What’s the most popular book in your library? Have you read it? What did you think? How many users have it? What’s the most popular book you don’t have? How does a book’s popularity figure into your decisions about what to read?
I’m actually going to list my top 6 books (mostly because that is how long I think it takes before they become interesting:
- Three Harry Potters
- The Da Vinci Code
- The Hobbit
- Another Harry Potter
- Pride and Prejudice
The Harry Potters and The Da Vinci Code are both fairly obvious as to why they the most popular. All of those are compelling reads. Sure, Harry Potter is much better than The Da Vinci code, but they can all be fairly fun. I wouldn’t actually still own The Da Vinci Code if I thought anyone would want to take it off of my hands, but I need to acquire the other 3 Harry Potters.
The Hobbit is also not surprising. Based on my purely informal polling, Tolkein is the most popular author among guys in the United States. The Hobbit is a more accessible (read: not so boring) read than Lord of the Rings, so it is reasonable that it is a more popular book.
1984. Now there’s a great book. Interesting that one of the most popular books in my library is a dystopian novel. I wouldn’t have thought that dystopia would be one of the most popular. However, 1984 is one of those ‘classics’ that everyone has to read in high school. It is also a good enough read that people would want to own it after reading it in high school. Or, at least, there is enough sex in it that high schoolers would want to keep it.
Pride and Prejudice just shows the strength of the Jane Austen contingent on LibraryThing. I’m so glad that I read this book recently, because I never knew how fantastic and funny Austen is.