So World Book Night have a list now of the 100 most popular books, as chosen by their readers.
Of these, I've read 41 but, magically, two of those titles appear twice. Little Women counts as two - because one was written by Louisa May Alcott, and the other by Louisa M. Alcott. See the difference? Must be two different books. Sure.
Then, there are 13 titles that are currently sitting on my TBR list. Great.
What's not so great? Okay, I've never read any Neil Gaiman books. I'll get round to it, but I just haven't. Still, why there are four on this list, I don't know. Twilight is there.
Really, it's quite a stupid list. Whoever WBN's readers are, apparently there are some who take things seriously - Tess of the d'Urbervilles is up there, so that keeps me much happier. But really? Four Neil Gaiman books? Time Traveller's Wife twice? Jodi Picoult...
It's a popularity list, not a best of, which is why I'm going to let it be. But as a popularity contest, it's very interesting. There was the inevitability of being able to guess several of the tittles that would be there - Life of Pi, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, Lolita, One Day, Catcher in the Rye, We Need to Talk About Kevin, the usual kids. But, among the wreckage, people still remembered Dorian Gray, Anna Karenina, Frankenstein and The Secret Garden.
I don't like popularity contests much, but you can browse the list here.