A Reading List

I compiled this reading list when I was about 16. It’s a mega-list compiled from several lists of ‘The nation’s favorite books’, ‘Books to read before you die’ etc.

I’ve marked in bold the one’s that I have read. I’m pretty strict when it comes to reading books – you have to read the book in it’s entirety for it to count, and abridged editions aren’t allowed.

If you think there are any books that really ought to be on this list, but aren’t, then please leave a comment below!

Title Author
Possession: A Romance A. S. Byatt
Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
The Beach Alex Garland
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
The Color Purple Alice Walker
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
Black Beauty Anna Sewell
Anne Frank’s Diary Anne Frank
Fugitive Pieces Anne Michaels
Stormbreaker Anthony Horowitz
The Little Prince Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Katherine Anya Seton
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
The Time Traveller’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
Notes From a Small Island Bill Bryson
Dracula Bram Stoker
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
The Power of One Bryce Courtenay
The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafron
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Bleak House Charles Dickens
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens
Cold Mountain Charles Frazier
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough
Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis
Sons and Lovers D. H. Lawrence
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
Vernon God Little DBC Pierre
Cross Stitch Diana Gabaldon
I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx
Charlotte’s Web E. B. White
Germinal Emile Zola
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
The Faraway Tree Collection Enid Blyton
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
Dune Frank Herbet
The Day of the Jackal Frederick Forsyth
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
Love in The Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Diary of a Nobody George and Weedon Grossmith
Silas Marner George Eliot
Middlemarch George Elliot
Animal Farm George Orwell
Nineteen Eighty Four George Orwell
Carter Beats the Devil Glen David Gold
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Norwegian Wood Haruki Marakami
Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding
Papillon Henri Charrière
Moby Dick Herman Melville
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks
Atonement Ian McEwan
Enduring Love Ian McEwan
The Silver Sword Ian Serraillier
Trainspotting Irvine Welsh
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
The Harry Potter Series J. K. Rowling
On the Road Jack Kerouac
The Illustrated Mum Jacqueline Wilson
The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson
Ulysses James Joyce
Emma Jane Austen
Persuasion Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M. Auel
Middlesex Jeffery Eugenides
Kane and Abel Jeffrey Archer
Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome
Heidi Johanna Spyri
The Thirty-nine Steps John Buchan
The Magus John Fowles
The Forsyte Saga John Galsworthy
A Prayer for Owen Meaney John Irving
The World According to Garp John Irving
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
East of Eden John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
The Day of the Triffids John Wyndham
The Corrections Johnathon Franzen
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder
The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters Julian Barnes
Behind the Scenes at the Museum Kate Atkinson
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Kite Runner Khaled Housseini
The Remains of the Day Kuzuo Ishiguro
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Sunset Song Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernieres
Holes Louis Sachar
Little Women Louisa M Alcott
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Far Pavilions M. M. Kaye
Noughts & Crosses Malorie Blackman
Cat’s Eye Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
The Godfather Mario Puzo
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
The Princess Diaries Meg Cabot
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake
Spies Michael Frayn
Goodnight Mister Tom Michelle Magorian
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera
The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Alborn
Good Omens Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute
The Horse Whisperer Nicholas Evans
The Cruel Sea Nicholas Monsarrat
High Fidelity Nick Hornby
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Regeneration Pat Barker
The Ghost Road Pat Barker
Master and Commander Patrick O’Brian
Perfume: The Story of a Murder Patrick Suskind
The Book of Illusions Paul Auster
The New York Trilogy Paul Auster
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
Oscar and Lucinda Peter Carey
His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
Goosebumps R. L. Stine
Magician Raymond E. Feist
Watership Down Richard Adams
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Bach
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl
Matilda Roald Dahl
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Robert Tressell
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
The Shell Seekers Rosamunde Pilcher
Kim Rudyard Kipling
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Fingersmith Sarah Waters
Birdsong Sebastian Faulks
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
It Stephen King
The Green Mile Stephen King
The Stand Stephen King
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Sue Townsend
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
The Once and Future King T. H. White
The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett
They Used to Play on Grass Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D’Urbvilles Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy
Man and Boy Tony Parsons
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco
Flowers in the Attic V. C. Andrews
Les Miserables Victor Hugo
A Suitable Boy Vikram Seth
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
The Painted Veil W Somerset Maugham
River God Wilbur Smith
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
Lord of the Flies William Golding
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
Hamlet William Shakespeare
Life of Pi Yann Martel
White Teeth Zadie Smith
The Bible