Books on a plane

Fifty shades freedFifty Shades of Grey by E L James is amongst the Top 10 books left on planes according to British Airways. Let’s hope the airlines were on the alert and the owners of the trilogy, which includes Fifty Shades Freed and Fifty Shades Darker – didn’t attempt to join the Mile High Club. Books in the trilogy have been loaned nearly 1500 times by Leeds Libraries borrowers!

BA flights have around 600 books and 1,400 Kindles left on board every year – the most common is the Bible.  A survey found three in five people take a book on holiday, compared to one in five taking an e-reader. Women are more likely to own an e-reader (20%) compared to men (15%).

The Top 10 books left on board:

1.Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (Fiction, Thriller)

2.King and Maxwell Series, David Baldacci (Thriller) How did all this happen?: my story

3.The Fault in our Stars, John Green (Novel)

4.Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty (Business/Economics)

5.Alex Cross, Run – James Patterson (Thriller)

6.The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton (Novel)

7.Michael Lewis, Flash Boys (Non-fiction)

8.Fifty Shades of  Freed, EL James (Romance)

9.Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Novel)

10.The Racketeer, John Grisham (Thriller)

Novels are the most common type of book found on flights (22%), followed by crime thrillers, study and learning books, travel books, non-fiction and business and economics. The least likely genre to be left behind is chicklit. Some of the most popular biographies found on board were by John Bishop, Muhammad Ali and, no surprise during the Wimbledon Championships – tennis player Rafa Nadal.

The survey also found Scottish travellers were the most likely to own an e-reader (28 per cent) – the least likely were East Anglia (nine per cent). Nine out of ten people from the East Midlands were likely to take a book on holiday, compared to just a quarter from the North East. Those from the South East are the biggest readers, taking at least two or three books on holiday.

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