Facebook users have apparently been participating in a trending status update that asks readers to list the ten books that have stayed with them. Facebook compiled the data submitted and came up with 100 books that top the list. Holding the #1 spot is J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. That's followed by To Kill A Mockingbird, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Facebook shared some data on how they compiled the list and a few notable technicalities about their findings. We'll get to that in a bit. First check out the impressive list of books below, which include classics like Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, The Holy Bible and George Orwell's 1984, and newer books and series, like The Hunger Games and The Fault in our Stars. Not to be left out are the works of popular authors Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon and Dan Brown.

Here's the top 100 books, including "a percentage of all lists (having at least one of the top 500 books) that contained them). Harry Potter holds the top spot:
21.08 Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
14.48 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
13.86 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
7.48 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
7.28 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
7.21 The Holy Bible
5.97 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
5.82 The Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins
5.70 The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
5.63 The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
5.61 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
5.37 1984 - George Orwell
5.26 Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
5.23 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
5.11 The Stand - Stephen King
4.95 Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
4.38 A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
4.27 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
4.05 The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
4.01 The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
21 3.95 Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
22 3.88 The Giver - Lois Lowry
23 3.67 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
24 3.53 Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
25 3.39 The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
26 3.38 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
27 3.38 The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
28 3.32 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
29 3.26 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
30 3.22 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
31 3.21 The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
32 3.15 Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
33 3.15 Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
34 3.12 Animal Farm - George Orwell
35 3.08 The Book of Mormon
36 3.05 The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
37 3.02 Dune - Frank Herbert
38 2.98 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
39 2.83 The Autobiography of Malcolm X
40 2.78 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
41 2.72 The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
42 2.68 The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
43 2.68 On the Road - Jack Kerouac
44 2.58 Lamb - Christopher Moore
45 2.54 Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
46 2.53 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
47 2.52 Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
48 2.45 The Help - Kathryn Stockett
49 2.44 The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
50 2.42 American Gods - Neil Gaiman
51 2.41 Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls
52 2.39 Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
53 2.38 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
54 2.35 Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
55 2.31 The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
56 2.31 Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
57 2.29 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
58 2.24 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 2.21 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
60 2.21 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
61 2.16 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
62 2.12 Night - Elie Wiesel
63 2.12 The Dark Tower Series - Stephen King
64 2.07 Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
65 1.92 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
66 1.89 A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
67 1.88 The Art of War - Sun Tzu
68 1.85 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
69 1.85 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
70 1.83 The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
71 1.78 The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
72 1.76 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
73 1.75 Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
74 1.73 The Road - Cormac McCarthy
75 1.72 Watership Down - Richard Adams
76 1.72 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
77 1.68 Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein
78 1.65 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
79 1.65 A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin
80 1.65 Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
81 1.64 Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
82 1.63 The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
83 1.62 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
84 1.62 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
85 1.61 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
86 1.58 The Shack - William P. Young
87 1.56 Watchmen - Alan Moore
88 1.55 Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice
89 1.54 The Odyssey - Homer
90 1.54 The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende
91 1.53 The Stranger - Albert Camus
92 1.52 Call of the Wild - Jack London
93 1.51 The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
94 1.51 Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
95 1.50 East of Eden - John Steinbeck
96 1.50 Matilda - Roald Dahl
97 1.49 The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
98 1.47 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
99 1.45 Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
100 1.45 Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Keep in mind, no one is stating that these are "the best" books in all of history or the greatest works of literature ever, simply the top books people listed in response to some version of the following Facebook status:
List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. 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.

These are the books that have stayed with people. That also explains the number of children's books on there -- hooray for Shel Silverstein! -- as many of us tend to have fond associations to books we read (or were read to us) as children. According to the data Facebook shared, along with this list, 63.7% of the people posting were in the US, followed by 9.3%in India, and 6.3% in the UK. Women who participated outnumbered men 3.1:1. The average age was 37. The list was compiled from data over a two-week stretch of time in August, though Facebook notes that the meme/trending status has been active for at least year.

It's also worth noting, as Facebook does explain in the post they did sharing the list, that list entries like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Stephen King's Dark Tower books and Chronicles of Narnia are series and therefore represent multiple books, as opposed to one book. Facebook says they clustered books that were part of series. So that presumably means if someone put Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on their list, and another person put Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, while a third person put Harry Potter, all three entries would fall under "Harry Potter series."

So it sounds like series had an advantage here, as it relates to their placement on the list. But with that said, I think it's worth noting that these series contain an ongoing story that moves from one book to the next and would therefore require a bigger time commitment and level of personal investment, which is a mark of just how beloved they actually are, especially when considering the high placement of some of them. That is, assuming those who included a series or a book from a series have actually read the full series. But if the book made their list, it seems like a fair bet that they read the complete series, right?

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