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Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-11-2014: America Reads [OregonMuse]

Libary Annex at Casa de Muse*

*no, not really. This is the library of the Harvard Club of New York City, in midtown Manhattan. You have to be a member if you want read one of the 30,000 available books. (From the article Secret Libraries of New York City.)

I’m reasonably sure this library is no secret to our nemo.

Also, this:  (The horror!  The horror!)

Sunday Morning Book Thread 05-11-2014: America Reads [OregonMuse]

America’s Favorite Books

The Harris polling company asked 2,300 people to name their all-time favorite book. Here is the top ten:

1. The Bible

2. “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell

3. “Harry Potter” (series) by J.K. Rowling

4. “The Lord of the Rings” (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

6. “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville

7. “The Catcher” in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

8. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

9. “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

10. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Also:

Dropped off the list in 2014:

The Stand by Stephen King (was No. 5), The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (was No. 6) Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (was No. and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (was No. 9)

 

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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One of Nemo’s Haunts? — 7 Comments

  1. I call BS.

    I would bet if you showed that list to 2,300 people at random, with the question “Have you read this book?”, They’d all lie and say yes to the Bible, and less than 50% on the other 9.

    And where’s 50 Shades of Grey?

    I tried to read Moby Dick. Twice.
    I read the Great Gatsby in High School. I think it was about the 1920′s.

    I bet people answered based largely on movies they’ve seen.

  2. I’ve read everything on the list except for finishing Moby Dick. Like you, several starts, no finishes.

    Catcher was my all-time fave for many years, and might still be if I really started to think about it. Certainly had a major effect on me at the time.

    I do have to say that Gatsby blew me away. Little Women, not so much.

  3. Read ‘em all at least once, several of them more than once – but then, I am a life-long, inveterate reader of dangneareverything, so…I would like to make note of three, in particular – the Bible, “To Kill A Mockingbird”, and “The Grapes Of Wrath” – as being very high up (if not at the top), in my personal experience, of the list of Books People Claim To Have Read, But Actually Mostly Have Not Read.

    Aside from the “Potter” series, I read most of those listed as a teenager – then re-read some of them quite a few years later, gaining a much better appreciation for them –

    Also – I had to really work at it to get all the way through “Moby Dick” – man, that is one dense piece of work! The “Lord Of The Rings” series took quite awhile, too – difficult (for me) to get into, though deeply engrossing after about one-fourth of the way through…

    I, too, have read and re-read “The Catcher…” a number of times over the years – and enjoyed it even a bit more every time than before – will likely do so again, one day.

    As something of a “buff” about The War Between The States, I’m always faintly amused when I discover yet another person for whom “Gone With The Wind” is just about their only literary acquaintanceship with that particular pivotal conflict.

    Overall, an interesting list…