100 Best Loved Novels You Should Read At Least Once

“Reading makes a full man,” said English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon and no truer words were said than these. Reading nourishes the mind and imagination. For a true book lover, there is nothing more satisfying and soothing than sitting in the corner of a room with a book in your hands.

As readers, we all have few books we particularly love and appreciate. We keep coming back to them for comfort and wisdom. But every once in a while, it’s nice to try adding some new books to your collection to broaden your literary horizon.

The BBC started the “Big Read” Survey with the goal of finding the “Nation’s Best-loved Novel” by way of a viewer vote via the Web, SMS, and telephone. The British public voted originally for any novel that they wished. From this, a list of 100 was drawn up, with the highest 21 then put forward for further voting, on the provision that only one book per author was permitted in the top 21.

Today, Epic Universe has brought you a list of 100 of the most admired books, put together by the BBC.
Check them out, we hope you’d find something interesting!

1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

7. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

13. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

14. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

15. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

16. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

17. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

18. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

20. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

21. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

22. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

23. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

25. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

26. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

27. Middlemarch by George Eliot

28. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

29. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

30. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

31. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

32. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

33. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

34. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

35. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

36. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

37. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

38. Persuasion by Jane Austen

39. Dune by Frank Herbert

40. Emma by Jane Austen

41. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

42. Watership Down by Richard Adams

43. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

44. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

45. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

46. Animal Farm by George Orwell

47. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

48. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

49. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

50. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

51. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

52. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

53. The Stand by Stephen King

54. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

55. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

56. The BFG by Roald Dahl

57. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

58. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

59. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

60. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

61. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

62. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

63. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

64. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

65. Mort by Terry Pratchett

66. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

67. The Magus by John Fowles

68. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

69. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

71. Perfume by Patrick Süskind

72. The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell

73. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

74. Matilda by Roald Dahl

75. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

76. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

77. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

78. Ulysses by James Joyce

79. Bleak House by Charles Dickens

80. Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson

81. The Twits by Roald Dahl

82. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

83. Holes by Louis Sachar

84. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake

85. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

86. Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson

87. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

88. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

89. Magician by Raymond E. Feist

90. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

91. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

92. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

93. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

94. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

95. Katherine by Anya Seton

96. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

97. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

98. Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson

99. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

100. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

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