Fuse #8

Friday, March 02, 2007

Say You're On a Desert Island . . .

Yesterday was World Book Day, which apparently we, the American book blogs, missed entirely. Whoopsie.

In celebration, The Guardian polled people asking what the 100 books they couldn't live without were. You have to hand it to the Brits. They do love their children's literature. Look how it stacked up, rank-wise:

2 The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
4 Harry Potter series JK Rowling
8 His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
11 Little Women Louisa M Alcott
16 The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
29 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
33 Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis (not really fair putting them both on, was it?)
40 Winnie the Pooh AA Milne
46 Anne of Green Gables LM Montgomery
73 The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
77 Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
81 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
87 Charlotte's Web EB White
92 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery
94 Watership Down Richard Adams
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl

Dahl barely snuck in there by the end, but he definitely held his place.

Thanks to Bookninja for the link.



At 10:20 AM , Anonymous elizabeth fama said...

It makes sense for many of the books on a list like this to be kids' books. Reading is positively formative when you're a child; it changes you, and you carry the stories with you for life.


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