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Only A Real Book Lover Would Know When These Books Were First Published

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The Great American Read compiled a list of the top 100 books Americans love the most. But do you know when they were published? Here are a few to test your knowledge:

  1. <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone</i> by J.K. Rowling
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    1707
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    Incorrect
    1897
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    Incorrect
    1997
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    Incorrect
    2017
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The first Harry Potter novel was originally released in the U.K. in 1997, but was later released in the U.S. in 1998.

  2. <i>Twilight</i> by Stephanie Meyer
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    1985
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    Incorrect
    1995
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    Incorrect
    2005
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    2015
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Though published in 2005, Twilight would go on to be the best selling novel of 2008, when the movie was released.

  3. <i>Gone Girl</i> by Gillian Flynn
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    Incorrect
    1982
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1992
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    Incorrect
    2002
    Correct
    Incorrect
    2012
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    After it's debut, the New York Times dubbed Gone Girl, "the year’s biggest literary phenomenon for a book not containing the words 'Fifty Shades' in its title."

  4. <i>Americanah</i> by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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    Incorrect
    1713
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1813
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1913
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    Incorrect
    2013
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Amazon sales for Americanah shot up after Beyonce sampled a lecture Adichie gave on "***Flawless."

  5. <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> by J.R.R. Tolkien
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    Incorrect
    1954
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1984
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    Incorrect
    2004
    Correct
    Incorrect
    2014
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Lord of the Rings was released in three volumes between 1954 and 1955.

  6. <i>To Kill A Mocking Bird</i> by Harper Lee
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    Incorrect
    1880
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1960
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1990
    Correct
    Incorrect
    2010
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Though Lee's editorial team didn't expect the book to do well, To Kill a Mockingbird has sold over 40 million copies since its publication and has never been out of print.

  7. <i>The Joy Luck Club</i> by Amy Tan
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    Incorrect
    1901
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1939
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1965
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1989
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Despite selling over 110,000 copies within the first month of publication, Tan once reported that Margaret Thatcher had confused her with Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans.

  8. <i>The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe</i> by C.S. Lewis
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    Incorrect
    1850
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1900
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1950
    Correct
    Incorrect
    2000
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Though it was published first, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is considered to be the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia series.

  9. <i>The Color Purple</i> by Alice Walker
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1902
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1952
    Correct
    Incorrect
    1982
    Correct
    Incorrect
    2012
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Little Brown & Co. rejected The Color Purple, which would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize and become a bestseller.

  10. <i>Things Fall Apart</i> by Chinua Achebe
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    Incorrect
    1708
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    Incorrect
    1858
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    Incorrect
    1898
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    Incorrect
    1958
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Things Fall Apart has sold over 50 million copies since its debut and helped to change the West's perception of African literature.

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