Most Popular Book? A Tuesday Thingers Post

What’s the most popular book in your library? Have you read it? What did you think? How many users have it?

It took me a while to remember where I would find this information. I looked at nearly all the tabs on my LibraryThing page and finally found it under Zeitgeist. The most popular book is the book most people on LT own and it is Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone (37,356). I have a few, not all of the Harry Potter books and thought I didn’t have this one as I didn’t recognise the title – but I do, although my copy is called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I hadn’t realised that the American version had been renamed – I wonder why? Maybe someone can enlighten me?

It’s not my favourite book and I don’t think it’s one I’ll read again, but I did enjoy it and the film too.

10 thoughts on “Most Popular Book? A Tuesday Thingers Post

  1. I think I must be the only person around who has never seen any of the H.P movies. Its been awhile since I have read the first book I might read it again sometime soon. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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  2. I always thought it was a shame they changed the title. I think the publishers just figured Americans were too stupid to understand what “philosopher’s stone” meant. And, of course, sorcerer sounds more magical, I guess – sort of like Dungeons and Dragons. I was really pleasantly surprised by Harry Potter – it turned out to be much more enjoyable than I’d expected.

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  3. I must be the only one who doesn’t have the Harry Potter series or seen the movies. I’ve never had any interest in it, but it definitely seems to be the most popular.

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  4. harry potter is my top also. i read somewhere that they changed the title because the thought sorserers stone was more sensational and would sell better in th u.s. i personally like philosopher better.

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  5. I think American publishers thought we were too stupid to know what a philosopher’s stone is, that we’d think it was a book on philosophy and would avoid it like the plague!

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