The Online Computer Library Center has just released results of a survey of libraries across the nation to find out the Top 100 novels of all time.

What a project! And what do you think ranked at the top? Something by Preston? Something by Grisham? Gabaldin? Nora Roberts?

Not even close if those names came to mind.

The OCLC determined the Top 100 by asking libraries across the nation to name the books that had been on their shelves the longest and that would remain there, to be replaced if missing.

So, here’s the top 5:

No. 5: “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson

No. 4: “Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain

No. 3: “Huck Finn” by Mark Twain

No. 2: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll

And, drum roll, please: At No. 1: “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes

Would those be your choices? Let me know.

By the way, you can find the complete list at