Top 21 Books List by BBC

In 2003 the BBC broadcasted a series called “The Big Read” where viewers voted for the 100 greatest books of all time. Most of the books sound familiar as many of them seem to be required reading in school or have had successful movies based off of them. The top 21 contains many famous and award-winning books. Thanks to the UK’s Royal National Institute for the Blind and National Library for the Blind, this top 21 list can all be found in Braille or audio book.
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

I have personally read 12 of these books. Even though the list and the votes were determined in the UK, the books in the top 21 represent some of the greatest literary works in history. Over time, books have been the advocates of social change and often the explanations of societal behavior. Many of these books, even though fiction, can give us a excellent idea of what life was like during the times in which they were written. How many have you read?


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