Today’s Question from Marie at The Boston Bibliophile: 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?
Okay, Does it have to still be in my library?
If not, then the most listed book on LT, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the most popular book in my virtual library. It is listed by an unbelievable 32,513 people. It’s mind boggling to think that many people in the world are clacking away on their keyboards, all the while a bespectacled boy with a scar stares out at all of them. I think there’s a book idea in that! I did read HP & tSS, twice actually, once for myself, and once to my kids. I am much impressed with J.K. Rawlings because was a single mom (as am I) with an idea for a book she truly loved (again, me too) and she has translated that into millions of dollars (*buzz* got me there, but I’m working on it). The story is obviously great, or it wouldn’t be on VCRs, DVDs, spoofs, legos, computer games, and printed in over 64 languages. Part of the Potter appeal is that he is just an ordinary boy, albeit magically inclined, with everday friends and bullies, who is just trying to find where and how he fits in the world. Because of his rough start in life, we all get behind him. Add the fancy of magical powers, trolls, and quidditch into the brew, and it is something to which all kids relate and of which they can dream they are a part.
However, if it has to be something physically sitting on my shelf, then Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is my most popular book. Incidently, I’ve had to put my Jane-a-thon on hold to finish a few library books and half-read-but-already-mooched books. It is listed by 19,595 LibraryThingers. I read P&P when I was a senior in high school and fell in love with the beauty and romanticism of the 19th century England presented. I fell madly in love with Mr. Darcy, and knew underneath all that condescension and snobbery, he was just a lonely little boy wanting loved. I wanted to BE Elizabeth Bennet.
The most popular book that I don’t have is Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which is listed by 29,960 people. I have read the first five books in the Hogwarts series, but I’ve never read the last two. Part of the reason was the big stink about the witchcraft and the church, but mostly I haven’t read it because I had lost interest in “The Boy Who Lived”. Maybe I’ll pick it up before the movie comes out… I actually did borrow it from one of my kid’s friends and read about three pages of it. The biggest reason I don’t take it up now is because I have so many books on Mt. TBR that I would a-whole lot rather read than this pop-pulp.