Mashable Facebook has discovered its users 100 most influential books by analyzing data from a viral meme.
The year-old meme was a simple request: Ask friends to list, in their status, 10 books that have "stayed with [them] in some way."
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"Don't take more than a few minutes and don't think too hard. They do not have to be the 'right' books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way," the directions specified.
Thousands of users participated, giving the social media site access to more than 130,000 status updates from the last two weeks of August 2014.
Facebook employees Lada Admaic and Pinkesh Patel detailed their research through a Facebook post, published Monday.
The demographics of those posting were as follows: 63.7% were in the US, followed by 9.3% in India, and 6.3% in the UK. Women outnumbered men 3.1:1. The average age was 37. We therefore expect the books chosen to be reflective of this subset of the population.
Unsurprisingly, the Harry Potter series topped the list, having sold more than 400 million copies worldwide and catapulting a cult-like fan base. Other fantasy novels dominated, including Lord of the Rings (3) and The Chronicles of Narnia (10). Several classics made the cut, from Little Women (13) to Catch 22 (68), as well as a few children's classics like Matilda (96) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (77). And, of course, best-selling Young Adult novels like The Fault in Our Stars (42) made the list.
Interestingly enough, George R.R. Martin's series A Song of Ice and Fire only snagged spot 79, despite the enormous popularity of the TV show. And (thankfully) 50 Shades of Grey was nowhere to be found...