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Here are the top 100 most popular books, according to World Book Night 2012.

To Kill a Mockingbird -Harper Lee

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

Harry Potter Adult Hardback Boxed Set – J. K. Rowling

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

One Day – David Nicholls

Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson

The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Atonement – Ian McEwan

We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

Room – Emma Donoghue

The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Island – Victoria Hislop

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

Chocolat – Joanne Harris

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

The Eyre Affair -Jasper Fforde

Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

The Secret Garden -Frances Hodgson Burnett

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

I Capture the Castle -Dodie Smith

The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

Small Island – Andrea Levy

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The Road – Cormac McCarthy

Persuasion – Jane Austen

Watership Down – Richard Adams

A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Brave New World -Aldous Huxley

Night Watch – Terry Pratchett

The Color Purple -Alice Walker

Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

The Stand – Stephen King

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Middlemarch – George Eliot

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

Dune – Frank Herbert

Wolf Hall -Hilary Mantel

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Possession: A Romance – A. S. Byatt

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami

The Magus – John Fowles

Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood

Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

The Millennium Trilogy – Stieg Larsson

Of these, I’ve read 32 . Some on there I love… The Poisonwood Bible, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Secret History, One Hunderd Years of Solitude). I do feel like some of my favorites have been overlooked  (Their Eyes Were Watching God, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, White Teeth).

Most of all, I am devastated that The Five People You Meet in Heaven continues to be inlcuded in lists like this, seven years after it’s release.  If I could ask people one question to efficiently assess whether we will get along, I would ask them if they like that book. End rant.



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