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Changes in the Top 100 nation’s favourite reads as closing date draws near

“We don’t need to have just one favourite. We keep adding favorites. Our favourite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favourites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favourites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.”
—      Lloyd Alexander, on the subject of favourite books.

There are just 2 days left to nominate your personal list of accumulated favourites for World Book Night 2012. The top 100 keeps shifting as more and more people add theirs. So far, votes have been cast for 7000 different titles, but the organisers want as many people as possible to tell them about their favourites.

Casting your votes is easy: the hard part is to pick your favourites. Author Neil Gaiman compares picking five favourite books to “picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.” But he is an American – I hope your soul-searching is not quite so painful.

1. Go to
2. Register or sign in (and you can also sign in with
your Facebook profile if you’d rather)
3. Search for your favourite books and add them to your list (you don’t have to choose 10, you can just choose a

The top 100 will be released at the beginning of September and it is those books that will inform the choice of the editorial selection
committee, chaired by bestselling novelist Tracy Chevalier.