America’s Favorite Books (Survey of 76,000 Americans)

America’s Favorite Books (Survey of 76,000 Americans)

Map of each state of the USA's favorite book based on data from

WordsRated received over 76,000 survey replies on our website where users let us know what their favorite book is.

Here we have collated the replies to show the nation’s favorite books and the top books from each state.

America’s 100 favorite books

  1. Pride And Prejudice
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird
  3. Harry Potter (Series)
  4. Where the Crawdads Sing
  5. The Lord Of the Rings
  6. The Great Gatsby
  7. The Alchemist
  8. Jane Eyre
  9. Verity
  10. It Ends With Us
  11. The Stand
  12. Outlander
  13. The Book Thief
  14. Nightingale
  15. Little Women
  16. Gone With The Wind
  17. The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo
  18. The Hobbit
  19. A Court Of Thorns And Roses
  20. The Hunger Games
  21. A Court Of Mist And Fury
  22. The Song Of Achilles
  23. The Invisble Life Of Addie Larue
  24. The Silent Patient
  25. The Giver
  26. Percy Jackson (Series)
  27. The Twilight Saga
  28. 1984
  29. The Outsider
  30. The Bible
  31. All The Light We Cannot See
  32. The Kite Runner
  33. The Count Of Monte Cristo
  34. The Catcher In Rye
  35. The Handmaid’s Tale
  36. The Night Circus
  37. The Color Purple
  38. Fahrenheit 451
  39. The Midnight Library
  40. Dune
  41. Anne Of Green Gables
  42. The Coldest Winter Ever
  43. Six Of Crows
  44. It
  45. Circe
  46. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
  47. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
  48. East Of Eden
  49. Throne Of Glass
  50. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
  51. Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus
  52. Their Eyes Are Watching God
  53. Wuthering Heights
  54. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone
  55. Ender’s Game
  56. The Pillars Of Earth
  57. Gone Girl
  58. A Man Called Ove
  59. And Then There Were None
  60. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
  61. Beloved
  62. The Poisonwood Bible
  63. The Name Of The Wind
  64. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
  65. The Shining
  66. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
  67. A Little Life
  68. American Gods
  69. A Thousand Splendid Suns
  70. The Notebook
  71. A Game Of Thrones
  72. The Great Alone
  73. 100 Years Of Solitude
  74. A Gentleman In Moscow
  75. Daisy Jones And The Six
  76. The House In Cerulean Sea
  77. A Wrinkle In Time
  78. The Secret History
  79. Good Omens
  80. Educated: A Memoir
  81. The Grapes Of Wrath
  82. Redeeming Love
  83. The Help
  84. The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  85. The Love Hypothesis
  86. The Glass Castle
  87. Persuasion
  88. 50 Shades Of Grey
  89. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  90. Eragon
  91. Rebecca
  92. Of Mice And Men
  93. The Martian
  94. The Bluest Eye
  95. Normal People
  96. From Blood And Ash
  97. Pachinko
  98. Harry Potter And The Order Of Phoneix
  99. The Goldfinch
  100. The Da Vinci Code

Each state’s favorite book

Pride and Prejudice is the most popular book in the USA. In fact, it is the most popular book in 21 of the 50 states, including 10 of the 12 most western states. The book was published in 1813, so it is interesting to see it is the nation’s favorite book today – more than 200 years later.

To Kill a Mockingbird boasts 14 states claiming to have it as their favorite book. There are bubbles in the south with Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Then another bubble in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, then a final bubble moving up from Louisiana in the south, through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska.

Nine states state that the books of the Harry Potter series are their favorite books. This includes a bunch of states in New England and the northeast with Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut. Pennsylvania is another state in the general area with Harry Potter as their favorite book.

New Mexico, Rhode Island, and West Virginia have Where The Crawdads Sing as their favorite book. Published in 2018, it is one of the most recently published books that make the list. Verity by Coleen Hoover also makes a list as Alaska’s fav state. Interestingly, the two states not connected to the mainland US (Alaska and Hawaii) have unique favorite books. As mentioned, Alaska is the only state to favor the BookTok phenomenon Verity by Coleen Hoover, and Hawaii favors The Da Vinci code.

The other state with a unique favorite book is North Dakota with Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.

Interestingly, five of the seven books have been made into movies and Verity is believed to be in production. While the remaining book, The Alchemist, has been mooted to become a movie on several occasions but seems to be one of those projects that never get off the ground. This does indicate that Hollywood still has some power over people’s tastes. However, the reverse could easily also be argued.

Breakdown of states:

  • Pride and Prejudice – 21
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – 14
  • Harry Potter (Series) – 9
  • Where the Crawdads Sing – 3
  • Verity – 1
  • The Da Vinci Code – 1
  • The Alchemist – 1

See the full breakdown of each state’s favorite book below: 

AlabamaPride and Prejudice
ArizonaPride and Prejudice
ArkansasTo Kill a Mockingbird
CaliforniaPride and Prejudice
ColoradoPride and Prejudice
ConnecticutHarry Potter (Series)
DelawarePride and Prejudice
FloridaTo Kill a Mockingbird
GeorgiaTo Kill a Mockingbird
HawaiiThe Da Vinci Code
IdahoPride and Prejudice
IllinoisPride and Prejudice
IndianaTo Kill a Mockingbird
IowaHarry Potter (Series)
KansasTo Kill a Mockingbird
KentuckyTo Kill a Mockingbird
LouisianaTo Kill a Mockingbird
MaineHarry Potter (Series)
MarylandTo Kill a Mockingbird
MassachusettsPride and Prejudice
MichiganPride and Prejudice
MinnesotaPride and Prejudice
MississippiHarry Potter (Series)
MissouriPride and Prejudice
MontanaPride and Prejudice
NebraskaTo Kill a Mockingbird
NevadaPride and Prejudice
New HampshireHarry Potter (Series)
New JerseyPride and Prejudice
New MexicoWhere the Crawdads Sing
New YorkTo Kill a Mockingbird
North CarolinaPride and Prejudice
North DakotaThe Alchemist
OhioTo Kill a Mockingbird
OklahomaTo Kill a Mockingbird
OregonTo Kill a Mockingbird
PennsylvaniaHarry Potter (Series)
Rhode IslandWhere the crawdads sing
South CarolinaTo Kill a Mockingbird
South DakotaHarry Potter (Series)
TennesseePride and Prejudice
TexasPride and Prejudice
UtahPride and Prejudice
VermontHarry Potter (Series)
VirginiaPride and Prejudice
WashingtonPride and Prejudice
West VirginiaWhere the Crawdads Sing
WisconsinHarry Potter (Series)
WyomingPride and Prejudice

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New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota





Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota







West Virginia