100 Novels Checklist

Below you will find the BBC’s 100 novels that shaped our world…

I love this list and I plan (hope??) to complete this list before I am 30 – I will be updating this list as I finish each book.  You can find the BBC’s original post here.

Anything crossed out has been read.

Time to dust off the library card…

Identity 

  1. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  2. Days Without End – Sebastian Barry
  3. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
  4. Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
  6. Small Island – Andrea Levy
  7. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  8. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  9. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  10. White Teeth – Zadie Smith

Love, Sex & Romance

  1. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding   A Fantastic read – it had me laughing out-loud! And the movie version was everything I needed it to be plus more. 8/10
  2. Forever – Judy Blume
  3. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
  4. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  5. Riders – Jilly Cooper
  6. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  7. The Far Pavilions – M. M. Kaye
  8. The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
  9. The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
  10. The Slaves of Solitude – Patrick Hamilton

Adventure

  1. City of Bohane – Kevin Barry
  2. Eye of the Needle – Ken Follett
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
  4. His Dark Materials Trilogy – Philip Pullman
  5. Ivanhoe – Walter Scott
  6. Mr Standfast – John Buchan
  7. The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
  8. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins These books gripped me from the start as I am a fan of anything dystopian and what I loved about these books is that I can imagine it happening. The movies were also VERY good! Jennifer Laurence is fantastic. 9/10
  9. The Jack Aubrey Novels – Patrick O’Brian
  10. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien

Life, Death & Other Worlds

  1. A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin Just read them (I’m still impatiently waiting for the final books to drop) 10/10 
  2. Astonishing the Gods – Ben Okri
  3. Dune – Frank Herbert
  4. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  5. Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis I read these when I was a child and I could probably read them as an adult and still experience the same level of magic. Timeless 8/10 
  7. The Discworld Series – Terry Pratchett
  8. The Earthsea Trilogy – Ursula K. Le Guin
  9. The Sandman Series – Neil Gaiman
  10. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Politics, Power & Protest

  1. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
  2. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  3. Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  4. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  5. Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman
  6. Strumpet City – James Plunkett
  7. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  9. V for Vendetta – Alan Moore
  10. Unless – Carol Shields

Class & Society

  1. A House for Mr Biswas – V. S. Naipaul
  2. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  3. Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
  4. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  5. Poor Cow – Nell Dunn
  6. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe
  7. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne – Brian Moore
  8. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  9. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys

Coming of Age

  1. Emily of New Moon – L. M. Montgomery
  2. Golden Child – Claire Adam
  3. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  4. So Long, See You Tomorrow – William Maxwell
  5. Swami and Friends – R. K. Narayan
  6. The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien
  7. The Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling This series shaped the childhood of most children across the world and I am one of them. I actually have two versions of these books one for show and one to read (plus a kindle version). It is my favourite series to dip in and out of dependent on my mood. 9/10
  8. The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton
  9. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ – Sue Townsend
  10. The Twilight Saga – Stephenie Meyer I jumped on this bandwagon and I was team neither… 6/10

Family & Friendship

  1. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
  2. Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild
  3. Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
  4. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
  5. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
  6. Middlemarch – George Eliot
  7. Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin
  8. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
  9. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
  10. The Witches – Roald Dahl 10 year old me was sh*t-scared of everyone over the age of 60 I passed in the street for a solid year. 8/10

Crime & Conflict

  1. American Tabloid – James Ellroy
  2. American War – Omar El Akkad
  3. Ice Candy Man – Bapsi Sidhwa
  4. Rebecca -Daphne du Maurier
  5. Regeneration – Pat Barker
  6. The Children of Men – P.D. James
  7. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
  9. The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
  10. The Quiet American – Graham Greene

Rule Breakers

  1. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  2. Bartleby, the Scrivener – Herman Melville
  3. Habibi – Craig Thompson
  4. How to be Both – Ali Smith
  5. Orlando – Virginia Woolf
  6. Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
  7. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
  8. Psmith, Journalist – P. G. Wodehouse
  9. The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
  10. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – Audre Lorde

Last update: 11/11/2019

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