Anyone looking for a great book to read this summer read would benefit from a scroll through the comments sections of our Mockingbird post and contest. More than 300 readers have contributed their thoughts on which contemporary books will still be highly regarded 100 years from now.

An unofficial tabulation shows Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel The Help as the runaway top choice of Book Case readers, once again demonstrating the book's broad-based appeal. Linda writes, "I believe THE HELP will become a classic — to be read and studied in classes and in book clubs for generations to come. 100 years from now it will be interesting to see how much progress we have made when it comes to race relations. Hopefully, nobody will believe people treated other people this way!" June writes, "I agree that The Help is a 'must read.' We who lived in the Northern part of the U.S. were not really aware of the injustices in the South during that period. A lesson in that book for all!" And we loved this comment from Morgan: "Without a doubt I would pick The Help as my new classic. Skeeter Phelan is Scout Finch all grown up and she isn’t about to let anyone tell her what is right or wrong, she already knows it! I have been in the book business for 8+ years and have not found a book since To Kill a Mockingbird that I have fallen in love with this much, it will be a classic!"

Though there are far too many choices to list them all here, these are some of the other contemporary books that have received mentions from multiple readers:

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Beach Music by Pat Conroy
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Gilead and Home by Marilynne Robinson
The Road and Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

It's interesting to see how our reader list overlaps (or doesn't) with The Millions list of books that have won the most literary prizes from 1995 to the present. Edward P. Jones' novel The Known World tops the prize list but was chosen by only one of our readers, while Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections is second on the prizewinners list, but didn't get a mention from any of our readers (though it would certainly be on my own list of future classics. Could there be a book that better captures the waning days of the 20th century?)

The contest closes Monday, so there's still time to add your thoughts.

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