Wednesday, April 9, 2008

America's Top 10 Books

Reading through some of the fun headlines and I came across an article about American's favorite books. This is what is said to be the most popular books in the U.S.

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

I have personally read all of the listed titles and I believe that there are so many more books out there that could be in the top ten, but this is what the main stream media gives us. Here's my small take on these books.

~ Catcher in the Rye – overall a good read but reminds me of too many other young teen stories

~ Atlas Shrugged – is a book of fiction but it’s scary how close this can become are future

~ Angels and Demons was great until the end, where it got a bit too unbelievable

~ To Kill a Mockingbird to me was just plain boring

~ The Da Vinci Code ~ The movie did not do it justice (especially the ending)

~ The Stand – I love Stephen King and this book ranks up there with my favorites of his. Personally, his Dark Tower series is better.

~ Harry Potter – What can I say? I love this series (2nd favorite next to the Dark Tower)

~ Lord of the Rings – OMG! This took me forever and a day to get through. I don’t recommend it if you’re just starting out to read fantasy books. I’ll stick with the movies.

~ Gone with the Wind – A long read, but worth knowing more inside details about Scarlett and her family.

~ The Bible – Not a page turner, but a good reference ;-)


Jahn said...

I've read three of those, and seen the movies of four others. Of course, just because they're the "most popular" doesn't necessarily mean they're the best.

I actually enjoyed Catcher.

The Whitney's said...

To Kill a Mockingbird was my favorite in high school... that was 7 years ago... if I read it now, it'll probably be completely different for me... It was probably my favorite because I saw it live as a play?... anyway, I've read the HP series, and that's it besides TKaM... I flip through the Bible. Have never read it all through. *I know, blaspheme!* lol!

Adam said...

Okay Nic, I usually wouldn't disagree with you too much, but To Kill a Mockingbird was a great book. I still can remember what the cover looks like after all these years, and I have been looking to read it again. Its like a fountain of knowlege... Just Kidding, but I thought it would be funny. The worst part about these books is that all of them are fictional, or is that what you were searching... well minus the Bible to most. Anyway, they are all good books though. thanks for the blog

Anonymous said...

Why are the sad books the good ones. Give me a good romance or feel good story any day.

orangemily said...

I love Gone With the Wind.
I've read:
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
1. The Bible

I need to go to the library!