The Big Read 2003 - Top 100

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InsaneDame Thu 16-Jun-16 07:36:31

Anyone remember this? I'm planning on working through the top 100 excluding the ones I've read unless I desperately want to re-read them again! Might be an idea for anyone else looking for a new challenge!

Rokerwriter Fri 17-Jun-16 14:07:24

I did this. I started in 2003 when it was first released. My children were 9 and 7 at the time and I realised I needed to start stretching myself again after nine years of ploughing through three pages of chick-lit before falling asleep. It introduced me to some things I'd never have read, with some writers becoming firm favourites and some being banished from my to-read list forever. It took a long time but it was a great sense of satisfaction at the end. Good luck with it.

ChessieFL Sat 18-Jun-16 06:54:05

Sounds like a good challenge, might try this myself!

InsaneDame Sat 18-Jun-16 11:12:47

Broker how long did it take you? There is actually a top 200 but that would take a lifetime! Here is the link for the list -

www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtmla

InsaneDame Sat 18-Jun-16 11:13:38

Roker, not broker! Stupid predictive text!

ChessieFL Sat 18-Jun-16 15:43:44

Just looked at the top 100 and I've already read 30, plus there's another three or so that I've started but never finished. Quite a few of the others are on my to read pile so may start with them.

Felascloak Sat 18-Jun-16 21:42:01

I've read 67 of them shock
Might try the other 33, although I don't quite fancy Jacqueline Wilson as DD reads them

disappoint15 Sat 18-Jun-16 21:58:12

Sounds like a good idea but I've already read 80 and the ones I haven't are mostly the Jacqueline Wilson and Terry Pratchett plus a couple of things like The Shellseekers which I don't really fancy. Could try Terry P.

InsaneDame Sun 19-Jun-16 09:08:35

If you have read most of the top 100 check out the top 200 instead -

www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top200.shtml

InsaneDame Sun 19-Jun-16 09:12:18

I don't particularly fancy the Jacqueline Wilson ones either but I want to do it properly and they should be an easy and quick read - I've actually just finished studying a children's literature course for my English language and literature degree and Jacqueline Wilson featured in it quite regularly (not her books per se, more her opinion on children's literature and being an author for children generally).

Felascloak Sun 19-Jun-16 09:15:24

You have to read Terry Pratchett disappoint. It's an absolute literature necessity grin

InsaneDame Sun 19-Jun-16 09:23:25

My DH loves Terry Pratchett, I'm not a fan at all. I've read a couple of the disc world novels but not my kind of thing really.

disappoint15 Sun 19-Jun-16 11:57:05

I've just downloaded the first Discworld book and the first Dune book so will try them next. I have read some Jacqueline Wilson when my kids were younger and I don't suppose they'd take very long!

InsaneDame Sun 19-Jun-16 12:02:50

I don't think you have to read the discworld novels in order - in fact DH (as a TP lover) actively recommended me not to read the colour of magic first as it might put me off the rest. I have read and did enjoy Mort as a nice introduction to TP.

disappoint15 Sun 19-Jun-16 14:25:52

That sort of out of order thing worries me!

Rokerwriter Tue 21-Jun-16 13:39:41

Sorry InsaneDame I've just seen this. In all it took about three years. I had read around 35 already and didn't re-read those, so sixty odd books. I did read a few books in that time that weren't on the list, that I'd received as gifts etc. but pretty much full on for three years.

cressetmama Wed 22-Jun-16 20:40:57

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