If you’re an active Facebook user who likes to participate in those random surveys (I simply MUST know which character from Sex in the City I am most like!), then you perhaps also took part in the one that asked you to list 10 books that have “stayed with you in some way.” Although… if you are a “Samantha”, perhaps reading isn’t really your thing. *Ahem* I swear, I’ve never watched the show.
But if you did participate, then you were among thousands of users who participated, giving the social media site access to more than 130,000 status updates from the last two weeks of August 2014.
Facebook employees Lada Admaic and Pinkesh Patel detailed their research through a Facebook post, published Monday.
The demographics of those posting were as follows: 63.7% were in the US, followed by 9.3% in India, and 6.3% in the UK. Women outnumbered men 3.1:1. The average age was 37. We therefore expect the books chosen to be reflective of this subset of the population.
The following are the top 50 results of the most chosen works. It seems like a lot of 30-somethings are most influenced by teen novels (whether ones they had to read in high school or recreational YA fantasy novels). Which says something about our generation I suppose. I’m not saying it’s necessarily good or bad. Hey, who am I to bash people’s tastes? But I can’t help but say I’m a little disappointed in the lack of Nabokov’s, Chekhov’s, Kafka’s, Hesse’s and Hemingway’s. Although, it’s made up by the fact that 50 Shades of Gray did not make the cut.
1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. The Lord of the Rings Series by JRR Tolkien
4. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
6. The Holy Bible
7. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
8. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
9. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger