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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Are you well read?

This could be seen as a huge boast fest. However, I have enjoyed participating in this fest by Jodi at Turning the page for alerting us to the BBC's the BBC's Big Read began the search for the nation's best-loved novel, and asked you to nominate your favourite books.
Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.
• Copy this list.
• Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
• Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.

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
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

Jodie's list seems to be different and have these which I have read:
Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
Animal Farm – George Orwell

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Nineteen Eighty Four (1984) – George Orwell
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
7 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

The King James Bible

So how many is that? I keep coming up with different answers. How many have you read or almost read?  I never thought I was that well read!


  1. am beginning to wonder what their population sample was like

  2. Not sure why your list is different from Jodi's?

    I managed 36 of these, rather than the 28 of Jodi's list - so I like your list better! lol

  3. I've read 40, including 19 of the top 20.

    I remember watching this on the television when it first aired. It was fantastic and did wonders for book sales. It was a public vote - not the critics - and millions got involved.

    They should repeat the exercise.

  4. Yes it is odd that the lists are different. I googled BBC 'Good Read' and only chose their list because it was numbered. it mentioned it was originally done in 2003 maybe that is why the lists are different. Yes they should do it again :o)

  5. 47 out of 100. But I already knew I was fairly read well. This was fun! Thanks :)

  6. Hi Madeleine

    I got 29 of your list, which I thought wasn't bad, could do better!
    Thanks though, that was fun :)

  7. I've seen this list everywhere!

    You're definitely well-read!

  8. Interesting list. Surprised I've read as many as I have.

  9. I've seen that first list around, and got 37 I think. Although many of those Jane Austen one's I can't remember if I've actually read, or only watched the movie.

  10. Oh, dear. I only managed six. I guess that says a lot about the type of fiction I read!


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