Friday, April 17, 2009

Beating the Bible

What do Brits say is the most inspirational book ever? According to London’s Daily Telegraph, it's Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. It beat out the Bible, which came in at number two.

Here are Britain’s Top Ten Inspirational Books, as compiled in a UK poll:

1. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

2. The Bible

3. Dave Pelzer's A Child Called It.

4: Men Are From Mars, Women are From Venus

5: The Diary of Anne Frank

6. 1984, George Orwell

7. A Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela.

8. The Beach, Alex Garland.

9. The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffennegger.

10. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger.

Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus? Really? Are you kidding me?


Kelly said...

The Time Traveler's Wife? Seriously? How is that self-indulgent garbage inspirational? I really don't see how 1984 is inspirational either. Weird.

Stephanie said...

I know! Maybe they should have defined the word "inspirational" for the poll participants.

lisa b said...

My first thought was "Time Traveler's Wife? No way! I'm glad I share the company of others who feel the same way! About halfway down the list, I jogged my eyes back up to the top to make sure you said "inspirational" books.

Those Britons and their quirky sense of humor. That must be what's going on here! This is just a big joke they're playing on American readers. Surely . . . we can hope, right?

Amy Adair said...

I had the very same thoughts!