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?


Why men love…huh?

The book is called “Why Men Love Bitches.”

Don’t get the wrong impression.

The subtitle says, “From Doormat to Dreamgirl – A Woman’s Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship.”

Now for the story behind why I read this book and my opinion as to why every woman should read it.

My good friend and I exchanged Christmas gifts before my winter vacation. When I unwrapped the book, the word “Bitches” in bold red lettering struck my eyes first.

I didn’t know what to think of the book, or my friend’s intentions for that matter.

Then she explained how this is the book held closely to the hearts of many Sorority sisters. They’ve read it so many times that when someone is in relationship trouble, a sister is there to recite quotes.

It’s a relationship bible, an instructional manual for the ubiquitous ‘good girl’ who always gets her heart broken.

Well, ladies. Heartbreak no more! I read this book and I feel like a new person. Dare I give away the secrets behind each page? All I will say is read it now before your next relationship starts or your current relationship ends.

Too many times have I seen women get their hearts stomped on from men who could not care less about them.

A ‘Bitch’ according to this book is a woman who does not overcompensate for a man, who can stand up for how she should be rightfully treated and if not treated correctly, should show a man the door.

The book is filled with 100 attraction principles which are also listed in numerical order in the back. It can be overlooked that this book has several typos when the content behind the principles are secrets from the gods. Actually, as a writer I care about the typos.

If you ever read this book, dog-ear Page 20 – “attraction principle number nine.”

“Meet the new and improved bitch,” the title says.

Then write down the ten characteristics that define the new Bitch and memorize them.

I would advise every woman to read this book not because men are scoundrels and take advantage of women, but because more times than none, women do not know how to handle men. Women screw up just as much as men do.

This book teaches women the various languages of men. Men do not respond well to ‘nice girls’ as they do to Bitches. Men find the Bitch more attractive because she knows what she wants and is not a pushover.

Skip those other relationship therapy books where it’s more about the man’s fault. Put those high heels on and strut on over to your favorite bookstore, read this book and feel more confident about how to handle your self and your relationship.