46. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
47. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
48. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
49. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
50. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
51. His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3) - Philip Pullman
52. Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne
53. Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) - L.M. Montgomery
54. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
55. Persuasion - Jane Austen
56. A Prayer of Owen Meany - John Irving
57. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
59. The Complete Works - William Shakespear
60. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
61. Tess of the d'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy
62. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
63. Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
64. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
65. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
66. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
67. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
68. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
69. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
70. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
71. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
72. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
73. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #3) - Arthur Conan Doyle
74. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
75. Moby-Dick - Herman Melville
76. Emma - Jane Austen
77. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
78. Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
79. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
80. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
83. Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War - Sebastian Faulks
84. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life - George Eliot
85. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
86. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
87. Possession - A.S. Byatt
88. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
89. Dune (Dune Chronicles #1) - Frank Herbert
90. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
91. Watership Down - Richard Adams
92. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
93. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
94. Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
95. Ulysses - James Joyce
96. Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons #1) - Arthur Ransome
97. Germinal (Les Rougon-Macquart #13) - Emile Zola
98. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
99. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
100. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole