The Big Read Challenge (5 Countries, 5 Lists)


Every once in a while I come across a random reading challenge or list that I find interesting. That is what happened here. Though it took place in 2003, I didn't hear about The BBC's The Big Read until late 2019. Similar to PBS's The Great American Read in the United States, This list was the most popular reads in the UK and sought to discover, via votes from the public, which book topped the list. Spoiler: The ultimate winner was J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

This type of show also took place in Australia, Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Latvia around the same time. I was unable to find the Latvian list, but the lists for the other five countries are shown below. 

I'll be tracking my personal progress in completing the books on these lists as I have done with The Great American Read and other similar "must read" lists.


BBC's The Big Read

The Big Read Progress
46 / 200 Books





  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
  101. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
  102. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
  103. The Beach by Alex Garland
  104. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  105. Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz
  106. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
  107. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  108. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  109. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  110. The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
  111. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  112. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend
  113. The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
  114. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  115. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  116. The Dare Game by Jacqueline Wilson
  117. Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
  118. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  119. Shōgun by James Clavell
  120. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  121. Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
  122. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  123. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
  124. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  125. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  126. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
  127. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  128. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  129. Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
  130. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  131. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  132. Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  133. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  134. George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
  135. Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
  136. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  137. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
  138. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
  139. Girls in Tears by Jacqueline Wilson
  140. Sleepovers by Jacqueline Wilson
  141. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  142. Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
  143. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  144. It by Stephen King
  145. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  146. The Green Mile by Stephen King
  147. Papillon by Henri Charrière
  148. Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett
  149. Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
  150. Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz
  151. Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
  152. Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
  153. The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
  154. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  155. Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson
  156. The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  157. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  158. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  159. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  160. Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
  161. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  162. River God by Wilbur Smith
  163. Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  164. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
  165. The World According to Garp by John Irving
  166. Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
  167. Girls Out Late by Jacqueline Wilson
  168. The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
  169. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  170. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
  171. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  172. They Used to Play on Grass by Terry Venables and Gordon Williams
  173. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  174. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  175. Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
  176. Dustbin Baby by Jacqueline Wilson
  177. Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
  178. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  179. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
  180. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  181. The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson
  182. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  183. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  184. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  185. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  186. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
  187. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  188. Goosebumps by R. L. Stine
  189. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  190. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  191. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  192. Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
  193. The Truth by Terry Pratchett
  194. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  195. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
  196. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  197. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
  198. The Once and Future King by T. H. White
  199. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  200. Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews



Australia's My Favorite Book (2004)

The original list was meant to be 100 books, but during the votes, there wound up being a few ties. Thus, the final list contains 103 books.

My Favorite Book Progress
38 / 103 Books



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

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

3. The Bible

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

5. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

6. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

7. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

8. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

9a. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

9b. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

10. A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey

11. Dirt Music by Tim Winton

12. 800 Horsemen by Col Stringer

13. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

14. Zhaun Falun by Li Hongzhi

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

16. Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space by Dav Pilkey

17. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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

19. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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

21. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

22. Magician by Raymond E. Feist

23. Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt

24. Dune by Frank Herbert

25. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

26. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

27. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

28. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

29. 'Fighting' McKenzie Anzac Chaplain by Col Stringer

30. Deltora Quest Series by Emily Rodda

31. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

32. Perfume: The Story of a Murder by Patrick Suskind

33. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

34. The Ancient Future Trilogyby Traci Harding

35. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

36a. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

36b. The Power of One by Bryce Courenay

37. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

39. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

40. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

41. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

42. Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon

43. Persuasion by Jane Austen

44. Ice Station by Matthew Reilly

45. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

46. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

47. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

48. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

49. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

50. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

51. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

52. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

53. Rage by Steve Gerlach

54. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

55. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer-Bradley

56. Cafe Scheherazade by Arnold Zable

57. The Bone People by Keri Hulme

58. Jessica by Bryce Courtenay

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

60. The Fortunes of Richard Mahony by Henry Handel Richardson

61. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

62. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

63. Wild Swans by Jung Chang

64. Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin

65. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

66. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

67. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

68. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

69. The Riders by Tim Winton

70. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

71. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

72. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

73. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

74. Middlemarch by George Eliot

75. Emma by Jane Austen

76. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

77. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

78. Matilda by Roald Dahl

79. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

80. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

81. The BFG by Roald Dahl

82. Animal Farm by George Orwell

83. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

84. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

85. Boyz Rule by Felice Arena and Phil Kettle

86. Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly

87. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

88. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

89. Watership Down by Richard Adams

90. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

91. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

92. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

93. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

94. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

95. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

96. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

97. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

98. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

99. The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

100a. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

100b. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens



Germany's The Big Read (2004)

German The Big Read Progress
18 / 100 Books



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

2. The Bible

3. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

4. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

6. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann

7. The Medicus by Noah Gordon

8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

10. The Pope by Donna W. Cross

11. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

12. Fire and Stone by Diana Gabaldon

13. The Haunted House by Isabel Allende

14. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

15. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

16. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

17. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

18. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

19. Illuminati (Angels & Demons) by Dan Brown

20. Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane

21. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

22. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

23. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

24. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

25. The Discovery of the Sky by Harry Mulisch

26. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

27. Das verborgene Wort by Ulla Hahn (not currently available in English)

28. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

29. Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse

30. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

31. The German Lesson by Siegfried Lenz

32. Embers by Sandor Marai

33. Homo Faber by Max Frisch

34. The Discovery of Slowness by Sten Nadolny

35. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

36. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

37. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

38. Sofie's World by Jostein Gaarder

39. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

40. The Wall by Marlen Haushofer

41. The Cider House Rules by John Irving

42. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

43. The Stechlin by Theodor Fontane

44. The Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

45. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

46. Joseph and His Brothers by Thomas Mann

47. Der Laden by Erwin Strittmatter (not available in English)

48. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass

49. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

50. The Swarm by Frank Schatzing

51. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

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

53. Momo by Michael Ende

54. Anniversaries by Uwe Johnson

55. Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan

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

57. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

58. The Satanic Mill by Otfried Preußler

59. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

60. Desert Flower by Waris Dirie

61. Follow Your Heart by Susanna Tamaro

62. Hanna's Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson

63. One Step Behind by Henning Mankell

64. The Return of the Dancing Master by Henning Mankell

65. The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving

66. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

67. The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse

68. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

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

70. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

71. Salt on Our Skin by Benoite Groult

72. Jauche und Levkojen by Christine Bruckner (not available in English)

73. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

74. The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann

75. What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt

76. The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers

77. The Traitor's Son by Rebecca Gable

78. Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur'an by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

79. Winnetou by Karl May

80. Desiree by Annemarie Selinko

81. Nowhere in Africa by Stephanie Zweig

82. The World According to Garp by John Irving

83. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

84. PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

85. 1984 by George Orwell

86. Mondscheintarif by Ildiko von Kurthy (not available in English)

87. Paula by Isabel Allende

88. If Only It Were True by Marc Levy

89. It Can't Always be Caviar by Johanns Mario Simmel

90. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

91. Chronicler of the Winds by Henning Mankell

92. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

93. Chess Story by Stefan Zweig

94. Tadelloser & Wolfby Walter Kempowski

95. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

96. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

97. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

98. Die Puppenspieler by Tanja Kinkel (Not available in English)

99. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

100. Green City in the Sun by Barbara Wood



Hungary's The Big Read (2005)

