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Best books for the next generation: Harry Potter – and "The 9/11 Commission Report"?

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(Read caption) Readers surveyed most often cited the Harry Potter books as good reads for the next generation.

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It should surprise no one to see Harry Potter's name on the top of any book list these days. So it seems more or less normal that more that 1,000 British readers – ages 16 to 64 – most often mentioned J.K. Rowling's boy-wizard series when asked about books they hoped the next generation would read. But who would have expected to see "The 9/11 Commission Report" as No. 7 in the Top 10?

And yet there it is. The BBC is reporting that a survey commissioned to mark World Book Day asked readers all across Britain to name the bestselling book of the past decade that they would most want to give to young people.

In addition to "Harry Potter," the list of the 10 books most often cited includes other works of popular fiction – "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown (No. 2), "Twilight," by Stephenie Meyer (No. 5), and "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini (No. 6).


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