Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Top 25 Library Books

Via Uncertain Principles

Based on the number of holdings by public libraries, here are the top 25 library books. Which of these is not like the others?

1. Bible [various] Library holdings: 796,882
2. Census [various] United States Library holdings: 460,628
3. Mother Goose Library holdings: 67,663
4. Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri Library holdings: 62,414
5. Odyssey Homer Library holdings: 45,551
6. Iliad Homer Library holdings: 44,093
7. Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain Library holdings: 42,724
8. Lord of the Rings [trilogy] J. R. R. Tolkien Library holdings: 40,907
9. Hamlet William Shakespeare Library holdings: 39,521
10. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Library holdings: 39,277
11. Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Library holdings: 38,485
12. Beowulf Library holdings: 37,914
13. Koran Library holdings: 37,080
14. Night Before Christmas Clement Clarke Moore Library holdings: 33,343
15. Garfield Jim Davis Library holdings: 33,234
16. Tom Sawyer Mark Twain Library holdings: 32,233
17. Aesop's Fables Aesop Library holdings: 32,232
18. Arabian Nights Library holdings: 31,728
19. Macbeth William Shakespeare Library holdings: 30,388
20. Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift Library holdings: 29,066
21. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe Library holdings: 28,669
22. Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare Library holdings: 28,646
23. Bhagavadgita Library holdings: 28,588
24. Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Library holdings: 27,928
25. Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer Library holdings: 27,863

4 Comments:

Blogger Kyle McCullough said...

Yes, well. Ahem. Librarians were very carefull never to say that education was their main purpose.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Rich said...

#15 I find loathsome.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Daryl McCullough said...

Rich,

Bingo! As I said, "one of these things is not like the others". Regardless of whether you like Garfield or not, it is extremely jarring to find it in the same short list as Dante, the Odyssey, Shakespeare, etc.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Rich said...

Even as we speak, there is discussion over at the Comics Curmudgeon on whether the current batch of Garfields might be the best in years. I am one of those in the no camp. If someone wanted to start a movement banning these books from libraries, I would be lackadaisical in arguing against them.

At least it wasn't Cathy cluttering up those shelves. Or My Pet Goat.

9:52 PM  

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