Readers Pick Best Book Of The Past 125 Years

The New York Times Book Review has celebrated 125th anniversary by asking readers to nominate the best book of the past 125 years. The reader submissions were wittled down to a list of 25, which were voted on by more than 200,000  Times readers. The list included expected favories like The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The big winner was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. A NYT critic says of the choice, “As an adult, I can perceive why the novel might hold enduring appeal for many and enduring repulsion to perhaps just as many. I cannot fathom the complexities of teaching it to elementary school students in 2021, especially after reading online accounts from teachers on both the ‘pro’ and ‘against’ sides.”

The rest of the Top 5 list include:

2) The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
3) 1984 by George Orwell
4) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
5) Beloved by Toni Morrison

You can learn more about the selection process, as well as more on the popular nominations at The New York Times.

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1 Response to Readers Pick Best Book Of The Past 125 Years

  1. That’s a pretty excellent list!

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