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BBC Big Read

Here are the Top 100 books we should all read this summer. I wish I had the time ...

BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY Helen Fielding
CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN Louis de Bernières
REBECCA Daphne du Maurier
THE LORD OF THE RINGS J R R Tolkien
DUNE Frank Herbert
THE GODFATHER Mario Puzo
NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR George Orwell
GONE WITH THE WIND Margaret Mitchell
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE J K Rowling
WATERSHIP DOWN Richard Adams
ARTEMIS FOWL Eoin Colfer
BLEAK HOUSE Charles Dickens
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Fyodor Dostoyevsky
THE WOMAN IN WHITE Wilkie Collins
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE J K Rowling
THE GREAT GATSBY F Scott Fitzgerald
TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES Thomas Hardy
GOOD OMENS Terry Pratchett
MORT Terry Pratchett
THE MAGUS John Fowles
THE ALCHEMIST Paulo Coelho
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO Alexandre Dumas
GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM Michelle Magorian
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY Douglas Adams
HOLES Louis Sachar
THE MAGIC FARAWAY TREE Enid Blyton
ON THE ROAD Jack Kerouac
THE SECRET GARDEN Frances Hodgson Burnett
SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS Arthur Ransome
TREASURE ISLAND Robert Louis Stevenson
ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND Lewis Carroll
BRAVE NEW WORLD Aldous Huxley
GORMENGHAST Mervyn Peake
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS J K Rowling
HIS DARK MATERIALS Philip Pullman
THE LION,THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE C S Lewis
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA Arthur Golden
THE COLOUR OF MAGIC Terry Pratchett
GUARDS! GUARDS! Terry Pratchett
MAGICIAN Raymond E Feist
BIRDSONG Sebastian Faulks
CATCH 22 Joseph Heller
THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS Arundhati Roy
THE GRAPES OF WRATH John Steinbeck
THE THORN BIRDS Colleen McCullough
A TALE OF TWO CITIES Charles Dickens
WAR AND PEACE Leo Tolstoy
A TOWN LIKE ALICE Nevil Shute
NIGHT WATCH Terry Pratchett
THE STAND Stephen King
ANNA KARENINA Leo Tolstoy
GIRLS IN LOVE Jacqueline Wilson
LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA Gabriel García Márquez
PERSUASION Jane Austen
THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH Ken Follett
PERFUME Patrick Suskind
WUTHERING HEIGHTS Emily Brontë
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Jane Austen
KATHERINE Anya Seton
BRIDESHEAD REVISITED Evelyn Waugh
ULYSSES James Joyce
COLD COMFORT FARM Stella Gibbons
DAVID COPPERFIELD Charles Dickens
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE Gabriel García Márquez
A SUITABLE BOY Vikram Seth
JANE EYRE Charlotte Brontë
THE SHELL SEEKERS Rosamunde Pilcher
THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER Jacqueline Wilson
THE TWITS Roald Dahl
THE PRINCESS DIARIES Meg Cabot
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Kenneth Grahame
THE BFG Roald Dahl
BLACK BEAUTY Anna Sewell
WINNIE THE POOH A A Milne
DOUBLE ACT Jacqueline Wilson
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN J K Rowling
OF MICE AND MEN John Steinbeck
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY John Irving
THE SECRET HISTORY Donna Tartt
VICKY ANGEL Jacqueline Wilson
ANIMAL FARM George Orwell
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Charles Dickens
GREAT EXPECTATIONS Charles Dickens
KANE AND ABEL Jeffrey Archer
LORD OF THE FLIES William Golding
MIDDLEMARCH George Eliot
NOUGHTS AND CROSSES Malorie Blackman
THE RAGGED TROUSERED PHILANTHROPISTS Robert Tressell
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Harper Lee
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD Thomas Hardy
MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN Salman Rushdie
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE J D Salinger
EMMA Jane Austen
THE HOBBIT J R R Tolkien
I CAPTURE THE CASTLE Dodie Smith
LITTLE WOMEN Louisa May Alcott
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES L M Montgomery
THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR J M Auel
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Roald Dahl
MATILDA Roald Dahl

Here's some questions from the website that can can have a quick chat about.

See how many of the Top 100 you’ve read between you.

• Which are the books you have no interest in reading and which are the ones you’ve always meant to get round to?

• Which have you tried to read but never finished? Can anyone else in the group convince you it’s worth soldiering on?

• Where do you read – on the train or in bed?

• Do you dip into lots of different books or work your way steadily through one at a time?

• Do you judge a book by its cover?

• Do you skip bits or plough on?

• Do you picture exactly what the characters look like or just have a sense of them?

Do you try to work out what’s going to happen or leave it to unfold?

• What voice do you hear in your head when you read?

• What do you imagine?

• And where does your mind wander?

• Do you love the feel of clean, new paperbacks or do you prefer hard covers?
Perhaps you like the reassuring scruffiness of the second-hand? Library books have
their own special qualities – like the date stamp which raises the question of who
were the other people in your district who chose to borrow this particular book.


Click here for link

You can join local reading groups, but when I clicked on the link, it said to check back later as they were still working on it, so I thought I'd generate some discussion in here.
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