What are the Top 10 Most Common Books in Libraries?
The 15th most popular, and first cartoon book, is not, as you might expect, Peanuts (number 69), but Garfield. Is this for real? The Grapes of Wrath is 101, Oedipus Rex is 187, Goethe's Faust 33, War and Peace 93, The Cat in the Hat is 444, and Garfield is 15? Is this what's wrong with libraries today? How much higher would Garfield be if he were actually funny? For those who like cartoons, along with Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes is 77, Doonesbury 88, the Far Side 115, and Dilbert 399.
A total of 849 books averaged at least one copy per ten libraries. The last of these was Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. At number 1,000 is a recent book, from 1999: Southern Cross, by mystery writer Patricia Daniels Cornwell. She is apparently a descendant of, or somehow related to, Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose Uncle Tom's Cabin is number 59.
The entire OCLC Top 1,000 may be found at www.oclc.org/research/top1000/complete.htm.
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