Today's Tuesday Thingers question is:
What's the most popular book in your library? Have you read it? What did you think? How many users have it? What's the most popular book you don't have? How does a book's popularity figure into your decisions about what to read?
I am going to cheat a bit and skip all the classics that a lot of people have in their libraries. The most popular non-classic in my LT library is "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" by Mark Haddon (13,958 users). I borrowed it from my friend Andrea and liked it fine.
The most popular non-classic in my physical home library is "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel (13,281 users). When I originally read this, I checked it out from the public library, but I loved it so much, I ended up buying a copy. I have also bought this for about 5 friends of mine and have loaned it out a lot as well. I always tell people that have trouble getting into it to skip ahead to the part where the shipwreck actually occurs (about halfway through) because this is the best part. The whole beginning is a set up so that you can understand the end better, but it is not totally necessary to enjoying the story.
The most popular books that I don't have are all the books in the Harry Potter series. I read the first page of the first book, but wasn't hooked and that was that. I do think its overwhelming popularity sets off a rebellious streak in me now - I want to be in the minority that hasn't read it. But maybe I will read it someday. The latest movie was on in the main cabin the last time I flew. I didn't watch it, but I couldn't avoid seeing it, and I noticed that the characters were running through the whole movie. I asked my seatmate why this was. He said, if they had walked everywhere, the movie would've been too long! Should have been a stand up comic, that guy.
Of the top 100 books, which J Kaye conveniently lists here, I have read or own 63 of them. So I guess I can't say I avoid popular books.
EDIT: Well, I have to admit I have read Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (23,266 users) though I never added it to my LT library. And I do own The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (14,566 users) but I haven't added it because I haven't read it yet.