The BBC's Top 100 Books

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  1. Rijomu Sezain

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    The one Practhett to read if one is only going to read one is Small Gods. It's completely standalone and one of the better ones. IMO anyway.
     
  2. Izanagi Asklepios

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    Small Gods and Reaper Man are my favourite books by Pratchett. I found them both surprisingly touching. The first one is about religion and the other about death, starring Death. He's my favourite Discworld character.

    Do you know any lists that have more international a selection of authors? Or a list of Nordic or Finnish classics?
     
  3. Kerna Shedrian

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  4. Toral Delvar

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    Of the ones of yours I have read
    Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - The only Austen book I have been able to read. Very old fashioned language as with all her work, but it seems more focussed. the others, just go on and on about nothing and I couldn't take it
    Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne - This again was pretty hard work, but at least I managed it
    Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë - Apart from the last chapter or two, this one isn't so bad
    Catch-22 - Joseph Heller - Starts off pretty amusing, but the humor quickly becomes tiring, it is just the same thing over and over again. I gave up about halfway through
    Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë :x Really, don't inflict this on yourself. Every single character is horrendous and extremely unlikeable
    Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks - Boring as hell, but more or less readable. I guess if you like that sort of tragic suffering it could be enjoyable, but I don't get the love
    Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier - Basically pointless, a short story expanded into a novel
    The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - Just go and find the most entiltled, self pitying whiny teenager you can and spend a couple of days having them tell you have everyone else in the world sucks. It will be more enjoyable
    The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame - I was ok with this as a child, but that was many years ago
    Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres - Skip the first couple of chapters. I tried from the begining and nothing useful happened so I gave up
    The Pillars Of The Earth - Ken Follett - I managed about half of this, because it held out promise that something interesting was about to happen, but eventually I realised I was being tricked and there was nothing interesting at all
    David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - One of the most readable of all Dickens
    Persuasion - Jane Austen - As with most of Austen's works, filled with a sense of self importance and detailed descriptions of the boring lives of boring people
    Emma - Jane Austen - "wibble"
    Watership Down - Richard Adams - I guess I like this as it has talking rabbits
    Animal Farm - George Orwell - Another one I actually liked,t hough I read it while I was doing GCSE history and the Russian Revolution, so that probably influenced me
    A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens - This is pretty short and so well known it is an easy read
    A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - Another one , I tried, but my god is it dull\
    The Magic Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton - It was fun when I was 8
    Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett - One of the early books where Pratchett hit his stride and wasn't focussed so much on parodying traditional fantasy
    Lord Of The Flies - William Golding - just read the last chapter
    Night Watch - Terry Pratchett - I liked it, and it probably works as a stand alone, but there is a lot that is related to his earlier books
    Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding - This one was actually very entertaining
    Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - Of the ones I read because it was on this list, this is the one I liked most
     
  5. Taika Vinh

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    That Wiki list had also some national lists under it. French list was compiled mostly of French literature :D

