Best loved books 2009/10?

Best loved books 2009/10?

Some interesting stats sent to me by my man Peter Collingridge at Apt Studios about a month or so ago, based on a little site they launched a year ago today called  Bookseer. The site was built as a bit of a lark, based on the Book Industry Conference's Bookaholic idea. It's pretty simple: you plug in what book you've just finished reading and it spits out recommendations from Amazon, LibraryThing and other booky websites. 

Built as a joke, perhaps, but some impressive hits: for the first 10 months, Bookseer had 739,565 visits, 592,969 of which are absolutely unique. There have been 104,883 different titles recommended. Here’s where the visitors come from:

519,249 from the US (mostly California, then New York, then Texas)
47,879 from Canada (really evenly spread out actually)
42,143 from the UK (overwhelmingly, London)
Then it’s Brazil, Australia, Russia, Germany, Ireland

Here are the top ten books entered onto Bookseer:

Twilight (15,260 requests made)
Harry Potter (11,438)
The Help (6,945)
1984 (6,510)
The Road (4,286)
On The Road (2,195)
Breaking Dawn (3,559)
The Time Traveler’s Wife (3,381)
Pride and Prejudice (3,176)
The Bible (2,859)

And rounding out the top 25:

Fight Club
The Lovely Bones
Enders Game
Catcher in the Rye
My Sisters Keeper
The Lost Symbol
The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Atlas Shrugged
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Water for Elephants
Brave New World
The Book Thief
The Great Gatsby
Lord of the Rings

My first thought in seeing this was: Texas? Who knew people read books there (besides the Bible)? But you can see a bit of the American influence. Water for Elephants and The Perks of Being a Wallflower have been huge hits in the States, but have not made all that much of an impact here. As Collingride mentions in his blog on this, it looks like a list of not so much what people have just finished reading, but what their favourite books are. But generally its a combination of some of the biggest selling books of all time, rock solid classics and lit lite and TV book club recommendations. Only one real surprise for me: Orson Scott Card's Enders Game. Who woulda guessed it?