The BBC Must Read Book List: Quest Completed!

As mentioned in an older post (My Quest To Slay The BBC Must Read Book List) below contains the list of the books I have read. While the list is in order, I do list my favorites and least favorites at the bottom.

When I first started the quest in 2010, I had read sixteen from the list. My goal was to have the whole list finished by the end of 2019. I missed my goal, but I blame 2020.

The List (in order):

  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 [Read 2018]
  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 [READ – 2019]
  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 [READ – 2018]
  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 [READ – 2018]
  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 [READ – 2018]
  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 [READ – 2021]
    1. The Enchanted Wood
    2. The Magic Faraway Tree
    3. The Folk of the Faraway Tree
    4. Up the Faraway Tree
  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 [READ 2021]
  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]

My Top 15

  1. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  2. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  3. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  4. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  5. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  6. Persuasion – Jane Austen
  7. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  8. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  9. Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling
  10. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
  11. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
  12. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  13. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  14. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  15. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

My Bottom 10

  1. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  2. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  3. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  4. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  6. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  7. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  8. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  9. Ulysses – James Joyce
  10. Germinal – Emile Zola

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

4 thoughts on “The BBC Must Read Book List: Quest Completed!

  1. Wendy L Rolph says:

    Congratulations! Very Impressive! To be able to achieve such a worthwhile goal deserves a lot of praise.♥️

  2. Dear Old Dad says:

    Your link to each book made the list interesting and understandable.
    I noted a couple of ‘old friends’ listed.

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