Results of SCL November Book Poll Announced

More than 1800 library staff and library users voted for their favourite book in the Society of Chief Librarian’s LovetoRead book poll, which was open for the month of November 2016. Participants were asked to name their favourite book, and the top 10 according to number of votes are:

Pride and Prejudice
Lord of the Rings
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harry Potter
Jane Eyre
TIE: The Bible & Wuthering Heights
Gone with the Wind
The Master and Margarita

The list represents a diverse range of readers across all libraries in the UK. In addition to the traditional books, many examples of contemporary literature made it into the top 20: Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel, The Time Traveller’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Island by Victoria Hislop and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.


Janene Cox, SCL’s Reading Offer Lead, says: “The great thing about this list is that these are all cherished titles found on the shelves of public libraries. We also had respondents name children’s books, like Oi Frog. We had very new books named such as All the Light We Cannot See. Our diverse collection of books is a valued resource.”

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency, says: “It is always interesting to see what books people recommend. The Reading Agency works with our library partners to support 4,000 reading groups and we love seeing the often heated discussion which comes from asking people to recommend books to others. It was good to see the LovetoRead weekend generate so much conversation about reading; we look forward to working with libraries next year to encourage even more people to read more.”


Media Contact:
Elizabeth Elford
SCL Advocacy Manager
+44 (0) 7891 056114
Notes to Editors
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) leads and manages public libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. SCL is made up of the head of service of every library authority, and advocates for continuous improvement of the public library service on behalf of local people.

The Reading Agency is the leading national charity inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to read for pleasure and wellbeing. Working with partners such as the public library service, our aim is to make reading accessible to everyone.

The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts Council.