100 BOOKS YOU HAVE TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE (by BBC)


Here’s the list:

  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. 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. 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 Faulk
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  19. 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
  23. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  24. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  25. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  26. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  27. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  28. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  29. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  30. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  31. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
  32. Emma – Jane Austen
  33. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  34. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
  35. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  36. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  37. 37. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
  38. Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
  39. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  40. 40. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  41. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  42. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
  43. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  44. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
  45. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  46. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  47. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  48. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  49. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  50. Dune – Frank Herbert
  51. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  52. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  53. Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
  54. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  55. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  56. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  57. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  59. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  60. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  61. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  62. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  63. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  64. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  65. Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
  66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  68. 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. 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. 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. 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. 98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

* I’ve highlighted the books that I’ve already read. Poor me, I’ve only read 10 of them. But ask me any GRISHAM, BROWN, ALBOM, PASCAL collection, I can always give an-almost-accurate-answer!

Reading is a sure nice way to distress yourself from reality. In also helps people widen their vocabulary. I think, reading is even better than having night outs and drinking sessions with peers (oh well, not always pala Ü).

There. Enjoy reading! Lend me your books, if you have anything on the list, ha?!

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