Posted on July 14, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Two new book lists caught our eyes this past week.

One came from Reader's Digest, which compiled a list (unranked?) of the 100 best books of all time.

RD describes the list, which contains titles from across genres and eras, as compiling "best sellers, award winners, and books that are highly rated by readers and critics alike," though you are certainly welcome to note BookRiot's issues with certain selections.

A more objective top-book list comes from WordTips: the most assigned female authors and novels written by women in American college classes.

The list-makers considered more than 300,000 English literature syllabi to determine that, once again, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is the most frequently assigned. 

(That's been true of assignments, period, regardless of author gender.)

Next are Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and Beloved by Toni Morrison.

When simply considering authors, Virginia Woolf is the most read overall, with Toni Morrison being tops when you only look at Ivy League schools.

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