It only took a few hours for Susan Orlean to find out from thousands of people the books that changed their world. And she didn't even ask. Due to the magic of twitter, she just mentioned that Ron Hansen's book, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford had changed her world and within minutes people were responding with what books had changed theirs.
The most popular tweet now was from twitter user jozegr8: "#booksthatchangedmyworld The Bible"
Apart from that, the list was composed, for the most part, of predictable classics: Pride and Prejudice, Slaughterhouse-Five, Crime and Punishment. A handful of classics for young readers made an appearance as well: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Giver, and The Wind in the Willows.
Of the popularity of the trending topic, Orlean had this to say on her New Yorker blog Free Range: "#booksthatchangedmyworld was encouraging evidence that we all love to talk about the books we love, and we love being the matchmaker between a book we love and someone who hasn’t yet discovered it. Even if books become microchip implants or streaming Bluetooth torrents, I believe, and hope, that impulse will never change."