    Izanagi, here's a list that Keskisuomalainen made (as the reaction to BBC list), that I saw on Facebook in 2010. I've bolded the ones I've read, and cursived the ones I've started, or read only partly. It's a Finnish list, so there are quite a lot of Finnish and Swedish books there, but most of them are international. The Finnish ones (even though some of them would be translated) are in Finnish, all the others are listed by their English name. Except the last, which is Swedish.
    1. Mika Waltari - Sinuhe Egyptiläinen
    2. J.R.R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings
    3. Väinö Linna - Tuntematon sotilas
    4. Aleksis Kivi - Seitsemän veljestä
    5. Väinö Linna - Täällä Pohjantähden alla 1-3
    6. Agatha Christie - 10 Little Indians
    7. Fjodor Dostojevski - Crime and Punishment
    8. Anne Frank - Diary
    9. Douglas Adams - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    10. Astrid Lindgren - Brothers Lionheat
    11. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - Little Prince
    12. J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter Series
    13. Gabriel García Márquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude
    14. George Orwell - 1984
    15. Veikko Huovinen - Havukka-ahon ajattelija
    16. Elias Lönnrot - Kalevala
    17. Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
    18. Sofi Oksanen - Puhdistus
    19. Astrid Lindgren - Pippi Longstocking
    20. Mihail Bulgakov - Master and Margarita
    21. Richard Bach - Jonathan Livingston Seagull
    22. Umberto Eco - Name of the Rose
    23. Tove Jansson - Muumipeikko ja pyrstötähti
    24. J. & W. Grimm - Fairytales I-III
    25. Dan Brown - Da Vinci Code
    26. Enid Blyton - The Famous Five Series
    27. Anna-Leena Härkönen - Häräntappoase
    28. Ernest Hemingway - Old Man and the Sea
    29. Goscinny - Uderzo - Asterix Series
    30. John Irving - World According to Garp
    31. Louisa May Alcott - Little Women
    32. Victor Hugo - Les Miserables
    33. C.S. Lewis - Narnia Series
    34. A.A. Milne - Winnie the Pooh
    35. Henri Charriete - Papillon
    36. Alexandre Dumas - The Three Musketeers
    37. Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights
    38. William Golding - Lord of the Flies
    39. Juhani Aho - Rautatie
    40. Leo Tolstoi - Anna Karenina
    41. Frank McCourt - Angela's Ashes
    42. Arthur C. Clarke - 2001: A Space Odyssey
    43. J.D. Salinger - Catcher in the Rye
    44. Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre
    45. Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five
    46. Isaac Asimov - Foundation
    47. Aapeli - Pikku Pietarin piha
    48. Leo Tolstoi - War and Peace
    49. Mauri Kunnas - Koiramäen talossa
    50. Margaret Mitchell - Gone With the Wind
    51. Nikolai Gogol - Dead Souls
    52. Albert Camus - Stranger
    53. Kirsi Kunnas - Tiitiäisen satupuu
    54. Hergé - Tintin Series
    55. Miquel Cervantes - Don Quijote
    56. Eduard Uspenski - Uncle Fyodor, His Dog and His Cat
    57. Mark Twain - Huckleberry Finn
    58. Johanna Sinisalo - Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi
    59. Herman Hesse - The Glass Bead Game
    60. Günther Grass - Tin Drum
    61. Jostein Gaarder - Sophie's World
    62. Leon Uris - Exodus
    63. Lucy M. Montgomery - Emily of New Moon Series
    64. Ilmari Kianto - Punainen viiva
    65. Franz Kafka - The Trial
    66. Guareschi Giovanni - The Little World of Don Camillo
    67. Lewis Caroll - Alice in Wonderland
    68. John Steinbeck - East of Eden
    69. Kari Hotakainen - Juoksuhaudantie
    70. Paulo Coelho - By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
    71. Jules Verne - Around the World in 80 Days
    72. Risto Isomäki - Sarasvatin hiekkaa
    73. Jaroslav Hasek - The Good Soldier Svejk
    74. Giovanni Boccaccio - Decamerone
    75. Oscar Wilde - Picture of Dorian Gray
    76. Milan Kundera - The Unbearable Lightness of Being
    77. Homeros - Odyssey
    78. Peter Hoeg - Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
    79. Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of Baskerville
    80. William Shakespeare - Hamlet
    81. Eino Leino - Helkavirsiä-sarja
    82. Stieg Larsson - The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo
    83. Yrjö Kokko - Pessi ja Illusia
    84. Thomas Harris - The Silence of the Lambs
    85. Raymond Chandler - The Big Sleep
    86. Jean M. Untinen-Auel - Clan of the Cave Bear
    87. Deborah Spungen - Nancy
    88. Stephen King - The Shining
    89. Laura Ingalls Wilder - Little House on the Prairie
    90. Laila Hietamies - Hylätyt talot, autiot pihat
    91. Aino Suhola - Rakasta minut vahvaksi
    92. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - The Gulag Archipelago
    93. Mikael Niemi - Populäärimusiikkia Vittulajänkältä
    94. Timo K. Mukka - Maa on syntinen laulu
    95. Juha Vuorinen - Juoppohullun päiväkirja
    96. Kjell Westö - Missä kuljimme kerran
    97. Veijo Meri - Manillaköysi
    98. Maria Jotuni - Huojuva talo
    99. Juha Itkonen - Anna minun rakastaa enemmän
    100. Jan Guillou - Ondskan

    I guess I'll have to read the Wuthering Heights once more, since so many people have such a strong hatred of it. I read is as a teenager, so it's long ago, but I don't remember hating it. :scratch Only that the characters were really irrational. :p
     
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  6. Ealandrelle Melyma

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    My list is in the spoiler bit - 46 out of 100. Not bad. If it'd been a more recent list I'd have gained another couple for the later Harry Potter books :rofl

    Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
    Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
    The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
    David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
    Watership Down - Richard Adams
    The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
    Animal Farm - George Orwell
    A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
    The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher
    Of Mice And Men - John Steinbeck
    Swallows And Amazons - Arthur Ransome
    The Magic Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton
    A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
    Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
    Lord Of The Flies - William Golding
    Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
    Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
    The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
    His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
    Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
    Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
    Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone - JK Rowling
    Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets - JK Rowling
    Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban - JK Rowling
    The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
    The Story Of Tracy Beaker - Jacqueline Wilson
    Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
    Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
    Dune - Frank Herbert
    The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
    The BFG - Roald Dahl
    Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
    Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
    Mort - Terry Pratchett
    Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    Matilda - Roald Dahl
    The Twits - Roald Dahl
    Magician - Raymond E Feist
    The Colour Of Magic - Terry Pratchett

    Some of them I found a bit weird - like counting "His Dark Materials" as one book, when it's 3? Same with LOTR I suppose. I only managed "The Northern Lights" and was thoroughly bored, so never read the other two. So perhaps I'm more like 44 and a third ;)

    As I recall, Jacqueline Wilson had a massive surge in popularity in the late 1990s. So I suppose it stands to reason that, depending on the age of those surveyed, quite a few people would have a soft spot for her books :)

    Looking at that list (and every time I see a list like this), I become aware of all the "classics" and "modern classics" I've yet to read. Or re-read - some of them I only read once, and it was under duress (for school). Somehow though, I can't quite sum up the energy. Not when I could re-read WoT again :rofl
     
  7. Izanagi Asklepios

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    Thanks Kerna and Taika! I'll have to re-organise my Goodreads to-read list.

    A lot of the books on Keskisuomalainen's list I should have read in high school ... but I most definitely was not mature enough back then. :p
     
  8. Agwenia Al'Sehrar

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    Only 17 - I'm so ashamed of myself BUT I have like 80 of the books either on my shelf or on my kindle waiting.. That counts for something surely
     
  9. Laurelin Allendra

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    I've read 31, and have read parts of or attempted an additional 8. Many of the traditional "older" classics were for school, but Roald Dahl and JK Rowling sure did me some favors! :p

    1 . The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
    2 . Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

    3 . His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
    4 . The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    5 . Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling
    6 . To Kill a Mockingbird - 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 Brontë

    11 . Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
    12 . Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
    13 . Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
    14 . Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
    15 . The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
    16 . The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth 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 The Prisoner Of Azkaban - JK Rowling
    25 . The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

    26 . Tess Of The D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
    27 . Middlemarch - George Eliot
    28 . A Prayer For Owen Meany - John Irving
    29 . The Grapes Of Wrath - John Steinbeck
    30 . Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

    31 . The Story Of Tracy Beaker - Jacqueline Wilson
    32 . One Hundred Years Of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
    33 . The Pillars Of The Earth - Ken Follett
    34 . David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
    35 . Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
    36 . Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
    37 . A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
    38 . Persuasion - Jane Austen
    39 . Dune - Frank Herbert
    40 . Emma - Jane Austen
    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
    45 . Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
    46 . Animal Farm - George Orwell
    47 . A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
    48 . Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
    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 - Anna Sewell
    59 . Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

    60 . Crime And Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    61 . Noughts And Crosses - Malorie Blackman
    62 . Memoirs Of A Geisha - Arthur Golden
    63 . A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
    64 . The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCollough
    65 . Mort - Terry Pratchett
    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
    71 . Perfume - Patrick Süskind
    72 . The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Robert Tressell
    73 . Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
    74 . Matilda - Roald Dahl
    75 . Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
    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
    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 Angel - Jacqueline Wilson
    87 . Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    88 . Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
    89 . Magician - Raymond E Feist
    90 . On The Road - Jack Kerouac
    91 . The Godfather - Mario Puzo
    92 . The Clan Of The Cave Bear - Jean M Auel
    93 . The Colour Of Magic - Terry Pratchett
    94 . The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
    95 . Katherine - Anya Seton
    96 . Kane And Abel - Jeffrey Archer
    97 . Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel García Márquez
    98 . Girls In Love - Jacqueline Wilson
    99 . The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
    100 . Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
     
  10. Laniaden Ailoy

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    There are 63 books on this list that I have not read! goodness! I shall add them to my list.
     
  11. Brandegoris Al'Mor

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    :) I am very tempted to lie and say ive read more of them! hahah I have STARTED a LOT of these but sadly lost interest!!! HAHAH If i am being COMPLETELY honest about the ones on this list that i have FULLY COMPLETED than the asnwer is ............ 5/100
    hahahahahhahahha ...well i dont care for the classics much LOL If there was the top 100 FANTASY novels im SURE i would do much better! :p