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200 Superb Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once

We all have few books we especially love and cherish. We keep coming back to them for comfort and wisdom. But every once in a while, it’s nice to branch out and try adding some new tomes to your collection.

Look no further. Bright Side has brought you a list of 200 of the most extraordinary books, put together by the BBC. Ready, set, read!

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Atonement by Ian McEwan

Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
The Beach by Alex Garland
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
The BFG or Big Friendly Giant by Roald Dahl
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
The Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
The Dare Game by Jacqueline Wilson
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Dune by Frank Herbert
Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson

East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Emma by Jane Austen

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews
The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
Girls in Tears by Jacqueline Wilson
Girls Out Late by Jacqueline Wilson
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Goodnight, Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
Goosebumps by R. L. Stine
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Green Mile by Stephen King
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
It by Stephen King

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
Katherine by Anya Seton
Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Clive Staples Lewis
The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Magician by Raymond E Feist
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
The Magus by John Fowles
Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Mort by Terry Pratchett

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Papillon by Henri Charriere
Perfume by Patrick Süskind
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Possession by A.S. Byatt
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
River God by Wilbur Smith

Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
Shogun by James Clavell
Silas Marner by George Eliot
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz
Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
The Stand by Stephen King
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson
Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
They Used to Play on Grass by Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCollough
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Truth by Terry Pratchett
The Twits by Roald Dahl

Ulysses by James Joyce
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Winnie the Pooh by Alan Alexander Milne
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
1984 by George Orwell

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