Tuesday Thingers


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.


12 Responses

  1. Harry Potter is on a lot of our lists. I haven’t read any of them.

  2. My 12 year old will join you in the P&P fan club. She just finished it a couple of weeks ago and loved it.
    We’ve been indebted to HP since the books got 2 of our kids into reading when they were first struggling. We all loved them, though we each have our own favorite moments and scenes. I can understand not reading them if you just don’t get into it, though; it’s a lot to slog through just to join the masses.

  3. Leesy-

    It’s great that your kids are up-and-coming bibliophiles!

    I’d say my oldest daughter fell in love with reading when we read “Moby Dick” when she was about 7. She actually rooted for Captain Ahab!! My middle daughter is learning disabled, but loves reading (as best she can) any book on horses, and I was reading “Warrior Cats” with her, which I need to get back to. My youngest was hooked with “Junie B.” books. They all loved our last family read “The Giver”.

  4. Reading your comments about P&P and Mr. Darcy has me wondering if you’ve read Austenland by Shannon Hale. I just finished it last week, and it was really cute (nothing mind-boggling, but sweet and fun nonetheless).

  5. No, actually, I haven’t read any of the recent Austen-related books. I’ve heard good things about the Austen club book that’s been made into a movie. I recently read somewhere there’s a Dante club… I wonder if it’s by the same author. I’ll have to look into them when I’m done with my Jane-a-thon.

    Thanks, Traci!

  6. if you like jane Austen, try the Jane Austen mysteries by Stephanie Barron.

  7. I read P&P in high school, too, and was bored silly by it. I know what you’re thinking and I admit it – I was an idiot! When I re-read it a few years later, I was completely captivated. Now I can’t get enough Jane Austen – wish somebody could discover a trove of unpublished Austen manuscripts somewhere!

  8. I think when we are forced to read something and then disect the book to death, and worry about what grade we’re going to get for it, even the best books tend to fall flat. I remember reading “Lord of the Flies” and loving it, then getting a C on it and being devestated. Now, everytime I think see the book I remember the absolute love and crushing disappointment all at the same time. Lit classes can suck the life out of book joy.

  9. Your description of P&P is exactly how I would have described it – I have read it over and over. In fact, I did not read everything she wrote back then, because I just read P&P and S&S over and over. I just finished reading Emma on DailyLit.com

    Another interesting author that I read when quite young and loved was Booth Tarkington. My favorite book – Alice Adams.


  10. I also love P&P – I’ve got Emma coming up on one of my challenges next month, and it’s the last complete Austen novel left for me to read. I’m both sad and excited to read it, although I’ve heard that it isn’t quite as good as most of her others.

    Harry Potter is comfort reading, for me. There is plenty that is better out there, but something about that world just lets me fall in and feel content.

  11. HP&HBP was very good. Maybe my fav of the series 🙂 As for the last book, I’ve heard they’re splitting it into two movies. Even with that I’m not sure they’ll be able to fit all the info into them! The last one practically introduces another plot. I do hope you’re able to get back into them.

    That said, I too loved Mr. Darcy!! How could anyone not?

  12. With so many books out there calling our names, we do have to prioritize as to what is more important to us. Otherwise, our reading won’t be as meaningful to us.

    I love the Harry Potter series on many levels and am so glad I decided to take the plunge and read them. It’s also nice to know it’s over though too. Should I admit that? Haha

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