19 out of 100 as of 9/2013


Mia-Wasikowska-Jane-Eyre Michael Fassbender

Mr Rochester pleads his damned cause with Jane Eyre, breaking the good reader’s heart in the process.

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. I don’t think I will be able to finish this list. A lot of the material honestly seem to be beyond my depth and (to be completely frank) my interests. But I’ve gotten through 19 as of this month, so I guess at the very least I am not most people 🙂

Besides, I also feel that other worthy books are not included in the 100 must-reads. To be fair though, the literary world is an ever changing, evolving space and no list will ever be complete. The magic of books, I daresay, is that the story never quite ends.

Check the list and see how you fare.

1 Pride and Prejudice – 1 

2 The Lord of the Rings –

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte – 2

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling – 3

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee -4

6 The Bible – 5

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 Faulk –

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – 6

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger – 7

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot –

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell –

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald –

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens –

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy –

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

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky –

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 – 8

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen – 9

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 – AA Milne –

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell – 10

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – 11

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez – 17

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 – 12

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan –

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel –

52 Dune – Frank Herbert –

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons –

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – 13

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 – 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 – 14

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- 15

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 – EB White –

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom – 18

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 – 16

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo – <photo id=”1″ />

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