BBC The Big Read Top 200

As many of you will know, in 2003, the BBC conducted a survey to find Britain’s best loved novels, including children’s books. The list, which can be found here, is done by rating. I am not a fan of lists by rating, especially of novels, so I spent an evening ordering alphabetically by the author’s surname (thank goodness for the Excel auto alphabetical tool or it would have taken me hours!) Please note that I did this late at night, so there may be the odd spelling error.

It is my intention to read all 200 of the BBC’s Big Read top books. I’m not going to set a date to do it by, and I won’t be reading these novels exclusively, but I’m very much looking forward to the challenge. I have already read a number of the books, most of the children’s books and several others, but I am going to read them all again for the purpose of this challenge.

At this point I’d like to thank the BBC for not including plays or poetry in the list, as there is noway I could face Shakespeare or any amount of poetry, since I’ve never enjoyed either. I’d also like to invite any of my readers to join me in the challenge. I’ll be updating every couple of months with any books I’ve read. There’s not much else to say except, I’d better get reading.

Author Title Rated My Rating Date Read
Adams, Douglas The Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy 4
Adams, Richard Watership Down 42
Alcott, Louisa May Little Women 18
Andrews, Virginia Flowers in the Attic 200
Archer, Jeffrey Kane and Abel 96
Atkinson, Kate Behind The Scenes At The Museum 142
Atwood, Margaret The Handmaid’s Tale 131
Auel, Jean M The Clan of the Cave Bear 92
Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice 2
Austen, Jane Persuasion 38
Austen, Jane Emma 40
Bach, Richard Jonathan Livingstone Seagull 179
Banks, Iain The Wasp Factory 108
Blackman, Malorie Noughts and Crosses 61
Blackmore, R D Lorna Doone 166
Blyton, Enid The Magic Faraway Tree 66
Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre 10
Bronte, Emily Wuthering Heights 12
Buchan, John The Thirty-Nine Steps 138
Bulgakov, Mikhail The Master and Margarita 130
Byatt, A S Possession 129
Cabot, Meg The Princess Diaries 99
Carle, Eric The Very Hungry Caterpillar 199
Carroll, Lewis Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland 30
Charriere, Henri Papillon 147
Clavell, James Shogun 119
Coelho, Paulo The Alchemist 94
Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl 59
Collins, Wilkie The Woman In White 77
Conan Doyle, Arthur The Hound of the Baskervilles 128
Conrad, Joseph Heart Of Darkness 158
Courtenay, Bryce The Power of One 183
Dahl, Roald Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 35
Dahl, Roald The BFG 56
Dahl, Roald Matilda 74
Dahl, Roald The Twits 81
Dahl, Roald Danny The Champion of the World 132
Dahl, Roald George’s Marvellous Medicine 134
Dahl, Roald James and the Giant Peach 145
Dahl, Roald The Witches 169
Dahl, Roald Fantastic Mr Fox 177
Danielewski, Mark Z House Of Leaves 124
de Bernieres, Louis Captain Corelli’s Mandolin 19
de Saint-Exupery, Antoine The Little Prince 180
Dickens, Charles Great Expectations 17
Dickens, Charles David Copperfield 34
Dickens, Charles A Christmas Carol 47
Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities 63
Dickens, Charles Bleak House 79
Dickens, Charles The Pickwick Papers 106
Dickens, Charles Oliver Twist 182
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment 60
du Maurier, Daphne Rebecca 14
Dumas, Alexandre The Count of Monte Cristo 44
Easton Ellis, Bret American Psycho 185
Eco, Umberto The Name of the Rose 174
Eliot, George Middlemarch 27
Eliot, George Silas Marner 184
Evans, Nicholas The Horse Whisperer 195
Faulks, Sebastian Birdsong 13
Feist, Raymond E Magician 89
Fielding, Helen Bridget Jones’s Diary 75
Fitzgerald, F Scott The Great Gatsby 43
Follett, Ken The Pillars of the Earth 33
Forsyth, Frederick The Day Of The Jackal 109
Fowles, John The Magus 67
Gaarder, Jostein Sophie’s World 175
Gabaldon, Diana Cross Stitch 160
Galsworthy, John The Forsyte Saga 123
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel One Hundred Years of Solitude 32
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel Love In The Time of Cholera 97
Garland, Alex The Beach 103
Gibbon, Lewis Grassic Sunset Song 163
Gibbons, Stella Cold Comfort Farm 88
Golding, William Lord Of The Flies 70
Golen, Arthur Memoirs Of A Geisha 62
Grahame, Kenneth The Wind in the Willows 16
Grossmith, George and Weedon The Diary of a Nobody 186
Hardy, Thomas Tess Of The D’Urbervilles 26
Hardy, Thomas Far From the Madding Crowd 48
Hardy, Thomas Jude The Obscure 111
Hardy, Thomas The Mayor of Casterbridge 115
