BBC/Time book list

I combined the BBC 100 book list and a similar list published by Time magazine, sorted, removed duplicates, and ended up with the following list.  I’ve read about 30 of these, but I’m going to read them again.  I’ll tag those I finish bold, and italicize those I start but don’t finish (I reserve the right to give up on a book if it leaves me cold after 100 pages).

1984 (1948), by George Orwell
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
A Clockwork Orange (1963), by Anthony Burgess
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Dance to the Music of Time (1951), by Anthony Powell
A Death in the Family (1958), by James Agee
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
A Handful of Dust (1934), by Evelyn Waugh
A House for Mr. Biswas (1962), by V.S. Naipaul (lost interest over 1/2 way through it)
A Passage to India (1924), by E.M. Forster
A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
All the King’s Men (1946), by Robert Penn Warren
American Pastoral (1997), by Philip Roth
An American Tragedy (1925), by Theodore Dreiser
Animal Farm (1946), by George Orwell
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
Appointment in Samarra (1934), by John O’Hara
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (1970), by Judy Blume
At Swim-Two-Birds (1938), by Flann O’Brien
Atonement (2002), by Ian McEwan
Beloved (1987), by Toni Morrison
Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
Blood Meridian (1986), by Cormac McCarthy
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited (1946), by Evelyn Waugh
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Call It Sleep (1935), by Henry Roth
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
Catch-22 (1961), by Joseph Heller
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell (an amazing and difficult work to read)
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Complete Works of Shakespeare (yes, even Cymbeline)
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), by Willa Cather
Deliverance (1970), by James Dickey
Dog Soldiers (1974), by Robert Stone
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Dune – Frank Herbert
Emma -Jane Austen
Falconer (1977), by John Cheever
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
Germinal – Emile Zola
Go Tell it on the Mountain (1953), by James Baldwin
Gone With the Wind (1936), by Margaret Mitchell
Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), by Thomas Pynchon
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
Herzog (1964), by Saul Bellow
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Housekeeping (1981), by Marilynne Robinson
I, Claudius (1934), by Robert Graves
Infinite Jest (1996), by David Foster Wallace
Invisible Man (1952), by Ralph Ellison
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Light in August (1932), by William Faulkner
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
Lolita (1955), by Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies (1955), by William Golding
Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Loving (1945), by Henry Green
Lucky Jim (1954), by Kingsley Amis
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (trans.)
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Midnight’s Children (1981), by Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Money (1984), by Martin Amis
Mrs. Dalloway (1925), by Virginia Woolf
Naked Lunch (1959), by William Burroughs
Native Son (1940), by Richard Wright
Neuromancer (1984), by William Gibson
Never Let Me Go (2005), by Kazuo Ishiguro
Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
On the Road (1957), by Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962), by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Pale Fire (1962), by Vladimir Nabokov
Persuasion – Jane Austen
Play It As It Lays (1970), by Joan Didion
Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), by Philip Roth
Possession (1990), by A.S. Byatt
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Rabbit, Run (1960), by John Updike
Ragtime (1975), by E.L. Doctorow
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Red Harvest (1929), by Dashiell Hammett
Revolutionary Road (1961), by Richard Yates
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
Slaughterhouse Five (1969), by Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash (1992), by Neal Stephenson
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
The Adventures of Augie March (1953), by Saul Bellow
The Assistant (1957), by Bernard Malamud
The Berlin Stories (1946), by Christopher Isherwood
The Bible
The Big Sleep (1939), by Raymond Chandler
The Blind Assassin (2000), by Margaret Atwood
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927), by Thornton Wilder
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), by William Styron
The Corrections (2001), by Jonathan Franzen
The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), by Thomas Pynchon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
The Day of the Locust (1939), by Nathanael West
The Death of the Heart (1958), by Elizabeth Bowen
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969), by John Fowles
The Golden Notebook (1962), by Doris Lessing
The Great Gatsby (1925), by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Heart is A Lonely Hunter (1940), by Carson McCullers
The Heart of the Matter (1948), by Graham Greene
The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
The Inferno – Dante
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Lord of the Rings (1954), by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
The Man Who Loved Children (1940), by Christina Stead
The Moviegoer (1961), by Walker Percy
The Painted Bird (1965), by Jerzy Kosinski
The Power and the Glory (1939), by Graham Greene
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), by Muriel Spark
The Recognitions (1955), by William Gaddis
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Sheltering Sky (1949), by Paul Bowles
The Sot-Weed Factor (1960), by John Barth
The Sound and the Fury (1929), by William Faulkner
The Sportswriter (1986), by Richard Ford
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1964), by John le Carre
The Sun Also Rises (1926), by Ernest Hemingway
The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), by Zora Neale Hurston
Things Fall Apart (1959), by Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), by Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse (1927), by Virginia Woolf
Tropic of Cancer (1934), by Henry Miller
Ubik (1969), by Philip K. Dick
Ulysses – James Joyce
Under the Net (1954), by Iris Murdoch
Under the Volcano (1947), by Malcolm Lowry
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
Watchmen (1986), by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Watership Down – Richard Adams
White Noise (1985), by Don DeLillo
White Teeth (2000), by Zadie Smith
Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), by Jean Rhys
Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

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  3. Which BBC list did you use? One of the memes floating around? Or off the BBC web site?

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