Books Loved by People

Books Loved by People

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Books Loved by People

Over the past few weeks, Facebook users have been responding to a viral status asking people to list “10 books that have stayed with you in some way.”

The instructions typically say: “Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be the ‘right’ books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.”

To see which books were cited most frequently, Facebook data researchers combed through 130,000 status updates matching “10 books” or “ten books” in the last two weeks of August. Nearly 64% of the responses came from the U.S., while 9.3% from India and 6.3% from the U.K. Women posted three times more than men, and the average age of those posting was 37.

Books Loved by People

Facebook compiled a list of the top 100 books, but here’s the top 10 along with the percentage of all updates that contained the book title. Lada Adamic and Pinkesh Patel have reported on ‘Books Stay with us’ here at
https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-data-science/books-that-have-stayed-with-us/10152511240328859

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Here are the top 20 books, along with a percentage of all lists (having at least one of the top 500 books) that contained them.

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

Books Loved by People

Finally, the remaining top 100 books were:

21 3.95 Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
22 3.88 The Giver – Lois Lowry
23 3.67 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
24 3.53 Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
25 3.39 The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
26 3.38 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
27 3.38 The Eye of the World – Robert Jordan
28 3.32 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
29 3.26 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
30 3.22 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
31 3.21 The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
32 3.15 Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
33 3.15 Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
34 3.12 Animal Farm – George Orwell
35 3.08 The Book of Mormon
36 3.05 The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
37 3.02 Dune – Frank Herbert
38 2.98 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
39 2.83 The Autobiography of Malcolm X
40 2.78 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
41 2.72 The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
42 2.68 The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
43 2.68 On the Road – Jack Kerouac
44 2.58 Lamb – Christopher Moore
45 2.54 Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
46 2.53 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
47 2.52 Good Omens – Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
48 2.45 The Help – Kathryn Stockett
49 2.44 The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
50 2.42 American Gods – Neil Gaiman
51 2.41 Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
52 2.39 Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
53 2.38 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
54 2.35 Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
55 2.31 The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
56 2.31 Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
57 2.29 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
58 2.24 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 2.21 A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
60 2.21 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
61 2.16 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
62 2.12 Night – Elie Wiesel
63 2.12 The Dark Tower Series – Stephen King
64 2.07 Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
65 1.92 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
66 1.89 A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
67 1.88 The Art of War – Sun Tzu
68 1.85 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
69 1.85 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
70 1.83 The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
71 1.78 The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
72 1.76 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
73 1.75 Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
74 1.73 The Road – Cormac McCarthy
75 1.72 Watership Down – Richard Adams
76 1.72 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
77 1.68 Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein
78 1.65 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
79 1.65 A Song of Ice and Fire – George R. R. Martin
80 1.65 Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume
81 1.64 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
82 1.63 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
83 1.62 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
84 1.62 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
85 1.61 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
86 1.58 The Shack – William P. Young
87 1.56 Watchmen – Alan Moore
88 1.55 Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
89 1.54 The Odyssey – Homer
90 1.54 The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
91 1.53 The Stranger – Albert Camus
92 1.52 Call of the Wild – Jack London
93 1.51 The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
94 1.51 Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
95 1.50 East of Eden – John Steinbeck
96 1.50 Matilda – Roald Dahl
97 1.49 The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
98 1.47 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig
99 1.45 Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
100 1.45 Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

As September is the celebration that calls for Banned Books, the list definitely gives insight to reading habits and surprizingly, there are many great ‘serious’ books on the list. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy makes an appearance at #7, and Harry Potter reigns supreme (although enjoying the advantage that it was most often referred to as a series and the clustering algorithm lumped all Harry Potter books into the same cluster). Stephen King’s dark novels have stayed with their readers as well (The Stand at #14 and the Dark Tower series at #64). In the complete list of the top 100, included at the end of this post, we see a number of children’s books appear as well. Although these may not normally be considered great works of literature, they tend to stay with us through the decades. In particular, two of Shel Silverstein’s books (the Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends) make it into the top 100, as does the Little Prince.

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