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13. Read 50 books on the BBC Big Read top 100 list

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml

I chose this list because it’s a good mix of highbrow and incredibly lowbrow literature (Jacqueline Wilson anyone?!).

I started in Jan 2015, but got a bit bored of it by the end of the year, especially as I was re-reading quite a few books that I’d read already. Hopefully this will make me carry on with it..!

Books read so far:

  1. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte – 7/10
  2. Catch-22, Joseph Heller – 7/10
  3. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte – 5/10
  4. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks – 6/10
  5. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame – 8/10
  6. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens – 5/10
  7. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott – 9/10
  8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling – 7/10
  9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling – 7/10
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling – 8/10
  11. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien – 9/10
  12. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving – 5/10 – I absolutely hated this book, but it was pretty well written..!
  13. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck – 7/10
  14. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez – 7/10
  15. Persuasion, Jane Austen – 5/10
  16. Emma, Jane Austen – 7/10
  17. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery – 8/10
  18. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald – 6/10
  19. Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy – 7/10
  20. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher – 9/10
  21. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett – 9/10
  22. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth – 7/10
  23. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough – 10/10 – My favourite book so far
  24. Lord of the Flies, William Golding – 7/10
  25. Perfume, Patrick Suskind – 6/10
  26. The Secret History, Donna Tartt – 7/10
  27. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins – 8/10
  28. Bleak House, Charles Dickens – 7/10
  29. Holes, Louis Sachar – 7/10
  30. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy – 7/10
  31. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley – 7/10
  32. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons – 7/10
  33. On the Road, Jack Kerouac – 8/10
  34. The Alchemist, Paolo Coelho – 9/10
  35. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez – 6/10
  36. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman – 9/10 –  My favourite books as a teenager, such a pleasure to re-read them and be taken back to my 14-year-old self
  37. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams – 6/10
  38. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee – 9/10
  39. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger – 8/10
  40. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy – 9/10 – Probably my greatest life achievement!!! It’s absolutely AMAZING, a complete must-read.
  41. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – 8/10
  42. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens – 9/10
  43. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith – 9/10
  44. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens – 7/10
  45. Middlemarch, George Eliot – 9/10
  46. The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett – 8/10
  47. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen – 7/10
  48. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian – 9/10
  49. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier – 8/10
  50. Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden – 8/10
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