As construction finished on the new library that looks over Centenary Square in Birmingham, England, the final addition was the 400,000 books that will have to be on the shelves for the September 3 grand opening. It is estimated that 1,100 crates will be brought into the library every day for three months – 66,000 crates in all. Placed end to end, the library’s books would stretch from Birmingham to Edinburgh.
The library asked readers on Twitter to pick the first book that would be placed in the library on Monday, April 29. Considering the author’s strong links to Birmingham, and the recent release of Peter Jackson’s first film, it should come as no surprise that The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien won that honor!
Here is the list of the top ten books chosen by reader:
1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Rotters Club by Jonathan Coe
3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
4. Paradise Lost by John Milton
5. Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson
6. King James Bible
7. Talking Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah
8. John Madin: A Biography
9. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
10. 1984 by George Orwell
Sadly, no other books by Tolkien made the list. What would you choose as your Top Ten?