The 100 books mentioned most often in the ongoing Top 10 Reads meme
This was inevitable.
Over the last two weeks, we’ve been enjoying a peek into our friends’ reading habits with their lists of 10 Favourite/Most Influential books. Slowly but surely, we have honed in on two inconvertible facts:
1. Most of us (including the MBRB girls, unfortunately); read the most influential books of our lives before they turned18. That is why these lists had so many classic adolescent favourites (1984, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird, Catch 22). These books are not Young Adult, per se, but most people do first borrow them from their school/undergrad libraries, and it is amazing how they remain a more potent influence than all the books you read in the years after!
2. There is NO way so many of our friends have finished War and Peace! What is it about that book which makes people add it to their lists?
Anyway, the Facebook guys have done you one better and crunched the data to find out which 100 books were mentioned most often in these lists. You can simper at the exclusivity of your own choices , or enjoy this list of Top 20 and see what it says about the world we live in (the second number displays the % from the sample population that mentioned this particular book).
- 21.08 Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
- 14.48 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
- 13.86 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
- 7.48 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
- 7.28 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
- 7.21 The Holy Bible
- 5.97 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
- 5.82 The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins
- 5.70 The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
- 5.63 The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
- 5.61 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- 5.37 1984 – George Orwell
- 5.26 Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
- 5.23 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
- 5.11 The Stand – Stephen King
- 4.95 Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
- 4.38 A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
- 4.27 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
- 4.05 The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
- 4.01 The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
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