And the Survey Says… (Happy Anniversary, Family Feud!)

In honor of the Family Feud turning 36, we’re playing our own version with our HPB family. Are you ready to play?

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we’ve surveyed 3,000 HPB bibliomaniacs to compile various Top 40 lists, and the top five answers from some of our most popular ones are on the board. Let’s play!

What book should be required reading in all schools?

1. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

2. Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austin

3. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

4. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

5. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley


What sentimental love song do you call your own?

At Last, performed by Etta James

In Your Eyes, performed by Peter Gabriel

Unchained Melody, performed by the Righteous Brothers

Let’s Stay Together, performed by All Green

God Only Knows, performed by the Beach Boys


What book should every child read (or have read to them)?

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Skippyjon Jones, by Judy Schachner

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton

Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein

Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney


What book could you just not put down?

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card


What comic book hero do you cheer for?

Captain America

Wonder Woman





What book makes you LOL?

A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole

Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

Lamb, by Christopher Moore

Good Omens, by Meil Gaiman & Terry Prachett

You can find these books, music and more at your local HPB.  Don’t forget to continue to check out our “Favorite 40” lists each month as we continue to celebrate 40 years of loving books, and please sign our virtual birthday card to wish us a “Happy 40th.” It has been our pleasure to bring you the books and music you love, and we will continue to do so!

Are there any Top 40 lists you’d like to see us compile?

— Julie

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