Harry Potter tops list of Facebook users favourite books

San Francisco: The popular Harry Potter series by author J K Rowling remains most people’s favourite choice even years after it first came out in 1998 and has topped the lists of books that people around the world have shared in a viral take-it-forward meme on Facebook. It’s followed by ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.

The meme states:  “List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. 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.”

Facebook users have apparently been participating in a trending status update that asks readers to list the ten books that have stayed with them. Facebook compiled the data submitted and came up with 100 books that top the list.

The Facebook Data Science team used anonymous, aggregate data to achieve these results. The team gathered 130,000 statuses that included the words “10 books” or “ten books” during the last two weeks of August 2014. The demographics of the results were 63.7% American, 9.3 % Indian and 6.3% British. The majority of status updates came from women, and the average age of users in the data was 37.

The team also computed how many titles were shared among lists linked by tags of Facebook friends. They found that Facebook friends only share 0.4 books in common on average, compared to an average of 0.1 books shared between two random lists.

Here are the top 10 books along with their percentages:

1. The “Harry Potter” series by J K Rowling – 21.08%

2. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee – 14.48%

3. “The Lord of the Rings” by J R R Tolkien – 13.86%

4. “The Hobbit” by J R R Tolkien 7.48%

5. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen 7.28%

6. The Holy Bible – 7.21%

7. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams 5.97%

8. “The Hunger Games” Trilogy by Suzanne Collins 5.82%

9. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J D Salinger 5.70%

10. “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C S Lewis 5.63%


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