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Popular Facebook Meme Finds Favorite Books Mimic Assigned Reads

Popular Facebook Meme Finds Users' Favorite Books Reflect to High School

Who remembers all of the books they had to read in high school English class? Now, who can list the unforgettable titles that left a lifelong impression to this day? Could these books be one and the same? Quick, visit Facebook to share.

A meme has been circulating around the social media site for some time now asking people to list "10 books that have stayed with you in some way."

"Don't take more than a few minutes, and don't think too hard," the post said. "They do not have to be the 'right' books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way." 

After 130,000 status updates were accumulated, two Facebook employees, Lada Adamic and Pinkesh Patel, gathered a list of 10 books that appeared on the statuses throughout the last two weeks of August 2014. The meme has been active for at least a year. 

"The demographics of those posting were as follows: 63.7 percent were in the US, followed by 9.3 percent in India, and 6.3 percent in the UK," the post said. "Women outnumbered men 3.1:1. The average age was 37. We therefore expect the books chosen to be reflective of this subset of the population."

The lists found there were frequent books mentioned, such as Harry Potter series ranking number one, with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee to follow. The authors of the books data post said that the list reflected books that were commonly taught in high school. 

A study, "Book-Length Works Taught in High School English Courses" by ERIC Digest found that the most common titles taught in public, Catholic and independent high schools were Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Huckleberry Finn, Julius Caeser and To Kill a Mockingbird. These books also made the top 100 list generated from the 130,000 status updates throughout the world. 

To participate in the meme, just pose the question above and share it with friends--consider tagging them as well.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

Share your top books in the comments below. Have you asked your students what books have stayed with them?

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