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WWEnd Most Read Books of All-Time Posted at 6:16 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Ender's GameWe’ve just added a new list to WWEnd that we think you’re going to enjoy.  It’s such an obvious list that it took a request from one of our members to make us realize we had missed it.  Thanks, Oaks Lab!  So check out the WWEnd Most Read Books of All-Time list.  On the list you’ll find all the books that has been marked as read at least 100 times by our members sorted by number of reads along with the number of reads for each book.  The list is 264 books long and will keep growing and changing as we get more members and more books tagged.

At the top of the list are some of the books you would likely expect to see with Ender’s Game (733 reads) edging out Frank Herbert’s Dune (701) for the top spot with a pretty strong lead over the rest of the pack.  Neal Gaiman’s American Gods comes in third with 523 reads followed closely by the single volume The Lord of the Rings (512).  We have LoTR as 3 separate books as well and you’ll find all three of them in the top 40 not to mention The Hobbit at number 9.

Here are the top 10 most read books on WWEnd with the number of reads for each:

  1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1985) 733
  2. Dune by Frank Herbert (1965) 701
  3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman (2001) 523
  4. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954) 512
  5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979) 495
  6. Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984) 486
  7. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (1974) 480
  8. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949) 477
  9. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (1937) 476
  10. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (1972) 469

Nothing really surprising in the top 10 of course, though I had expected to see Harry Potter in there.  For the record, the Potter books come in at 11, 13, 19, 40, 50, 51 and 53 which is pretty impressive.  You’ll have to check the list to see the order.

It’s an interesting list to peruse and serves as a pretty good snapshot of what we read as a community within the larger genre community.  If you’re a member you can see right away how many of the most read you’ve read yourself and your total will show on your reading stats page too.  The stats page tells me I’ve read 78 (30%) from the list which is not too bad.

So what do you think of this list?  Any surprises for you on down the list?  What kind of info can you glean from it?  How many have you read from the most read?

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