The Challenge is Extended

Back in 2011, World Book Night announced the results of their survey to find the nation’s top 100 books. Fairly quickly, a number of Twitter folk (possibly people without full time jobs, or who don’t run a couple of blogs already, or who are much quicker readers than I am) mentioned that they had set themselves a goal to read all 100 books by the next World Book Night, in April 2012. Anyway, one thing led to another, I got all caught up in the excitement, and the great books, and the fact that I hate to think anyone else can do something I can’t do, and I found myself pledging to complete the list. It’s taking a lot longer than expected (18 months and counting) but  I’m sticking with the task!

Here’s the full list of books, and you can scroll through the following posts to see reviews of ones I’ve read so far.

1    To Kill a Mockingbird    Harper Lee
2    Pride and Prejudice    Jane Austen
3    The Book Thief    Markus Zusak
4    Jane Eyre    Charlotte Bronte
5    The Time Traveler’s Wife    Audrey Niffenegger
6    The Lord of the Rings    J. R. R. Tolkien started 13.11.2012 finished 12.12.2012
7    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy    Douglas Adams started 17.12.2011 finished 18.12.2011
8    Wuthering Heights    Emily Bronte started 28.02.2013 finished 06.03.2013
9    Rebecca    Daphne Du Maurier started 02.07.2012 finished 03.07.2012
10    The Kite Runner    Khaled Hosseini started 17.08.2012 finished 24.08.2012
11    American Gods    Neil Gaiman started 25.08.2012 finished 09.09.2012
12    A Thousand Splendid Suns    Khaled Hosseini started 11.07.2012 finished 15.07.2012
13    Harry Potter Adult Hardback Boxed Set    J. K. Rowling started 20.01.2013 finished 27.02.2013
14    The Shadow of the Wind    Carlos Ruiz Zafon started 27.02.2012 finished 02.03.2012
15    The Hobbit    J. R. R. Tolkien started 30.10.2011 finished 06.11.2011
16    One Day    David Nicholls started 26.11.2011 finished 27.11.2011
17    Birdsong    Sebastian Faulks started 30.05.2012 finished 06.06.2012
18    The Help    Kathryn Stockett started 01.04.2012 finished 05.04.2012
19    Nineteen Eighty-Four    George Orwell started 28.12.2011 finished 03.01.2012
20    Good Omens    Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
21    The Notebook    Nicholas Sparks started 05.03.2012 finished 06.03.2012
22    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo    Stieg Larsson started 12.10.2011 finished 17.10.2011
23    The Handmaid’s Tale    Margaret Atwood started 03.01.2012 finished 07.01.2012
24    The Great Gatsby    F. Scott Fitzgerald started 23.09.2011 finished 25.09.2011 
25    Little Women    Louisa M. Alcott started 08.01.2012 finished 13.01.2012
26    Memoirs of a Geisha    Arthur Golden started 24.04.2012 finished 28.04.2012
27    The Lovely Bones    Alice Sebold started 05.04.2012 finished 08.04.2012
28    Atonement    Ian McEwan started 19.12.2011 finished 27.12.2011
29    Room    Emma Donoghue started 17.03.2012 finished 18.03.2012
30    Catch-22    Joseph Heller
31    We Need to Talk About Kevin   Lionel Shriver started 11.03.2012 finished 12.03.2012 
32    His Dark Materials    Philip Pullman started 28.04.2012 finished 02.05.2012
33    Captain Corelli’s Mandolin    Louis De Bernieres
34    The Island    Victoria Hislop started 09.08.2012 finished 16.08.2012
35    Neverwhere    Neil Gaiman started 18.03.2012 finished 22.03.2012
36    The Poisonwood Bible    Barbara Kingsolver started 15.07.2012 finished 19.07.2012
37    The Catcher in the Rye    J. D. Salinger started 17.09.2011 finished 17.09.2011
38    Chocolat    Joanne Harris started 25.09.20011 finished 27.09.2011
39    Never Let Me Go    Kazuo Ishiguro started 27.03.2012 finished 29.03.2012
40    The Five People You Meet in Heaven    Mitch Albom started 22.10.2011 finished 23.10.2011
41    One Hundred Years of Solitude    Gabriel Garcia Marquez started 07.06.2012 finished 21.06.2012
42    Animal Farm    George Orwell started 26.03.2012 finished 27.03.2012
43    The Pillars of the Earth    Ken Follett
44    The Eyre Affair    Jasper Fforde started 26.10.2011 finished 30.10.2011
45    Tess of the D’Urbervilles    Thomas Hardy started 27.11.2011 finished 05.12.2011
