terryw wrote: »
Very very slightly off-topic, but as we are all book-lovers here, I hope that Ms Pickle will not mind.
About fifteen years ago, Waterstones carried out a large survey of book-buyers in their shops and came up with a definite list of the 100 most popular books. The survey was slightly flawed as book-buyers are not necessarily book readers. Film and TV tie-ins came in too high (in my opinion!) and school books like To Kill a Mockingbird and Animal Farm also got high mentions. Catcher in the Rye was also very high but I think this must be read during teen-age years to fully appreciate it - I read it in later life, and it left me cold.
Anyway, today's quiz question is:
Which book do you think headed the survey list of the 100 favourite book?
Hermia wrote: »
I work in a library and we were quite heavily involved in the Big Read survey that was done a few years ago. Books that were made into films dominated the survey and LOTR won. We were supposed to help people with their votes if they were not used to computers. I couldn't believe how many people told me that:
(i) they had not read the book they had voted for, but had liked the film/TV adaption.
(ii) the book they voted for was the only book they had actually read from the longlist so they couldn't actually judge if it was the best book
I was gobsmacked!
velocity.girl wrote: »
hmmm terryw was it, lord of the rings??? if so i couldn't agree more again i have just brought 4 more books-i'm a lost cause me!!! lol
flaire wrote: »
He banned me from buying books! Barbarian. Uncouth lout. I'm not allowed to buy anymore books till the 'unread' bookcase has been emptied.
niccatw wrote: »
I'm not sure I could vote tbh... I would need a book for many different genres, and for my different moods. Then they are the books I loved when I read them but may have forgotten about. And ones that, if I read again, I would wonder what it was I'd liked the first time round, and those vague one's that keep me awake at night trying to remember what they were (one day I will figure out what childbook it was that I read that involved a mouse and astronomy and some kind of adventurous journey!!!)
Ames wrote: »
Whoever mentioned Catcher in the Rye, I agree, I tried to read it a couple of years ago but just couldn't get into it, to me it was just a teenage boy being a teenage boy, yawn. It was suggested for one of my book clubs, but we decided against it cos everyone had already read it.
lysasparkles wrote: »
One of you mentioned Marian Keyes the brightest star in the sky (just read the whole thread so cant remember who sorry!) just read it and its fab!
charlies_mum wrote: »
My all time favourite, however has to be Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
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