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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Favorite Books of All Time

From Publishers Lunch Today

Poll Asks, Name Your Favorite Book
Harris Interactive surveyed American adults to find out "What is your favorite book of all time?"

The answers:
1. The Bible
2. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
3. Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
4. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
5. The Stand, by Stephen King
6. The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
7. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
8. Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown
9. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
10. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

Are any of your all-time favorite books on this list? What makes a book stand the test of time? Obvious to me, the BIBLE has stood firm because it is as relevant today as it was in its original Hebrew and Greek. People still need the Lord.
What about the other books? Will they be relevant in fifty years? A hundred? What about the classics—Homer, Hemingway, Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, The Bronte sisters? Do people read those anymore? Have they been left behind on dusty library shelves? Just wondering. . . Feel free to chime in and tell me what you think.

2 comments:

The Koala Bear Writer said...

Interesting... some on that list are expected (Bible, LOTR, Gone With the Wind), others quite unexpected (Dan Brown???). I'm surprised that more of the classics aren't there - don't people read Dickens, Austen and Bronte anymore? I love the 19th century authors and have a bunch of friends who do as well.

Erica Vetsch said...

Can I admit there are a lot on this list I've never read? Loved GWTW, LOTR and Mockingbird, and of course the Bible tops the list for a reason. ;) but Dan Brown and JK Rowling get TWO three of the top ten?

They missed Dick Francis too. He fills out a good portion of my top ten favorite books. :)