America’s favorite books…

No surprise that The Bible was voted favorite, though I can’t believe that many people have ever read it. Have you ever read, for instance, the actual story of Samson and Delilah? A little different than the common version people think of.

But what’s with Gone with The Wind at #2? I don’t think I know anybody who has actually read it. Well, at least it wasn’t that pile of mish-mashed condecension, Huck Finn.


5 Responses

  1. Um, me. I read GWTW as a teenager. Which was also when I read most of the Bible, in fits and starts, some parts many more times than others. I also read Star Trek fan poetry. And lots of backs of cereal boxes.

  2. I share your skepticism about how many people have read the Bible. And, yes, I know what you mean about Samson and Delilah. I think the Bible gets a lot of votes because people think that they should vote for it, whether they’ve read it or not.

    Where was that list? I’m curious to see it.

  3. Of the Hebrew Scriptures, I read straight through up to Job, and then I lost patience. While I agree with Madaleine L’Engle that the King James version of the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare are bedrocks for the English language, I wouldn’t say that the Bible was my favorite book. And in fact, it’s kind of cheating, as the Bible is a collection of books. My favorite book of the Bible is Ruth.

    When I was in Cote d’Ivoire and feeling starved for the English language, a missionary friend showed me her collection of books and invited me to borrow some. I felt so overwhelmed, but I picked up Shakespeare, and devoured those plays. I didn’t even read that much Shakespeare in my Shakespeare class! I read all of the comedies, all of the tragedies, memorized some favorite soliloquies and was just beginning the histories when my stay came to an end. I always meant to read the histories after that, but there wasn’t the same need, and so I didn’t.

    But now…

  4. P.S. I’m offended by the idea that 2513 adults is enough of a sampling to determine the reading preferences of millions of people in one country. And to top it all off, no one called me!

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