I read an article yesterday about the Top 100 most popular books in the UK.
I like lists. I enjoy seeing how I conform, or more often than not, don’t conform to everyone else. So how was this list compiled? Well, according to the Metro:
Researchers trawled literary forums and websites to compile a list of the best-loved books in the country.
The study was commissioned by the website bookmarkyourlibrary.org.uk to encourage people back into libraries.
Spokeswoman Elisabeth Robinson said: ‘No doubt literary aficionados will object to the likes of titles by Katie Price and Russell Brand appearing in the list.
‘But our view is that as long as people are picking up books and reading that has to be a positive thing.’
I’m not sure on the scientific value of this list, I would have thought a survey more appropriate. I do agree with anything to keep people reading books.
I did have a poke about the bookmarkyourlibrary website to link back to them, but couldn’t find anything on this commission. I’m sure the Metro didn’t make it up. Anyway, here is their top ten:
1) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
2) The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien
3) The Bible
4) The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
5) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling
6) The Official Highway Code – Department for Transport
7) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
8) Fifty Shades of Grey – E L James
9) To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
10) Lord of the Rings: Return of the King – JRR Tolkein
So JK Rowling and JRR Tolkein make it into the Top 10 twice, but a big shout out to the Department for Transport.
Go the Highway Code!
I’ve read that, obviously. To drive safely on the roads is important if you want to go from A to B and arrive without the need to attend via H, the hospital.
I’ve also read #7 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe albeit a few decades ago when a child, and #9 To Kill A Mockingbird, which I read a few years ago.
Of the other 90, I’ve read The Hunger Games, The Catcher in the Rye, The Lovely Bones, The Picture of Dorian Grey and the Lord of the Flies (again as a school kid). Looking at some of the other titles on the list, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on them. Some are by serious writers. Others, well, not so serious.
Overall, I’m happy with my EIGHT out of 100. There are some that I want to read, Stieg Larsson is waiting on my Kindle, but most of the others will never cross my TBR pile.
If you’ve seen the list, what do you think? An accurate representation of what your bookshelves look like?
If you haven’t seen the full list, it is available on the Metro website HERE. (The Metro is a free newspaper in certain areas of the UK – Not sure who does and doesn’t have access to this. You can pick it up on the bus and at train stations. They even use WORDPRESS to host their website.)
Do you look at lists like the Top 100 of anything and see how you score?
Off topic, this is the view from our back door this morning. MORE OF THE WHITE STUFF! Spring has sprung. Apparently 🙂
Thanks for reading.