The UK’s Top 10 Reads

Harry Potter books Pic: Istockphoto

The Holy Bible and Jane Eyre have both made it on to the list of the UK’s most popular books according to a poll by online furniture retailer, Furniture Choice who surveyed over 1000 people to find out about the nation’s reading habits.

According to their poll, the nation’s top 10 favourite books are:

  1. Harry Potter
  2. Lord of the Rings
  3. 50 Shades of Grey
  4. Jane Eyre
  5. The Bible
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird
  7. War and Peace
  8. Gone with the Wind
  9. 1984
  10. Pride and Prejudice

When it comes to genres, thrillers were voted the most popular overall, with those in northern cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle naming this as their favourite genre. Travelling further south, those in Birmingham prefer comedy genres while Londoners opting for biographies and autobiographies.

Physical books still reign supreme nationally, with 72% of people preferring to flick through the pages of their favourite book, in real life, rather than on a tablet or e-reader.

And it’s important for people to have a comfortable place to relax in and take time out to read – almost half of those surveyed enjoy reading in bed, a third read on the sofa and 5% say they are most likely to read in the bath. But only 2% of us admit to reading on the toilet!

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