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The Monday Poll: Books That Refer to Other Books

Good morning, Hub readers!

Last week, we asked which movie based on a YA book was your favorite. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Harry Potter series won with The Hunger Games coming in a close second. After those two powerhouses, you chose Howl’s Moving Castle for third place. Holes and The Lord of the Rings also got shout-outs in the comments. You can see detailed results for this poll in the Polls Archive. Thanks to everyone who voted!

This week, we’re thinking meta, so we want to know which book that refers to another book within the story is your favorite. Vote in the poll below or add additional examples in the comments–I know this isn’t an exhaustive list!

Which book that refers to another book is your favorite?

  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (refers to A Wrinkle in Time) (44%, 47 Votes)
  • Paper Towns by John Green (refers to Leaves of Grass) (22%, 24 Votes)
  • The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner (refers to Of Mice and Men) (16%, 17 Votes)
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis (refers to Alice in Wonderland) (9%, 10 Votes)
  • King Dork by Frank Portman (refers to Catcher in the Rye) (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin (refers to Much Ado About Nothing) (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (refers to Lysistrata) (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 107

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  1. Lots of good choices, but I had to do with “When You Reach Me.” It didn’t just reference “A Wrinkle in Time.” It somehow made me love that classic even more. And “When You Reach Me” is a great book on its own!

  2. That was a tough choice between When You Reach Me and King Dork.

  3. You left out “Enthusiasm” (references “Pride & Prejudice”).

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