Heller, Joseph Catch-22 11
Hemingway, Ernest The Old Man and the Sea 173
Herbert, Frank Dune 39
Hodgson Burnett, Frances The Secret Garden 51
Hornby, Nick High Fifelity 143
Horowitz, Anthony Point Blanc 105
Horowitz, Anthony Stormbreaker 107
Horowitz, Anthony Skeleton Key 150
Hugo, Victor Les Miserables 114
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World 87
Irving, John A Prayer For Owen Meany 28
Irving, John The World According To Garp 165
Jerome, Jerome K Three Men In A Boat 101
Joyce, James Ulysses 78
Kaye, M M The Far Pavilions 168
Kerouac, Jack On The Road 90
Kesey, Ken One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest 157
King, Stephen The Stand 53
King, Stephen It 144
King, Stephen The Green Mile 146
Kingsolver, Barbara The Poisonwood Bible 125
Kipling, Rudyard Kim 159
Kundera, Milan The Unbearable Lightness of Being 191
Lawrence, D H Sons and Lovers 190
Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird 6
Lewis, CS The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 9
Magorian, Michelle Goodnight Mister Tom 49
McCollough, Colleen The Thorn Birds 64
McEwan, Ian Atonement 154
Melville, Herman Moby Dick 161
Milne, A Winnie the Pooh 7
Mistry, Rohinton A Fine Balance 196
Mitchell, Margaret Gone with the Wind 21
Monsarrat, Nicholas The Cruel Sea 113
Montgomery, LM Anne of Green Gables 41
Nabokov, Vladimir Lolita 178
O’Brian, Patrick Master And Commander 149
Orwell, George Nineteen Eighty-Four 8
Orwell, George Animal Farm 46
Parsons, Tony Man and Boy 192
Peake, Mervyn Gormenghast 84
Pilcher, Rosamunde The Shell Seekers 50
Pratchett, Terry Mort 65
Pratchett, Terry Guards! Guards! 69
Pratchett, Terry Night Watch 73
Pratchett, Terry The Colour of Magic 93
Pratchett, Terry Small Gods 102
Pratchett, Terry Reaper Man 126
Pratchett, Terry Wyrd Sisters 135
Pratchett, Terry Hogfather 137
Pratchett, Terry Men At Arms 148
Pratchett, Terry Soul Music 151
Pratchett, Terry Theif Of Time 152
Pratchett, Terry The Fifth Elephant 153
Pratchett, Terry The Truth 193
Pratchett, Terry Witches Abroad 197
Pratchett, Terry and Gaiman, Neil Good Omens 68
Proulx, Annie The Shipping News 164
Pullman, Philip His Dark Materials 3
Puzo, Mario The Godfather 91
Ransome, Arthur Swallows and Amazons 57
Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet On The Western Front 141
Rennison, Louise Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging 127
Rowling, JK Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 5
Rowling, JK Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 22
Rowling, JK Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 23
Rowling, JK Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 24
Roy, Arundhati The God of Small Things 85
Rushdie, Salman Midnight’s Children 100
Sachar, Louis Holes 83
Salinger, JD The Catcher in the Rye 15
Serraillier, Ian The Silver Sword 156
Seth, Vikram A Suitable Boy 55
Seton, Anya Katherine 95
Sewll, Anna Black Beauty 58
Shelley, Mary Frankenstein 171
Shute, Nevil A Town Like Alice 37
Smith, Dodie I Capture the Castle 82
Smith, Wilbur River God 162
Spyri, Johanna Heidi 189
Steinbeck, John The Grapes Of Wrath 29
Steinbeck, John Of Mice and Men 52
Steinbeck, John East Of Eden 133
Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island 36
Stine, R L Goosebumps 188
Stoker, Bram Dracula 104
Suskind, Patrick Perfume 71
Tartt, Donna The Secret History 76
Thackeray, William Makepeace Vanity Fair 122
Tolkien, JRR The Lord of the Rings 1
Tolkien, JRR The Hobbit 25
Tolstoy, Leo War and Peace 20
Tolstoy, Leo Anna Karenina 54
Townsend, Sue The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 112
Tressell, Robert The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists 72
Venables, Terry and Williams, Gordon They Used To Play On Grass 172
Walker, Alice The Color Purple 136
Waugh, Evelyn Brideshead Revisited 45
Wells, H G The War Of The Worlds 194
Welsh, Irvine Trainspotting 187
White, E B Charlotte’s Web 170
White, T H The Once and Future King 198
Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray 118
Wilson, Jacqueline The Story of Tracy Beaker 31
Wilson, Jacqueline Double Act 80
Wilson, Jacqueline Vicky Angel 86
Wilson, Jacqueline Girls In Love 98
Wilson, Jacqueline The Illustrated Mum 110
Wilson, Jacqueline The Dare Game 116
Wilson, Jacqueline Bad Girls 117
Wilson, Jacqueline Lola Rose 121
Wilson, Jacqueline Girls In Tears 139
Wilson, Jacqueline Sleepovers 140
Wilson, Jacqueline Secrets 155
Wilson, Jacqueline Girls Out Late 167
Wilson, Jacqueline Dustbin Baby 176
Wilson, Jacqueline The Suitcase Kid 181
Wyndham, John The Day Of The Triffids 120

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