46    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory    Roald Dahl
47    I Capture the Castle    Dodie Smith started 21.04.2012 finished 24.04.2012
48    The Wasp Factory    Iain Banks started 15.01.2012 finished 20.01.2012
49    Life of Pi    Yann Martel started 20.10.2011 finished 22.10.2011
50    The Road    Cormac McCarthy started 04.02.2012 finished 05.02.2012
51    Great Expectations    Charles Dickens started 02.05.2012 finished 24.05.2012
52    Dracula    Bram Stoker started 29.09.2011 finished 05.10.2011 
53    The Secret History    Donna Tartt started 19.07.2012 finished 22.07.2012
54    Small Island    Andrea Levy started 22.06.2012 finished 02.07.2012
55    The Secret Garden    Frances Hodgson Burnett 06.11.2011 to 13.11.2011
56    Lord of the Flies    William Golding started 24.02.2012 finished 25.02.2012
57    Persuasion    Jane Austen started 02.03.2012 finished 05.03.2012
58    A Prayer for Owen Meany    John Irving started 17.10.2011 finished 20.10.2011
59    Notes from a Small Island    Bill Bryson started 28.09.2011 finished 29.09.2011
60    Watership Down    Richard Adams started 10.09.2012 finished 17.09.2012
61    Night Watch    Terry Pratchett started 24.05.2012 finished 30.05.2012
62    Brave New World    Aldous Huxley started 05.10.2011 finished 09.10.2011
63    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time    Mark Haddon started 20.01.2012 finished 21.01.2012
64    Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell    Susanna Clarke
65    The Color Purple    Alice Walker started 26.02.2012 finished 27.02.2012
66    My Sister’s Keeper    Jodi Picoult started 23.10.2011 finished 26.10.2011
67    The Stand    Stephen King started 06.10.2012 finished 17.10.2012
68    Cloud Atlas    David Mitchell started 13.11.2011 to 22.11.2011
69    The Master and Margarita    Mikhail Bulgakov started 29.10.2012 finished 13.11.2012
70    Anna Karenina    Leo Tolstoy started 22.03.2012 finished 25.03.2012
71    Cold Comfort Farm    Stella Gibbons started 05.02.2012 finished 07.02.2012
72    Frankenstein    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley started 06.03.2012 finished 11.03.2012
73    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society    Mary Ann Shaffer started 09.10.2011 finished 12.10.2011
74    The Picture of Dorian Gray    Oscar Wilde started 21.02.2012 finished 16.01.2012
75    Gone with the Wind    Margaret Mitchell started 08.02.2012 finished 24.02.2012
76    The Graveyard Book    Neil Gaiman
77    The Woman in White    Wilkie Collins
78    The Princess Bride    William Goldman
79    A Suitable Boy    Vikram Seth
80    Perfume    Patrick Suskind started 13.03.2012 finished 17.03.2012
81    The Count of Monte Cristo    Alexandre Dumas
82    The God of Small Things    Arundhati Roy started 14.04.2012 finished 21.04.2012
83    Middlemarch    George Eliot
84    Dune    Frank Herbert
85    Wolf Hall    Hilary Mantel started 22.07.2012 finished 09.08.2012
86    Stardust    Neil Gaiman started 29.03.2012 finished 30.03.2012
87    Lolita    Vladimir Nabokov
88    Midnight’s Children    Salman Rushdie started 12.12.2012 finished 20.01.2013
89    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone    J. K. Rowling started 25.03.2012 finished 26.03.2012
90    Shantaram    Gregory David Roberts started 23.09.2012 finished 05.10.2012
91    The Remains of the Day    Kazuo Ishiguro started 25.02.2012 finished 26.02.2012
92    Possession: A Romance    A. S. Byatt started 17.09.2012 finished 29.10.2012
93    Tales of the City    Armistead Maupin started 08.04.2012 finished 09.04.2012
94    Kafka on the Shore    Haruki Murakami started 27.01.2012 finished 03.02.2012
95    The Magus    John Fowles
96    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas    John Boyne started 22.11.2011 finished 25.11.2011
97    A Fine Balance    Rohinton Mistry started 20.09.2012 finished 23.09.2012
98    Alias Grace    Margaret Atwood started 04.07.2012 finished 11.07.2012
99    Norwegian Wood    Haruki Murakami
100    The Wind-up Bird Chronicle    Haruki Murakami started 18.09.2011 finished 23.09.2011

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