Hungarian The Big Read Progress
19 / 100 Books




1. Eclipse of the Crescent Moon by Geza Gardonyi

2. The Paul Street Boys by Ferenc Molnar

3. Abigail by Magda Szabo

4. 1984 by George Orwell

5. The Man With the Golden Touch by Mor Jokai

6. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

7. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

8. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling

10. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

11. Tuskevar by Istvan Fekete (Not available in English

12. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

13. Abel Alone by Aron Tamasi

14. The Baron's Sons by Mor Jokai

15. Indul a Bakterhaz by Sandor Rideg (Not available in English)

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

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

18. Be Faithful Unto Death by Zsigmond Moricz

19. Vuk: The Little Fox by Istvan Fekete

20. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

21. Lottie and Lisa by Erich Kastner

22. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

23. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

24. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

25. A Funtineli Boszorkany by Albert Wass (Not available in English)

26. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

27. Fateless by Imre Kertesz

28. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

29. Kincskereso Kiskodmon by Ferenc Mora (Not available in English)

30. Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz

31. Give Me Back My Mountains by Albert Wass

32. Embers by Sandor Marai

33. Pansy Violet by Zsigmond Moricz

34. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

35. St. Peter's Umbrella by Kalman Mikszath

36. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

37. Dirty Fred the Captain by Jeno Rejto

38. Slave of the Huns by Geza Gardonyi

39. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

40. A Nap Szerelmese by Sandor Dallos

41. The Red and the Black by Stendhal

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

43. Anna Edes by Dezso Kosztolanyi

44. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

45. Thistle by Istvan Fekete

46. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

47. The 14-Carat Roadster by Jeno Rejto

48. Aranyecset by Sandor Dallos

49. Lassie Come Home by Erik Knight

50. Winnetou by Karl May

51. Teli Berek by Istvan Fekete

52. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

53. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

54. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

55. The Gold Coffin by Ferenc Mora

56. A Fekete Varos by Kalman Mikszath

57. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

58. Totek by istvan Orkeny

59. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

60. Allitsatok meg Terezanyut! by Zsuzsa Racz

61. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

62. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

63. Death is My Trade by Robert Merle

64. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

65. East of Eden by John Steinbeck                             

66. The Good Solider Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek

67. The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw

68. Kard es Kasza by Albert Wass

69. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

70. Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque

71. School at the Frontier by Geza Ottlik

72. A Hungarian Nabob by Mor Jokai

73. This Above All by Eric Knight

74. Revulsion by Laszlo Nemeth

75. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

76. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

77. A Journey Round My Skull by Frigyes Karinthy

78. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

79. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

80. The Book of Fathers by Miklos Vamos

81. The Pendragon Legend by Antal Szerb

82. Bezzeg az en Idomben by Klara Feher

83. Gergo es az Alomfogok by Gyula Boszormenyl

84. Malevil by Robert Merle

85. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

86. Fur Elise by Magda Szabo

87. Journey by Moonlight by Antal Szerb

88. Jadwiga's Pillow by Pal Zavada

89. Ida's Novel by Geza Gardonyi

90. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

91. An Old-Fashioned Story by Magda Szabo

92. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

93. The Door by Magda Szabo

94. The Confessions of a Haut-Bourgeois by Sandor Marai

95. The Red Lion by Maria Szepes

96. Joseph and His Brothers by Thomas Mann

97. Ne Feljetek by Anna Jokai

98. My Happy Days in Hell by Gyorgy Faludy

99. PetePite by Gabor Nogradi

100. Celestial Harmonies by Peter Esterhazy



Bulgaria's The Big Read (2008)

Bulgarian The Big Read Progress
20 / 100 Books




1. Under the Yoke by Ivan Vazov

2. Time of Parting by Anton Donchev

3. Tobacco by Dimitar Dimov

4. Zhelezniat Svetilnik by Dimitar Talev

5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

6. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

7. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

8. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

9. Doomed Souls by Dimitar Dimov

10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

11. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

12. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

13. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

14. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

15. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

16. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

17. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

18. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

19. Bai Ganyo by Aleko Konstantinov

20. Notes on the Bulgarian Uprising by Zahari Stoyanov

21. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

22. 1984 by George Orwell

23. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

24. The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek

25. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

26. King Rat by James Clavell

27. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

28. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

29. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

30. Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

31. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

32. The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov

33. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

34. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

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

36. Prespanskite Kambani by Dimitar Telev

37. Natural Novel by Georgi Gospodinov

38. Wolf Hunt by Ivaylo Petrov

39. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

40. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

41. Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz

42. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

43. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

44. Winnetou by Karl May

45. Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque

46. Shogun by James Clavell

47. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

48. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

49. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

50. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

51. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco

52. Nobody's Boy by Hector Malot

53. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

54. Golden Calf by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov

55. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

56. Perfume by Patrick Suskind

57. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

58. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

59. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

60. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

61. The Antichrist by Emilian Stanev

62. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

63. Kaloyan's Daughter by Fanny Popova-Mutafova

64. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Persig

65. White Horse at Night by Pavel Vezhinov

66. Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw

67. Jan Bibyan by Elin Pelin

68. Emil in Lonneberga by Astrid Lindgren

69. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

70. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

71. White Fang by Jack London

72. Target Land by Freedom Bachvarova

73. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

74. Creation by Gore Vidal

75. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

76. Ilinden by Dimitar Talev

77. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

78. 18% Gray by Zachary Karabashliev

79. Carlson, Who Lives on the Roof by Astrid Lindgren

80. The Gadfly by Ethel Voynich

81. I Hear Your Voices by Dimitar Talev

82. The Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque

83. I, Claudius by Robert Graves

84. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

85. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

86. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

87. Samuel by Dimitar Talev

88. The Sons of the Great Bear by Liselote Welscopf-Henryk

89. Thessaloniki Miracle Worker by Fanny Popova-Mutafova

90. Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque

91. The Patilan Kingdom by Ran Bosilek

92. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

93. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

94. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

95. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

96. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

97. Avalanche by Blaga Dimitrova

98. Before I Was Born and After My Death by Ivaylo Petrov

99. A Ballad for Georg Henig by Victor Paskov

100. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


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