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BBC Book List

100 Books

I don't usually do these kinds of things, but I am completely surprised that the BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. So. Looks like I've read 55 of these.


• Bold those books you've read in their entirety.

• Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt.


1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

34 Emma - Jane Austen

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel

52 Dune - Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses - James Joyce

76 The Inferno - Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal - Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession - AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94 Watership Down - Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Anybody interested?


RED EGG THEATER is now accepting submissions!
We are looking for 5-15 minute plays with circus, fairy tale, or mythic themes,
to be performed in downtown Santa Cruz at the end of November.

Submissions should include a cover letter with the name of the author,
casting information, and any special technical needs the play


Please send submissions to : redeggtheater@gmail.com

For more information about Red Egg Theater please visit


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Update and Re-Post

Long time no post. Things are going well on my end, although I'm just about to drop into the madness that is tech week so if I don't see you on the other side, know that I always meant to pay you back that $15 I owed you for the group purchase that we made for that guy that one time. Really.

I always get a pang right about this time of year because I remember that I have to send out a million resumes or else I will be living in my car and eating beans out of a can come October. Filling up the period between when Shakespeare Santa Cruz closes and when the audition tour starts up again is always a hustle, but I have promised myself that I will not go back to working retail again unless I am desperate. It's soul crushing, no joke.

Luckily, it looks like I will be working straight through the end of August and going immediately from show to show every month (with the exception of December), and I may even be able to work a day job or do another show between October and the end of November (I'm only working rehearsing nights most days). And shocker of shockers - I'm getting paid for all of it. Maybe not much, but getting paid nonetheless.

So that's about where I'm at - I'm trying to avoid the 3 week slump, when you're just about to go into tech week and your patience for bullshit is wearing thin. So far I'm succeeding. Remembering to eat helps with that, I've found.

On a completely different note, I read this funny post today at Dooce.com titled La Vie En Janice and it cracked me up - I couldn't immediately think of a Janice in my life, but I'm sure most of us know one.

Ta for now...

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  • 09:58 Woke up with "Black Hole Sun" stuck in my head. Hm. #
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  • 00:06 @allisonplus Did I know this about you? (!fb) #
  • 00:09 Today I said halfpenny instead of ha'penny in rehearsal, Bad Shakesnerd! + called someone by the wrong name tho, so maybe I just need sleep. #
  • 12:19 I love it when my doctor and my pharmacy miscommunicate. It makes me feel so important and loved. (sarcgasm over) #
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  • 17:39 "Nirvana" by Charles Bukowski read by Tom Waits bit.ly/b3HygG #
  • 18:58 This is to make up for the super deep Bukowski poem I just posted. @paulapoundstone talks Twilight: bit.ly/bH24D8 #
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  • 17:39 My iPhone was stolen while I was in a Supershuttle yesterday. If you're trying to get a hold of me I'm sorry. Getting a new phone tomorrow. #

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  • 12:24 Landed in LA. Somewhere between the air travel, the 10 bug bites, and all the Tokyo walking, my feet have swollen to twice their size. #

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