Saturday, January 1, 2011

BBC 100 Book Challenge & Kindle

I have seen this 'BBC Book Challenge' going around on Facebook and I thought it would be fun to see how many are free or nearly free for Kindle. Amazon has a lot of Classics that don't cost a penny and as a book addict and homeschool mom, I am loving it.

Gone with the Wind (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]According to the BBC, most people have only read six of these books. I will admit to only having read about 15. My favorite on the list is "Gone With the Wind". I read it for the first time in 5th grade after we had watched the movie for History class and have re-read it many times since then. I even have the movie poster hanging in our bed room. It is a good thing that Soldier boy puts up with me :)

Here is the list (followed by the price they were when I posted this). Remember to check the price before downloading, as it may change without notice and if you don't have a Kindle, you can always download a reading app for your PC, phone or ipad by clicking here.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (FREE)
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien ($18.99)
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (FREE)
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (Not available for Kindle)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (Not available for Kindle)
6. The Bible (FREE)
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte ($.99)
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell ($9.99)
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman ($7.13)
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (FREE)
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (FREE)
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (FREE)
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller ($12.99)
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare ($.99)
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier (Not available for Kindle)
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien ($9.99)
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks (Not available for Kindle in the US)
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (Not available for Kindle)
19. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Not available for Kindle)
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot (FREE)
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell ($7.99)
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald ($10.99)
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens (FREE)
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (FREE)
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams ($6.29)
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh ($9.68)
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (FREE)
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck ($12.99)
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (FREE)
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (FREE)
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (FREE)
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (FREE)
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis ($7.99 per book)
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen (FREE)
36. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho ($9.99)
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini ($12.99)
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres (Not available for Kindle)
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden ($7.59)
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne ($16.99)
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell ($9.12 with 1984)
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown ($8.52)
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (not available for Kindle)
44. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving (not available for Kindle)
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins (FREE)
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery (FREE)
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (FREE)
48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood ($7.89)
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding ($8.99)
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan ($7.63)
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel ($7.78)
52. Dune - Frank Herbert ($15.99)
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons ($12.99)
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (FREE)
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth (Not available for Kindle)
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon ($10.99)
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (FREE)
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley ($4.79)
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon ($5.69)
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Not available for Kindle)
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck ($7.99)
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov ($8.00)
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt (Not available for Kindle)
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold ($9.99)
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (FREE)
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac ($12.99)
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy ($.95)
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding ($12.99)
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie ($9.29)
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville (FREE)
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (FREE)
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker (FREE)
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (FREE)
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson (Not available for Kindle)
75. Ulysses - James Joyce (FREE)
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (Not available for Kindle)
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome (Not available for Kindle)
78. Germinal - Emile Zola ($.99)
79. Vanity Fair - Thackeray (FREE)
80. Possession - AS Byatt (Not available for Kindle)
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (FREE)
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell ($7.66)
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker (Not available for Kindle)
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro ($8.52)
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (FREE)
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry (Not available for Kindle)
87. Charlotte’s Web - EB White (Not available for Kindle)
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Alborn ($6.84)
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (FREE)
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton (Not available for Kindle)
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (FREE)
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (Not available for Kindle)
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks (Not available for Kindle)
94. Watership Down - Richard Adam ($12.99)
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole ($7.99)
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute ($8.25)
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (FREE)
98. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess ($15.39)
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (Not available for Kindle)
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (FREE)

Are you having flashbacks from High School Lit class too? ;0)

How many have you read? Do you have a favorite? Let me know!

*While you are here, don't miss the latest free book posts here & here.

***Linking up today for the Military Monday Blog Hop. I am excited to be a part of this, but not so excited for Monday. Ugh. Come over and join up and take a few minutes to visit some of the awesome blogs.


  1. I've read 21 of them, many of them in HS:) I'm loving the free ones for the kindle!

  2. I got a Kindle for Christmas and have been downloading the crap outta the freebies :-) So far I'm up to 91!! Thanks for sharing your list, I found a few more to add!!!

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