Book List

Having been in PC for over 23 months now (insert WHAT THE HECK?! comment here), I’ve noticed a pattern: I read. A lot.

I’ve always been a reader. My parents actually grounded me from reading when I was younger. Now, before you start thinking that my parents were horrible people, imagine this situation: You tell your child to go to her room because she was fighting with her sister. She gets a big smile on her face and nearly skips off to her room. A little later you check in, and she hushes you and is happily reading in the corner, and doesn’t leave her room for the next several hours, voluntarily…. So yes, they grounded me from reading.

Anyways, because I have tons of free time and a Kindle that is loaded up with tons of good books (plus access to the PCSA library), I’ve decided to do something I’ve been pondering for awhile-Read the entire BBC The Big Read list.

I chose BBC’s Big Read list for a few reasons. 1. It has a lot of books I want to read on it. 2. The BBC is cool. 3. It has a lot of books I want to read on it. 🙂

So, there are 100 books on the list, and I am strategically going through it. It was compiled through voting in 2003, so super-new books aren’t on there, but that’s ok.

Here is the list, and the strikethrough indicates the books I have read, and if I have kept track, when I finished it.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (19/04/12)
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (23/09/12)
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbirg, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne de Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kennneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess of the D’Umbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot (2012)
28. A Prayer for Own Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll(14/09/2012)
31. The Story of Tracy Beaker, Jacquelin Wilson
32. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (March 2012)
33. The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl (17/04/12)
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis StevensonMay 2012
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute (17/09/12)
38. Persuasion, Jane Austin (19/09/12)
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austin
41. Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas (April 2012)
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh (22/04/12)
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell (14/05/12)
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens (2013)
48. Far from the Maddening Crowd, Thomas Hardy (Sept 2012)
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anne Sewell(May 2012)
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer (March 2012)
60. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden (24/04/12)
63. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (Oct 2012)
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett (28/10/12)
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord of the Flies, William Golding(May 2012)
71. Perfume, Partick Suskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett (Oct 2012)
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl (June 2013)
75. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding (08/05/12)
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl (17/04/12)
82. I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angle, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (Oct 2012)
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac (13/09/12)
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan of the Cave Brea, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett(June 2012)
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (12/05/12)
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez(June 2012)
98. Girls in Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie

34/100 (May 2012)
43/100 (September 2012)-Haven’t been reading as much 😦

48/100 (October 2012)

50/100 (June 2013)-Halfway there!  And I really need to get back to reading again…

Let the reading begin!
-Jen

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