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Reflections

Eager reader of history, mystery, classics, biographies, steampunk, lit fic, science, scifi, and etc. My reviews are mostly positive--I rarely finish or write about books I don't enjoy. My TBR is too high for that.

America's favorite book is no longer The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code  - Dan Brown Gone with the Wind - Pat Conroy, Margaret Mitchell The Stand - Stephen King Moby Dick - Herman Melville Atlas Shrugged - Leonard Peikoff, Ayn Rand Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

According to a Harris Poll America's favorite books are moving away from best sellers and towards classics.  Here is a link to a NY Times article about the poll: NYTimesLink  And here are the results:

 

TABLE 1

FAVORITE BOOK

"Who is your favorite book of all time?"

Unprompted responses

Base: All adults

 

2008

2014

The Bible

1

1

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

2

2

Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

4

3

The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien 

3

4

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

7

5

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

*

6

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

10

7

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

*

8

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

*

9

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

*

10

DROPPED OFF OF LIST IN 2014

The Stand by Stephen King (was No. 5), The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (was No. 6) Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (was No. 8) and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (was No. 9)

 

TABLE 2

TOP BOOK AMONG DIFFERENT GROUPS AFTER THE BIBLE

AMONG:

2014

Men

The Lord of the Rings (series)

Women

Gone with the Wind

 

Millennials (18-36)

Harry Potter (series)

Gen X (37-48)

The Lord of the Rings (series)

Baby Boomers (49-67)

Gone with the Wind

Matures (68+)

Gone with the Wind

 

White

Gone with the Wind

Black/African American

Moby Dick

Hispanic

The Great Gatsby

 

Republicans

Gone with the Wind

Democrats

Gone with the Wind

Independents

Gone with the Wind

 

Conservatives

Gone with the Wind

Moderates

Gone with the Wind

Liberals

Harry Potter (series)

   

East

The Lord of the Rings (series)

Midwest

Gone with the Wind

South

Gone with the Wind

West

Harry Potter (series)

   

High School or less

Gone with the Wind

Some College

Gone with the Wind

College Graduate

Gone with the Wind

Post Graduate

The Lord of the Rings (series)

Source: http://jaylia3.booklikes.com/post/869871/america-s-favorite-book-is-no-longer-the-da-vinci-code