Aproximately 37,400 LibraryThing members, myself included, have a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1) listed in their LT libraries – it’s the #1 book on LibraryThing overall, and has an average rating of 4.23, based on 364 reviews (just under 1% of holders) (thanks to Bermudaonion for inspiring me to include those additional statistics!). I’ve read it at least twice, but since I consider it the most “kid-lit” of the Harry Potter books, it’s my least favorite in the series. It’s essential for background, though, and anyone who enters the Potterverse has to read it sometime.
The seven most popular/shared books in my LT library are the Harry Potter books, actually. Interestingly enough, though, they don’t decline in popularity by order of publication; the second-most popular book in the series is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6), followed by my personal favorite, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5). The series finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7), comes in last, with a 11,275-copy drop-off from Book 1. Is that an indicator of how many people didn’t stick around to see how it ended? I have to wonder.
I noticed that the most popular book a few other Tuesday Thingers responders have is Pride and Prejudice, which ranks at #10 on LibraryThing overall. That comes in just after the Harry Potter books on my list, so if P&P is your most popular LT book, does that mean you aren’t a fan of Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code (which is more popular than Deathly Hallows, breaking J.K. Rowling’s hold on the top tier of LibraryThing), or The Hobbit? Or are you like me, and you just haven’t entered your copies in your LT library yet? To be honest, I just plain forgot to list my copy of The Hobbit. I never had any intention of acknowledging my copy of The Da Vinci Code.
5 for Favorites – Booking Through Thursday
I don’t like to play favorites, and I always fumble when asked to pin down my single favorite author/book/movie/song/whatever…how can you pick just one? (And what if people think your choice is weird?) But from the “favorite authors” section of my LibraryThing profile, here are five: Michael Chabon, Jasper Fforde, J. K. Rowling, Christopher Moore, and Jodi Picoult.
I don’t think so. I would have said “yes” regarding Rowling, but she’s written some supplemental books related to Harry Potter (but not part of the narrative) that I haven’t read. I haven’t read Picoult’s latest (from earlier this year) since I wait for her books to come out in paperback. When I finish Thursday Next: First Among Sequels, which I’m just past halfway through now, I will have read all of Jasper Fforde’s books – until Shades of Grey comes out next year, at any rate.
I really couldn’t get into Chabon’s Summerland, and I’ve definitely liked some of Picoult’s books better than others.
Anita Shreve – sorry, but every one of her books that I’ve read has annoyed me in one way or another (and the fact that I can’t put them down just makes them more annoying!)
No one comes to mind right now, but that’s a good question! Maybe Joyce Carol Oates, but I think that’s really a case of wanting to like her books more than I do – she’s kind of hit-or-miss for me.
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
I liked this week’s BTT format, even if I don’t like playing favorites! Maybe you do, though – care to answer any of these questions in the comments?
A note from Janet:
And…here we go!
1. Snow is pretty rare around these parts (and a good thing too, because people can barely drive in good weather).
2. I’m looking forward to giving myself a LONG weekend (Thursday-Monday) next week – and NOT having it involve moving!
3. Gypsy is the best dog ever! (Well, some of the time she is…but Tall Girl would say she always is!)
4. One of my favorite old tv shows is I Love Lucy – it’s still funny!
5. I’m done with having babies (well, technically it could still happen – but it had better not!).
6. The most enjoyable thing around the holidays is seeing the lights and decorations while driving around town in the evening.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to nothing in particular, tomorrow my plans include not much, because I haven’t really made them yet and Sunday, I want to put up the Christmas tree, if we don’t do it on Saturday!
Surely your weekend plans are more interesting than mine – but then again, I think I’m due for a fairly quiet one, so not having a lot of interesting plans is actually OK with me!
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