With the Ice Bucket Challenge’s cool wave of influence slowing down, a new trend has emerged on Facebook. Friends have tagged users, asking them to name the most important books of their lives in their status updates.
According to Facebook, which surveyed 130,000 statuses that list influential books, 63.7 percent of the American user population have taken part in the trend on the social network. It’s also impacted 9.3 percent of users in India and 6.3 percent of those from the United Kingdom.
Here’s a look at the top 15 books that are influencing America:
Harry Potter series -- JK Rowling
The story of the boy who lived is making its presence known on Facebook, having been listed by 21.08 percent of the surveyed statuses. The series has sold 400 million copies worldwide, according to Scholastic.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” -- Harper Lee
It’s no surprise to see “To Kill a Mockingbird” near the top of the charts. Telling a story of civil rights and how to treat people, this novel was recently named the greatest novel of all time, according to The Telegraph. The book has sold 40 million copies worldwide, The Guardian reported.
“The Lord of the Rings” -- J.R.R. Tolkien
One ring to rule them all? More like a series to rule them all. The J.R.R. Tolkien novels feature the adventure of a young hobbit, Frodo, who journeys across various lands to destroy a dastardly evil ring. The series has sold 150 million copies worldwide, according to The Star.
“The Hobbit” -- J.R.R. Tolkien
Before there was “The Lord of the Rings,” there was “The Hobbit,” a similar tale about a hobbit’s journey into fantastical new worlds. Similar to “The Lord of the Rings” series, “The Hobbit” has sold more than 100 copies throughout the world, The Star reported.
“Pride and Prejudice” -- Jane Austen
Written by Jane Austin, “Pride and Prejudice” is a love story in which the two main characters learn to look past their upbringings and attitudes in order to be at peace with one another. The Daily Mail reported Austen’s book has sold more than 20 million copies throughout the world.
The Holy Bible
It’s the Holy Scripture that stands as a foundation for many of the world’s top Abrahamic religions. The Bible has sold about 20 million copies as of 1995, according to the Guinness World Records. But given the book’s popularity, it may be hard to get a complete estimate.
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” -- Douglas Adams
Starting over is never easy, and that’s what characters in “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” learn. After Earth is destroyed, Arthur Dent has to travel through space to avoid his villains and stay alive. The book has sold about 14 million copies, About reported.
The Hunger Games Trilogy -- Suzanne Collins
This young adult trilogy about Katniss Everdeen and her work to save a dystopian society is making a name for itself, in print and on the screen. The books, which have recently become large motion pictures in theaters across the country, have had enough influence to outsell the Harry Potter series, according to The Wire.
“The Catcher in the Rye” -- J.D. Salinger
PBS reported that “The Catcher in the Rye” has sold more than 60 million copies. Telling the story of a family faced with adversity, the novel is known in high school classrooms across the country.
The Chronicles of Narnia -- C.S. Lewis
This series of novels that document the journey of a group of youngsters into a fantasy land of Narnia has sold millions upon millions of copies. The first novel in the series, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” sold 85 million copies, according to MSN Money.
“The Great Gatsby” -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Oh, Gatsby. You’re so cool. Cool enough, in fact, that the story of a wealthy and mysterious bootlegger has sold 25 million copies worldwide and inspired a pair of Hollywood blockbusters, according to USA Today.
“1984” -- George Orwell
Big Brother clearly has an influence on people buying this book about the fall of personal life and liberty. “1984” has sold more than 20 million copies, at least, and has recently faced a resurgence as e-readers and tablets become more popular tools to read books, according to Slate.
“Little Women” -- Louisa May Alcott
According to The Guardian, “Little Women,” a tale about a young girl trying to find her place in the world, still sells about 1,000 copies a month.
“Jane Eyre” -- Charlotte Bronte
“Jane Eyre” has sold a modest 500,000 copies, according to The Baltimore Sun. But the coming of age tale of the character Jane Eyre and her ability to build relationships despite hardship is doing enough for readers today to make the list of Facebook’s top books.
“The Stand” -- Stephen King
Stephen King’s bestseller — a post-apocalyptic story that follows warring people and groups -- hit the ground rushing with 70,000 copies sold in its first printing.
Email: email@example.com, Twitter: @herbscribner