Exploring our Great Berryville Read Finalists

final bracket

While we wait to learn the results for both the Great American Read and Great Berryville Read, I thought it would be interesting to compare notes with the released list of the country’s favorite books with the books that made our Top 10.

Now, the list for the Great American Read is unranked and is current as of October 11th, but it represents the national results:

Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia (series), by C.S. Lewis
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Harry Potter (Series), by J.K. Rowling
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
Outlander (Series), by Diana Gabaldon
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

The article mentions that regional variations did exist, and I hope we learn more about this when the final results are released.

For comparison purposes, Berryville’s Top 10 as of right now before the final voting:

1. Harry Potter (Series), by J.K. Rowling

2. The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien

3. Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

4. Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton

5. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

6. 1984, by George Orwell

7. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

8. The Giver, by Lois Lowry

9. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

10. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell also received a high number of votes locally (but not enough to crack the Top 10).

I think, for the most part, we seem to be pretty close to the mainstream with our voting, with a few notable exceptions. I do wonder how much the unique nature of the brackets, as opposed to just regular-style voting, influenced our voting choices and whether they would have been significantly different if we had used another system.

To learn the final results for both the Great American Read and The Great Berryville Read, please join us at the Berryville Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, for a reveal party.

I’ll be announcing the book that won the Great Berryville Read here on the blog on Wednesday, October 24. In the meantime, be sure your voice is heard and vote, both nationally and locally!

What would your Top 10 be? Which book are you rooting for to win? Do you disagree with any of the finalists? Tell us in the comments!

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Author: berryvillelibrary

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