The “100 Books the BBC Think Most People Haven’t Read More than 6 of” Tag

I found this post via Olivia’s blog here, but MovieCritic made it here.

Also, I’m not sure there is any evidence that the BBC ever made such a list or made such a claim. Nevertheless, this tag is fun.

The ones I’ve read (17), I’ve highlighted. I plan to read some of more of these titles. I’m not absolutely certain about all the ones I’ve skimmed or started (or which is which), so I didn’t mark those. Many of the others I’ve never heard of. I’m not going to tag anyone, but feel free to tag yourself.

1.  Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen 
2.  Gormenghast Trilogy –  Mervyn Peake 
3.  Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë 
4.  Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Yukio Mishima
5.  To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 
6.  The Story of the Eye – George Bataille
7.  Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë 
8.  Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell 
9.  Adrift on the Nile – Naguib Mahfouz
10.  Great Expectations – Charles Dickens 
11.  Little Women – Louisa May Alcott 
12.  Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13.  Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14.  Rhinoceros – Eugene Ionesco
15.  Baron in the Trees – Italo Calvino
16.  The Master of Go – Yasunari Kawabata
17.  Woman in the Dunes – Abe Kobo
18.  Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger 
19.  The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargas Llosa
20.  Middlemarch – George Eliot
21.  Gogol’s Wife – Tomasso Landolfi
22.  The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald 
23.  Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
24.  War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25.  Ferdydurke – Gombrowicz
26.  Narcissus and Goldmund – Herman Hesse
27.  Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
28.  The 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.  The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
33.  Tom Sawyer / Huck Finn – Mark Twain 
34.  Emma – Jane Austen
35.  Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe 
36.  Delta Wedding – Eudora Welty
37.  The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini 
38.  Naomi – Junichiro Tanizaki
39.  Cosmicomics – Italo Calvino
40.  The Joke – Milan Kundera
41.  Animal Farm – George Orwell
42.  Labyrinths – Gorge Luis Borges
43.  One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44.  A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving 
45.  Under My Skin – Doris Lessing
46.  Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery 
47.  Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy 
48.  Don Quixote – Miguel Cervantes 
49.  Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50.  Absalom Absalom – William Faulkner
51.  Beloved – Toni Morrison
52.  The Flounder – Gunther Grass
53.  Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol
54.  Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55.  My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk
56.  A Dolls House – Henrik Ibsen
57.  A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens 
58.  Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59.  The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
60.  Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61.  Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62.  Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63.  Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
64.  Death on the Installment Plan – Celine
65.  Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66.  On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67.  Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68.  Pedro Paramo – Juan Rulfo
69.  Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70.  Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71.  Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72.  Dracula – Bram Stoker
73.  The Metamorphosis – Kafka
74.  Epitaph of a Small Winner – Machado De Assis
75.  Ulysses – James Joyce
76.  The Inferno – Dante 
77.  Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78.  Germinal – Emile Zola
79.  To the Light House – Virginia Woolf 
80.  Disgrace – John Maxwell Coetzee
81.  A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82.  Zorba the Greek – Nikos Kazantzakis
83.  The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84.  The Box Man – Abe Kobo
85.  Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86.  A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87.  The Stranger – Camus
88.  Acquainted with the Night – Heinrich Boll
89.  Don’t Call It Night – Amos Oz
90.  The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91.  Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92.  The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93.  Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
94.  Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar
95.  A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96.  Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
97.  The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98.  Hamlet – William Shakespeare 
99.  Faust – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
100.  Metamorphosis – Ovid

 

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