2012 BBC Big Read

The BBC issued “The Big Read” compiling the titles of the top 100 must-read novels in 2003.  The meme reached me and I played along until I got annoyed (i.e. five lines down) and so I decided to make my own BBC* Big Read in 2010.  Here’s an updated version. Enjoy.
*baji’s book compilation

  1. Naked by David Sedaris
  2. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  3. Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell
  4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  6. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
  9. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  10. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  11. The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry
  12. Dune by Frank Herbert
  13. Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  14. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  15. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  16. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  17. Flowers for Algernon  by Daniel Keyes
  18. Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  19. The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker
  20. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  21. Watchmen by Alan Moore
  22. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
  23. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  24. Harriet, the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  25. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  26. Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman
  27. The Gunslinger (extra credit for the full Dark Tower series) by Stephen King
  28. The Stand by Stephen King
  29. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Rouse Rosenthal
  30. Into Thin Air by Jon Karkauer
  31. The Eyre Affair (extra credit for the whole Thursday Next series) by Jasper Fforde
  32. The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd
  33. The Griffin & Sabine series by Nick Bantock
  34. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Smith and Scieszka
  35. Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
  36. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare
  37. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  38. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  39. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  40. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  41. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
  42. Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy by Lindsay Moran
  43. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  44. The Devil in the White City Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  45. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
  46. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (extra credit for the full series) by J.K. Rowling
  47. Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
  48. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  49. Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers
  50. Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
  51. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  52. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  53. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
  54. Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon
  55. Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield
  56. Intern by Sandeep Jauhar
  57. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  58. 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman
  59. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  60. The Man With a Load of Mischief (extra credit for the full Richard Jury series) by Martha Grimes
  61. The Greatest of Marlys by Lynda Barry
  62. The Far Side Gallery (1, 2, 3, and pre-history) by Gary Larson
  63. Persepolis (I and II) by Marjane Satrapi
  64. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  65. Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure by Michael Chabon
  66. The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherril
  67. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
  68. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
  69. Right as Rain by George Pelecanos
  70. The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
  71. Murder Hurts (extra credit for the full Fiddler and Fiona series) by A.E. Maxwell
  72. Timeshadow Rider by Ann Maxwell
  73. Love Song for a Raven by Elizabeth Lowell
  74. The Raider by Jude Devereaux
  75. Time and Again by Nora Roberts
  76. Naked in Death (extra credit for the full In Death series) by J.D. Robb
  77. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  78. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  79. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  80. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  81. The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs
  82. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  83. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  84. Stitches by David Small
  85. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
  86. The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  87. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  88. Pure Drivel by Steve Martin
  89. Getting Even by Woody Allen
  90. Dead to the World (extra credit for the full Sookie Stackhouse series) by Charlaine Harris
  91. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  92. Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  93. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  94. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
  95. The Internet is a Playground by David Thorne
  96. The Animal Review: The Genius, Mediocrity, and Breathtaking Stupidity That Is Nature by Jacob Lentz
  97. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  98. Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis
  99. Gear for your Kitchen by Alton Brown
  100. Fray by Joss Whedon
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4 responses to “2012 BBC Big Read

  1. Woeful. Rec for you, at minimum, fry, ender\’s, mez, calvino, kavalier (magic!), and playground.

  2. what? no “reading lolita in tehran”?!?!?!

    actually, i’m a little surprised that #22 made the list, given the subsequent controversy.

  3. SHUT IT!

    well, the list was made before the controversy started and i’ll still support its inclusion here b/c i really did feel moved by the story. whether it falls under ‘fiction’ or ‘non-fiction’ doesn’t detract from the writing.

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