Wednesday, September 14, 2011

World Book Night Top 100 Nominations Revealed

During the past two months, over 6000 book lovers have submitted their top ten favorite reads for consideration as part of the World Book Night Top 100.

Over 8000 different titles have been nominated in total, illustrating the diversity of the nation's reading tastes and with a constantly evolving top hundred as more and more readers contributed, have provided a fascinating snapshot of the UK's best loved reads.

The results of the ballot have been collated and World Book Night can today reveal the Top 100 titles which will be used to inform the choice of the editorial selection committee, chaired by bestselling novelist Tracy Chevalier.

Julia Kingsford, CEO, World Book Night says:, "It's wonderful to see the passionate choices of so many people and, above all, the diversity of those choices. We had always expected there to be a wide range of books nominated but to have so many titles chosen is a great reminder of the power and passion of individual readers. And though many 'old favourites' from previous top 100s are present it's a really fresh, dynamic and fascinating snapshot of the books people love with some genuine surprises."

Mark Bell, BBC Commissioning Editor, Arts says, "As part of the BBC's Year of Books, the inaugural World Book Night was a wonderful initiative, and inspired many BBC audiences to become givers, recipients, viewers and listeners of books. We're extremely excited to partner with World Book Night again for 2012 and I think getting the audience to participate by entering their favourite books will help to inspire even more readers to share their passion for books."

The final list of 25 titles for World Book Night 2012 will be announced on Wednesday 12th October at the Frankfurt Book Fair and will coincide with the opening of the giver application process.

The World Book Night 2012 titles are being chosen by an editorial committee chaired by Tracy Chevalier and including bestselling author Dorothy Koomson, commentator, twitterer and author Grace Dent, literary editors Claire Armitstead and Jane Mays and booksellers and librarians as well as two members of the public chosen from last year's givers.

World Book Night will take place on the 23rd April 2012.

World Book Night Top 10 (ordered by number of votes)
1    To Kill a Mockingbird    Harper Lee   
2    Pride and Prejudice    Jane Austen  
3    The Book Thief    Markus Zusak  
4    Jane Eyre    Charlotte Bronte  
5    The Time Traveler's Wife    Audrey Niffenegger  
6    The Lord of the Rings    J. R. R. Tolkien  
7    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy    Douglas Adams  
8    Wuthering Heights    Emily Bronte   
9    Rebecca    Daphne Du Maurier  
10    The Kite Runner    Khaled Hosseini

Mark Butkus Top 10 (ordered by personal bias)
1    The Outsider    Albert Camus   
2    On the Road    Jack Kerouac  
3    Report to Greco    Nikos Kazantzakis  
4    The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems    Pablo Neruda  
5    The Savage Detectives    Roberto Bolano  
6    Under the Volcano    Malcolm Lowry  
7    The Loved One    Evelyn Waugh  
8    The Hockey Sweater    Roch Carrier   
9    The Five People You Meet in Heaven    Mitch Albom  
10    Angela's Ashes    Frank McCourt

Explanations for my Top 10 can be found here.

The complete Top 100 can be viewed here.

What are your Top 10 books? Please share and comment below.

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