Top 100 books loved by Facebook users

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Facebook announces top 100 books that users were sharing in their status updates.

A year ago Facebook started to ask their users to share 10 books that have stayed with them in some way. “Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard,” the goal was not to name great works of literature, but books straight from the heart.

During this summer the action has become a true Facebook meme. Hundreds of thousands of users were sharing lists of their favorite books. You’ve  most probably seen them already, maybe took part.

The trend has become so huge that Facebook Data Science decided to analyze the data, and come back with the results in a post Books that have stayed with us.

They gathered 130,000 status updates matching “10 books” or “ten books”, appearing in the second half of August 2014. Three times more women than men took part in the action at that time.

Obviously, the list includes only the books collected from English language status updates. 63.7% come from the US, 9.3% from India, and 6.3% from the UK. 

You’ll find the entire list at the end of the post, but before, have a look at a very interesting visualization (click or tap on it to enlarge). It shows how the books were connected with each other. The simple rule applied: people who listed X also listed Y.

I wish this data chart was interactive, like some of the wonderful book visualizations we shared some time ago.

So, what are 10 books that have stayed with you in some way? Don’t think too much, just write them down, straight from the heart.

Top 100 #books loved by Facebook users

Top 100 books loved by Facebook users

With a percentage of all lists that contained them.

  1. 21.08 Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
  2. 14.48 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  3. 13.86 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  4. 7.48  The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  5. 7.28  Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  6. 7.21  The Holy Bible
  7. 5.97  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  8. 5.82  The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins
  9. 5.70  The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  10. 5.63  The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
  11. 5.61  The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  12. 5.37  1984 – George Orwell
  13. 5.26  Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  14. 5.23  Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  15. 5.11  The Stand – Stephen King
  16. 4.95  Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  17. 4.38  A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  18. 4.27  The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  19. 4.05  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
  20. 4.01  The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  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

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