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4,145 hits 3.0 (3 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 10 years ago by Lynn_19

Is there one or more books that you can bring up and be sure that 75% of your audience have read it?
No preschoolers' books (i.e Dr Suess).


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10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 12:22:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
most people dont read anymore. Either they want to or dont have time or they dont like it. I dont get people that dont like to read. Not dumb necessarily, i guess their brain works different. I love to read - a fundamental joy of life. i read 2 to 3 books a week (non fiction).
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 12:43:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
How about The Chronicles of Narnia?
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 12:46:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Depending on your audience, The DaVinci Code, Harry Potter or Twilight seem like a good bet
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 12:50:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh, hey yeah! Harry Potter! Thanks for the reminder!
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 12:54:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
the only books people are interested in nowadays are ones that are easy to read or interesting the whole way through. Harry Potter and Twilight are both shining examples of this travesty. Apart from that, I'd say several books by Stephen King, Great Expectations, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and To Kill a Mockingbird are all books that most of my friends have read.
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 2:11:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Harry Potter, and some of the ones that are either very well known or everyone has to read for school- - Julius Caesar/Hamlet, Lord of the Flies,To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, etc.
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 2:30:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 4/30/10 - 2:11:15 PM anidiot wrote:
Harry Potter, and some of the ones that are either very well known or everyone has to read for school- - Julius Caesar/Hamlet, Lord of the Flies,To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, etc.


I never had to read any of those for school...
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 3:53:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
Shut up, CD. "Everyone" can be used as hyperbole.
FTR, I read every one of them for school.

It depends on the audience, but given a random sampling of... say, 20 people, I think you'd be hard pressed to find something 15 of them had *actually* read. _Romeo&Juliet_, everyone *knows*, but *READ*? I doubt it.

I find this holds true even among my fellow English teachers and fellow bibliophiles. There's so much out there, it's quite possible to have two very, very avid readers who have relatively little overlap in what they've read. I think that's pretty cool, as it speaks to the options out there.
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 10:11:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
it's depressing how many kids don't know what "wherefore" means
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 10:13:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
The Outsiders, Dracula, and of course To Kill a Mocking Bird.
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 10:19:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, thats easy. Twilight.
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 10:21:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 4/30/10 - 10:19:17 PM erinsdream12 wrote:
Yes, thats easy. Twilight.

Wait! And Where the Red Fern Grows! Practically everyone in my class has read that one.
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 10:26:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
The Scarlet Letter, Where the Red Fern Grows or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , maybe. Most of the people I know are baby boomers & older or teens & younger.
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 10:41:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
No one has brought up the buybull yet?
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 11:22:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
What about Charlotte's Web, Little House on the Prairie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or James and the Giant Peach?
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 11:34:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
The Giver, Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451, and maybe A Separate Peace...
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 5/1/10 - 12:44:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
Charlotte's Web is a pretty good one
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 5/1/10 - 5:51:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm lucky and at least 75% of the people I talk to read as much as I do...Slaughterhouse Five, To Kill A Mocking Bird, , Moby Dick, A Tale of Two Cities, The Red Badge of Courage, The Princess Bride, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlotte's Web, Night, almost anything by Stephen King or Dean Koontz (although I don't read either), Harry Potter, Twilight Saga, almost anything by Anne Rice, The Divinci Code, Angels and Demons...
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 5/1/10 - 5:52:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
The Republic, since most of my friends have taken a philosophy class, or Harry Potter.
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 5/2/10 - 12:40:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
Goodnight, Moon?

Go Dog Go?
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 5/2/10 - 12:43:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
easy

green eggs and ham
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 5/2/10 - 1:37:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
Goodnight Moon.

There was a recent thread on the SDMB about this:

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 5/2/10 - 1:45:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
Just saw the "no preschoolers" mandate.

I would probably say Animal Farm, The Giver, the Odyssey or Night.

However, I really wish that more people read books like Godel Escher, Bach (even if they only read the Achilles and the Tortoise scenes).
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 5/2/10 - 1:49:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 5/2/10 - 1:45:00 AM skine wrote:
Just saw the "no preschoolers" mandate.

missed that
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 5/2/10 - 3:41:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeppers.

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