Best-loved books

This is just a bit of fun…In bold are the books I’ve read in their entirety, in italics are the ones I started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt. In brackets are the ones I’ve never read. Apparently the BBC believes most people have only read 6 of these books…

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

(5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee)

6 The Bible

(7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte)

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

(9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman)

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

(11 Little Women – Louisa M 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 – JRR Tolkien

(17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks)

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD 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)

(24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy)

(25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams)

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

(31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy)

(32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens)

(33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis)

(34 Emma – Jane Austen)

(35 Persuasion – Jane Austen)

(36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis)

(37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini)

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur 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 – LM Montgomery)

(47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy)

(48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood)

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

(50 Atonement – Ian McEwan)

(51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel)

(52 Dune – Frank Herbert)

(53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons)

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 Burnett

(74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson)

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

(76 The Inferno – Dante)

(77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome)

(78 Germinal – Emile Zola)

(79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray)

(80 Possession – AS Byatt)

(81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens)

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color 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 and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl)

(100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo)

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