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The Most Inspiring Books For Creative Writing

By Edited Nov 1, 2016 0 2

What are the Must-Read books that will inspire you?

The BBC just released a list of must-read books called the "BBC Book Nerd Challenge". It's a fascinating and worthwhile selection. See how many you have read - they say most people have read an average of 6 out of 100 books.

Here's the full list for your review:

001 - Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
002 - The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
003 - Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
004 - Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
005 - To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
006 - The Bible
007 - Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
008 - 1984 - George Orwell
009 - His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
010 - Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
011 - Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
012 - Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
013 - Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
014 - Complete Works of Shakespeare
015 - Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
016 - The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
017 - Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
018 - Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
019 - The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
020 - Middlemarch - George Eliot
021 - Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
022 - The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
023 - Bleak House - Charles Dickens
024 - War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
025 - The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
026 - Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
027 - Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
028 - Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
029 - Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
030 - The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
031 - Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
032 - David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
033 - Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
034 - Emma - Jane Austen
035 - Persuasion - Jane Austen
036 - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
037 - The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
038 - Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
039 - Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
040 - Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
041 - Animal Farm - George Orwell
042 - The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
043 - One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
044 - A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
045 - The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
046 - Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
047 - Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
048 - The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
049 - Lord of the Flies - William Golding
050 - Atonement - Ian McEwan
051 - Life of Pi - Yann Martel
052 - Dune - Frank Herbert
053 - Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
054 - Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
055 - A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
056 - The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
057 - A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
058 - Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
059 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
060 - Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
061 - Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
062 - Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
063 - The Secret History - Donna Tartt
064 - The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
065 - Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
066 - On The Road - Jack Kerouac
067 - Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
068 - Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
069 - Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
070 - Moby Dick - Herman Melville
071 - Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
072 - Dracula - Bram Stoker
073 - The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
074 - Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
075 - Ulysses - James Joyce
076 - The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
077 - Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
078 - Germinal - Emile Zola
079 - Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
080 - Possession - AS Byatt
081 - A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
082 - Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
083 - The Color Purple - Alice Walker
084 - The Remains of the Day - Kazu Ishiguro
085 - Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
086 - A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
087 - Charlotte's Web - EB White
088 - The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
089 - Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
090 - The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
091 - Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
092 - The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
093 - The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
094 - Watership Down - Richard Adams
095 - A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
096 - A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
097 - The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
098 - Hamlet - William Shakespeare
099 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 - Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Quite a list. Have you ever stopped to consider the best rated fictional writing in modern times? You know what I'm talking about I'm sure ~ I mean the works that you ought to crossed off your reading list as essential books to have read before you die?

Surprising choices of top books to read

Frankly, I was very shocked and pleasantly surprised to see some of the books listed on the BBC Book Nerd Challenge. Suprising tomes include Bridget Jones' Diary as I see it as more of a popular bestseller than a classic piece of writing. However, I am definitely happy that Bridget Jones' Diary made the list because it is such an iconic book for the 21st century. Bridget is such a witty, complex character. She is quite a loveable young woman, honestly, despite her long list of vices, which includes chain smoking, binge-drinking and putting her foot in it at every turn.

I would also never guess that Enid Blyton's The Faraway Tree Collection would make it up there too. I mean, Enid Blyton has been much criticized these days. I'm pleased to see it up there, because I loved Enid Blyton as a child. I would put this high up on my list of best books for kids!

The modern fantasy Harry Potter series by JK Rowing made it to number 4. I hope this means that adults aspiring to become book experts will no longer feel nervous about reading it on the bus, to the extent that they feel that it is necessary to go and purchase the dull "adult" versions of the cover. I was also happy to see that my classic favorite, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, taking its rightful place. It's great to know that To Kill a Mockingbird still remains a classic after all these years, with Barack Obama as the President of America now.

Great To See To Kill A MockingBird Up There

One hint that To Kill a Mockingbird is still treasured in the hearts of kids (and grown-ups alike) is that it was featured in an episode of Hannah Montana, you know, that TV show on the Disney Channel that rocketed Miley Cyrus into teen-queenposter-girl stardom. In that particular episode of Hannah Montana, Miley's brother, who almost illiterate is forced to read To Kill A Mockingbird in order to impress his lovely girlfriend. Let me assure you, no book expert would need such a lame "reason" to dig into To Kill A Mockingbird. Sorry to all the Miley Cyrus fans for that comment! Read it and it will be worthwhile. Trust me, you will smile, laugh and cry throughout the story. So overall, not a bad list at all. I would be proud to be called a book nerd if I had read this entire list. In case you're wondering I'm up to 23 of them. Feel free to write down in the comment box below how many you have read and your opinions about the list in general!

Happy reading to ya!!

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Comments

Dec 11, 2010 7:36pm
Introspective
Good eclectic list. I have read several of these books, but my personal favorites are; Pride and Prejudice (1) Gone With The Wind (21), Anne of Green Gables(46),and A Christmas Carol (81). Also, for me, the Bible is number 1. Nice article LLL!
Dec 12, 2010 4:25am
LouisLovesLouis
You have great taste in books!!!
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