The BBC Must Read Book List: 2017 Status of My Quest

As mentioned in an older post (My Quest To Slay The BBC Must Read Book List) below contains the list of the books I’m reading.

When I first started the quest in 2010, I had read sixteen from the list. I’ve currently read ninety-three with only seven books left! Of those, I read thirteen this year.

The ones bolded are the ones I have left to read. My goal is to have the whole list finished by the end of 2018. Wish me luck!

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  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen [READ – Original 16]
  2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (3/3) [READ – 2013]
    1. The Fellowship of the Ring
    2. The Two Towers
    3. The Return of the King
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte [READ – 2011]
  4. Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling (7/7) [READ – Original 16]
    1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
    7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee [READ – 2012]
  6. The Bible (I went to Catholic school so it counts) [READ – Original 16]
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte [READ – 2013]
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell [READ – 2012]
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (3/3) [READ – 2013]
    1. The Golden Compass
    2. The Subtle Knife
    3. The Amber Spyglass
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens [READ – 2013]
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott [READ – 2012]
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy [READ – 2015]
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller [READ – 2013]
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare [READ – Original 16]
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier [READ – Original 16]
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien [READ – 2013]
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger [READ – 2013]
  19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger [READ – Original 16]
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot [READ – 2015]
  21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell [READ – Original 16]
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald [READ – 2012]
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens [READ – 2016]
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy [READ – 2017]
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams [READ – 2010]
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh [READ – 2012]
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky [READ – 2015]
  28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck [READ – 2016]
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll [READ – 2011]
  30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame [READ – 2014]
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy [READ – 2016]
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens [READ – 2015]
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis (7/7) [READ – 2013]
    1. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
    2. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
    3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    4. The Silver Chair
    5. The Horse and His Boy
    6. The Magician’s Nephew
    7. The Last Battle
  34. Emma – Jane Austen [READ – 2014]
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen [READ – Original 16]
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis [READ – Original 16]
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini [READ – 2013]
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden [READ – 2010]
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne [READ – 2012]
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell [READ – 2012]
  42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez [READ – 2017]
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving [READ – 2017]
  45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins [READ – 2015]
  46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery [READ – 2012]
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy [READ – 2013]
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood [READ – 2013]
  49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  50. Atonement – Ian McEwan [READ – 2013]
  51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel [READ – 2013]
  52. Dune – Frank Herbert [READ – 2016]
  53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons [READ – 2017]
  54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen [READ – Original 16]
  55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth [READ – 2017]
  56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon [READ – 2016]
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens [READ – 2017]
  58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley [READ – 2014]
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon [READ – 2013]
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez [READ – 2015]
  61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck [READ – 2012]
  62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov [READ – 2013]
  63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt [READ – 2017]
  64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold [READ – 2015]
  65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas [READ – 2014]
  66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac [READ – 2016]
  67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy [READ – 2014]
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding [READ – Original 16]
  69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville [READ – 2016]
  71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens [READ – 2017]
  72. Dracula – Bram Stoker [READ – Original 16]
  73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett [READ – 2012]
  74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson [READ – 2014]
  75. Ulysses – James Joyce [READ – 2016]
  76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath [READ – Original 16]
  77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome [READ – 2013]
  78. Germinal – Emile Zola [READ – 2016]
  79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray [READ – 2017]
  80. Possession – AS Byatt [READ – 2017]
  81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens [READ – 2012]
  82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel [READ – 2013]
  83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker [READ – 2012]
  84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro [READ – 2014]
  85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert [READ – 2016]
  86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry [READ – 2016]
  87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White [READ – Original 16]
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom [READ – 2015]
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [READ – 2015]
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
  91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad [READ – 2017]
  92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery [READ – Original 16]
  93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  94. Watership Down – Richard Adams [READ – 2013]
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole [READ – 2015]
  96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute [READ – 2017]
  97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas [READ – 2016]
  98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare [READ – Original 16]
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl [READ – 2012]
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo [READ – 2017]

How many have you read? Let us know in the comments section!

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3 comments

  1. That is a lot of books to read. I love reading the classics, mysteries, and fantasies. I have read six classics so far, which are Les Misérables, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Don Quixote, Great Expectations, Tale of Two Cities, and Oliver Twist. I am currently reading A Christmas Carol. Next summer, I will start reading Nicholas Nickleby and because I will be graduated from college, I will set a later deadline to finish it. The next classic after that lined up is David Copperfield. But after that have about seven other classics

    1. David Copperfield is my favorite Dickens. I laughed a lot and loved the characters. Excellent next choice! How was Don Quixote? I still need to read that.

    2. I loved Don Quixote, but some parts are really difficult such as when a character would tell this really long story, which can detract from the plot because it feels a while till the plot continues. But it is a wonderful book, but also hard to read because it was written in the 1600s

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