The Reading Challenge: 100 Books to read before you leave BC!


Getting Started

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  • Just make a decision that you are going to do this challenge.
  • No need to sign up.
  • Download the list of 100 books (see below) or pick up a list in the library.

And then?

  • Tick off any books on your list that you have already read - you may find that this gives you a head start!
  • If you've seen the film version of a book, it doesn't count. You have to have read the book!
  • Plan to read about 20 books a year, over five years, if you want to accomplish the challenge.

What's the reward?

  • Reading is its own reward!
  • Completing the challenge will also give you a sense of accomplishment.
  • You will be a well-read, well-rounded, well-educated person.
  • You could use your participation in this Reading Challenge as evidence of your involvement in a cultural activity when applying for a Scholarship or Dean's Award.

Here's the list!



100 Books to read before you leave BC!


Read them in any order:

The 10 pm question / Kate De Goldi
2001, a space odyssey / Arthur C. Clarke
Across the nightingale floor / Lian Hearn (Tales of the Otori)
The adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain
The adventures of Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain
Animal farm / George Orwell
Around the world in eighty days / Jules Verne
Artemis Fowl / Eoin Colfer
Atonement / Ian McEwan [Year 12+]
The bad beginning / Lemony Snicket (A series of unfortunate events)
The book thief / Markus Zusak
The boy in striped pyjamas / John Boyne
Brave new world / Aldous Huxley
Call of the wild / Jack London
The catcher in the rye / J.D. Salinger
Cirque du Freak / Darren Shan (The saga of Darren Shan)
Cold mountain / Charles Frazier
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time / Mark Haddon
The Da Vinci code / Dan Brown
The dark is rising / Susan Cooper
The day of the triffids / John Wyndham
The diary of a young girl / Anne Frank (940.53)
Dracula / Bram Stoker
Eragon / Christopher Paolini
Far from the madding crowd / Thomas Hardy
Frankenstein / Mary Shelley
The Freedom Writers diary (370.11)
Ganglands / Maureen McCarthy
The graveyard book / Neil Gaiman
The great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald [Year 12+]
Guantanamo boy / Anna Perera
Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone / J.K. Rowling
Hatchet / Gary Paulsen
The hitch-hiker’s guide to the galaxy / Douglas Adams
The hobbit / J.R.R. Tolkien
Holes / Louis Sachar
How I live now / Meg Rosoff
The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins
I am David / Anne Holm
I am not Esther / Fleur Beale
Unbelievable / Paul Jennings
The iron man / Ted Hughes
Jane Eyre / Charlotte Bronte
The kite runner / Khaled Hosseini [Year 11+]
The knife of never letting go / Patrick Ness
Life of Pi / Yann Martel
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe / C.S. Lewis
Little women / Louisa May Alcott
Looking for Alibrandi / Melina Marchetta
Lord of the flies / William Golding
The lord of the rings / J.R.R. Tolkien
The lovely bones / Alice Sebold [Year 11+]
The machine gunners / Robert Westall
Matilda / Roald Dahl
Mister Monday / Garth Nix (Keys to the kingdom)
The mysterious adventures of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle
New Zealand stories / Katherine Mansfield
Northern lights / Philip Pullman
Noughts and crosses / Malorie Blackman
Obernewtyn / Isobelle Carmody
Of mice and men / John Steinbeck
Oliver Twist / Charles Dickens
Once / Morris Gleitzman
Once were warriors / Alan Duff [Year 11+]
One flew over the cuckoo’s nest / Ken Kesey [Year 12+]
The outsiders / S.E. Hinton
The owl service / Alan Garner
Parvana / Deborah Ellis
Portrait of a lady / Henry James
The power of one / Bryce Courtenay
Pride and prejudice / Jane Austen
Private Peaceful / Michael Morpurgo
The recruit / Robert Muchamore (CHERUB)
The remains of the day / Kazuo Ishiguro
Roll of thunder, hear my cry / Mildred D. Taylor
The ruins of Gorlan / Joh Flanagan (Ranger’s apprentice)
Sarah, plain and tall / Patricia MacLachlan
Schindler’s ark / Thomas Keneally
The secret garden / Frances Hodgson Burnett
See ya, Simon / David Hill
The silver sword / Ian Serraillier
Skellig / David Almond
Stormbreaker / Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider)
Super freak / Brian Falkner
The sword in the stone / T.H. White
A tale of two cities / Charles Dickens
To kill a mockingbird / Harper Lee
Tomorrow, when the war began / John Marsden
Treasure Island / Robert Louis Stevenson
Twilight / Stephenie Meyer
Under the mountain / Maurice Gee
War and peace / Leo Tolstoy
The war of the worlds / H.G. Wells
The whale rider / Witi Ihimaera
Winnie-the-Pooh / A.A. Milne
The wizard of Earthsea / Ursula Le Guin
Wolf brother / Michelle Paver
The wolves of Willoughby Chase / Joan Aiken
A wrinkle in time / Madeleine L’Engle
Wuthering Heights / Emily Bronte