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Books That Made a Difference in Readers' Lives

Respondents to the Survey of Lifetime Reading Habits, conducted [fall 1991] for the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Library of Congress' Center for the Book, cited the following when asked to name a book that had made a difference in their lives:

1 - The Bible**
2 - Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
3 - The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck
4 - To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5 - The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
6 - Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
7 - How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
8 - The Book of Mormon

Five titles were tied for the next place:

The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan
A Gift from the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Man's Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl
Passages, by Gail Sheehy
When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold S. Kushner

** A large gap exists between the #1 book and the rest of the list.

 

25 Books That Have Shaped Readers' Lives

This list was developed for the 1995-96 reading promotion theme: "Shape Your Future - - READ!"

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Bible
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes
Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Hiroshima, by John Hersey
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint Exupery
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Roots, by Alex Haley
The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
What Color is Your Parachute?, by Richard Nelson Bolles
The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum

 

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