WHS reveals 100 most voted for paperbacks

WHS reveals 100 most voted for paperbacks

WH Smith has revealed a list of 100 "best paperbacks of all time" as voted for by its customers.

The chain retailer asked customers to vote for their favourite paperback through social media, with “thousands” getting involved.

WHS said that Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird topped the list, with J R R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice following closely behind.

Other paperbacks named in the top 100 include The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Weidenfeld & Nicholson) and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin).

The survey received over 11,000 online responses and more than 1,000 individual suggestions.

Head of web and content for WH Smith, Chris Ritchie, said: “We were excited to see how enthusiastic people were to take part in the survey and we were absolutely thrilled with the results. It’s great to see such a varied list with everything from Harry Potter, Birdsong and Twilight to Catcher in the Rye. There’s something for everyone.”

WH Smith Fiction Buyer Sue Scholes added: “This survey has been a great way for us to find out what customers rank as their all time top reads. Favourites ranged from the great classics to contemporary fiction and I was delighted to see I Capture the Castle make the list as it’s not only a personal favourite but one I would highly recommend to anyone as the perfect comfort read.”

Selected titles from the top 100 list can be found both online and in high street stores with the full list available on the WHSmith blog.