What books have stayed with you?
It’s a simple but powerful question. Over the summer, it swept through Facebook, and hundreds of thousands of users listed 10 books that had moved them. “They do not have to be the ‘right’ books or great works of literature,” instructed the most popular version of the viral status game, “just ones that have affected you in some way.”
Back in September, Facebook tallied up the results of that status game worldwide. Its findings? The Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Lord of the Rings, and Pride and Prejudice led the way. They were followed by none other than the Bible.
Since then, the game has gotten bigger, spreading to other countries and languages. In a new blog post, Facebook has unveiled which books are beloved in nations that have had 20,000 or more responses—that is, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines.
What did they find? In those six nations—as in the U.S. and U.K.-dominated first tally—the Boy Who Lives dominates. Readers in Mexico and Italy revere Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose One Hundred Years of Solitude ranked only #38 in the first list. And readers in many places are fond of a Stephen King book that in English is known as It—but which, in French, becomes the equally concise Ça. (Also interesting: Except in India, the Deep South-focused To Kill a Mockingbird is nowhere to be found.)