100 Best Loved Novels

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  1. Deacon

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    The BBC had readers nominate their favorite books and listed the top 100.

    How many have you read?
    What is your favorite?


    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

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    6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
    9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
    12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
    17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
    18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
    30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
    36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
    47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
    52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
    54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
    63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough


    These are the ones I have read, but I have seen more my movie.
     
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    1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
    2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
    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
    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
    20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
    21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
    25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
    29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
    30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
    41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
    46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
    47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
    51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
    52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
    54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
    58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
    60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough

    I think, some may have been forgotten. Most a while back, I read the ones by Dostoyevsky fairly recently.
     
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    4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
    7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
    8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
    16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
    17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
    30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
    36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
    39. Dune, Frank Herbert
    42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
    46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
    47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
    51. The Secret Garden
    57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
    70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
    77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
    82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
    87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons

    Some I read many years ago. Difficult to choose a favourite, but I think it would be "Great Expectations".
     
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    1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
    2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    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
    12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
    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
    20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
    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
    34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
    36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
    38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
    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
    46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
    47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
    52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
    54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
    58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
    60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
    63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
    77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
    79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
    87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
    91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
    92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel


    The book that turned me on to reading was "The Wizard of Oz." .... long time ago.

     
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    My mother read "The Wizard of Oz" to me as a kid; it turned me oun to reading too!

    My list of reading for the coming year will come from this list:

    3 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
    4 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
    66 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
    67. The Magus, John Fowles
    100 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie

    Some day I’m going to have to read a Jane Austin book…but not this year.

    I've read:

    1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
    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
    11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
    15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
    16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
    17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
    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
    29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
    30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
    35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
    36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    39. Dune, Frank Herbert
    42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
    43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
    44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
    46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
    47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
    52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
    53. The Stand, Stephen King
    54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
    56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
    58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
    64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
    70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
    74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
    83. Holes, Louis Sachar
    87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
    96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer

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    1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
    2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    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
    12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
    14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
    16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
    17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
    18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    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
    29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
    30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
    35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
    36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
    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
    46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
    47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
    52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
    53. The Stand, Stephen King
    56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
    58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
    59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
    63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
    70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
    74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
    78. Ulysses, James Joyce
    81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
    I deleted Holes by accident here.
    91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
    92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
    96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer


    There are several of the others that I started and didn't finish - Like Anna Karina and War and Peace.

    Books are the only reason I made it to adulthood sane.
     
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    1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
    6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
    9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
    16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
    17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
    18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
    25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
    29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
    30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
    36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
    43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
    44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
    47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
    58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
    63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
    70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding

    All these I have either seen in movie fashion or in the theatre or both. A bit different than what I have read.
     
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    The BBC had readers nominate their favorite books and listed the top 100.

    How many have you read?
    See below​

    What is your favorite?
    I keep returning to the Brontës, Dickens, and Hardy.

    To get away, I always reach for The Hobbit or Treasure Island.​


    1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
    2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
    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
    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
    20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
    21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
    25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
    26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
    27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
    29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
    30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
    36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
    39. Dune, Frank Herbert
    40. Emma, Jane Austen
    42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
    43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
    44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
    46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
    47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
    52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
    54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
    60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
    78. Ulysses, James Joyce
    79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
    87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
    92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel

    ...Bob
     

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