Monday, 3 August 2015

The BBC Big Read

I read a lot of books, and a lot of different books. I like to mix it up, and draw from a bunch of different sources. One of those sources is the BBC Big Read list, which I am getting very close to being done. I started it because my sister had read many more on the list than I had, and I'm just a teensy bit competitive. Now I'm winning!

Thoughts on this list: obviously a lot of books that have the popular support to win a list like this are children's books, classics, and a certain kind of bestseller. Overall, though, I've enjoyed a lot of the books I've read on it!

Many of the books on this list I read before I started writing reviews, but I've added links to the ones I have written. (unread) marks those few I still have left to go!

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Winnie-The-Pooh - A.A. Milne
1984 - George Orwell
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Middlemarch - George Eliot
A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
The Story of Tracy Beaker - Jacqueline Wilson
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
Persuasion - Jane Austen
Dune - Frank Herbert
Emma - Jane Austen
Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
Watership Down - Richard Adams
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
Animal Farm - George Orwell
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
Goodnight, Mister Tom - Michelle Magorian
The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
The Stand - Stephen King
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
The BFG - Roald Dahl
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
Noughts and Crosses -  Malorie Blackman
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Magic Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton (unread)
The Magus - John Fowles
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Perfume - Patrick Suskind
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Robert Tressell
Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
Matilda - Roald Dahl
Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
Ulysses - James Joyce
Bleak House - Charles Dickens
Double Act - Jacqueline Wilson
The Twits - Roald Dahl
I Capture The Castle - Dodie Smith
Holes - Louis Sachar
Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
Vicky Angel - Jacqueline Wilson
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
Magician - Raymond E. Feist
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
The Godfather - Mario Puzo
The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Katherine - Anya Seton
Kane and Abel - Jeffrey Archer
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Girls in Love - Jacqueline Wilson (unread)
The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie (unread)

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