To Kill a Mockingbird named America’s most-loved book

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, October 30, 2018

“To Kill a Mockingbird’ has been voted America’s Number One best-loved novel in the Great American Read. The grand finale of the event aired on October 23.

Perhaps, few were surprised when the winner was announced.

The novel by Alabamian Harper Lee has been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” has served as the basis for a popular movie and voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

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Harper Lee’s novel tells the story of a young girl who becomes keenly aware of life’s inequities as her father, a crusading lawyer, risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of an almost unspeakable crime.

Theresa Trawick, director of the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge, said she was not surprised “To Kill a Mockingbird” was voted the winner of The Great American Read, which spanned five months, ending in mid-October.

“Not only is ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ required reading in high schools and community colleges and some colleges around the country but around the world,” Trawick said.

“It is a powerful story that has been told in print, in movie theaters and on stages and through the attention brought to Harper Lee herself.”

Trawick said what she found very interesting was that “To Kill a Mockingbird’ debuted atop The Great American Read and stayed there.

“Some novels moved up and down but ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ never slipped from first place,” she said. “I was pleased to see that novels by other authors with Alabama connections were among the 100 novels selected.”

Trawick cited novelists F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert McCammon, Zora Neale Hurston and John Green.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” held first place despite strong competition from the rest of the five finalists. Harper Lee’s novel topped the list of votes in every state except North Carolina where voters chose the “Outlander” series and Wyoming voters preferred “Lord of The Rings.”

Completing the top five were “Outlander series, second; “Harry Potter series, third; “Pride and Prejudice,” fourth and “Lord of the Rings,” fifth.

Trawick found it interesting that “Gone with the Wind” took sixth place and was followed by “Charlotte’s Web.”

“Even as an adult, I enjoyed ‘Charlotte’s Web,” she said.

Trawick said it was also interesting that “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (17) was on the list while “Huckleberry Finn” was not.

“When I was in high school in Brundidge, Marilyn Phillips, who was an outstanding literature teacher, said Mark Twain’s books, the classics and ‘Catcher in the Rye’ were the books to read before you began college.”
On the Top 100 books, Trawick said there was a strong showing for fantasy books and the classics were well represented.

And there was a millennial influence among the list and also from the dedicated readers.

Trawick said there was no limit to the number of times one could vote and that could have been a factor in the voting.


According to the Great American Read, the top 100 most loved novels are:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. Outlander (Series)
  3. Harry Potter (Series)
  4. Pride and Prejudice
  5. Lord of the Rings
  6. Gone with the Wind
  7. Charlotte’s Web
  8. Little Women
  9. Chronicles of Narnia
  10. Jane Eyre
  11. Anne of Green Gables
  12. Grapes of Wrath
  13. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  14. Book Thief
  15. Great Gatsby
  16. TheHelp
  17. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  18. 1984
  19. And Then There Were None
  20. Atlas Shrugged
  21. Wuthering Heights
  22. Lonesome Dove
  23. Pillars of the Earth
  24. Stand
  25. Rebecca
  26. A Prayer for Owen Meany
  27. Color Purple
  28. Alice in Wonderland
  29. Great Expectations
  30. Catcher in the Rye
  31. Where the Red Fern Grows
  32. Outsiders
  33. The Da Vinci Code
  34. The Handmaid’s Tale
  35. Dune
  36. The Little Prince
  37. Call of the Wild
  38. The Clan of the Cave Bear
  39. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy
  40. The Hunger Games
  41. The Count of Monte Cristo
  42. The Joy Luck Club
  43. Frankenstein
  44. The Giver
  45. Memoirs of a Geisha
  46. Moby Dick
  47. Catch 22
  48. Game of Thrones (series)
  49. Foundation (series)
  50. War and Peace
  51. Their Eyes Were Watching God
  52. Jurassic Park
  53. The Godfather
  54. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  55. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  56. The Notebook
  57. The Shack
  58. A Confederacy of Dunces
  59. The Hunt for Red October
  60. Beloved
  61. The Martian
  62. The Wheel of Time (series)
  63. Siddhartha
  64. Crime and Punishment
  65. The Sun Also Rises
  66. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
  67. A Separate Peace
  68. Don Quixote
  69. The Lovely Bones
  70. The Alchemist
  71. Hatchet (series)
  72. Invisible Man
  73. The Twilight Saga (series)
  74. Tales of the City (series)
  75. Gulliver’s Travels
  76. Ready Player One
  77. Left Behind (series)
  78. Gone Girl
  79. Watchers
  80. The Pilgrim’s Progress
  81. Alex Cross Mysteries (series)
  82. Things Fall Apart
  83. Heart of Darkness
  84. Gilead
  85. Flowers in the Attic
  86. Fifty Shades of Grey
  87. The Sirens of Titan
  88. This Present Darkness
  89. Americanah
  90. Another Country
  91. Bless Me, Ultima
  92. Looking for Alaska
  93. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  94. Swan Song
  95. Mind Invaders
  96. White Teeth
  97. Ghost
  98. The Coldest Winter Ever
  99. The Intuitionist

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