The Lord of the Rings is (incredibly) the most abandoned book by readers
Popular never finished or left in half, maybe after a few pages. This is the fate of many books: you start to read them but they are not completed. Who knows how many times it will have happened to you too. To date, no one has asked (also because before digitization it would have been impossible) what was the most abandoned bookin short, the most difficult.
Anobii: the social of readers
In the rankings of Anobii , the social network of readers that allows you to share your passion for books and comics, there is also a section dedicated to the “most abandoned books”. On the occasion of the World Book Day the social network has announced the titles of the books started but never finished by users in Italian, providing an interesting photograph of their tastes and preferences.
To do this, two rankings were added: the first based on books more abandoned as an absolute value, the second shows instead the percentage of readers abandoned them compared to those who own them in their library. In practice, the second is an inverse readability rate: the higher the percentage value, the less the book is read.
The most abandoned by the Italians
In the first ranking, that of the most abandoned books ever, the gold medal is for JRR Tolkien with “The Lord of the Rings” (1581 dropouts), followed by Jack Kerouak’s “On the Way” (1164 dropouts) and third “The name of the rose ”by Umberto Eco (1149 dropouts).
1) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (abandoned by: 1581 Anobians)
2) On the Jack Kerouac road (abandoned by: 1164 Anobians)
3) The name of the rose of Umberto Eco (abandoned by: 1149 anobiani)
4) The consciousness of Zeno by Italo Svevo (abandoned by: 1133 Anobiani)
5) Ulysses by James Joyce (abandoned by: 1022 Anobians)
6) One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (abandoned by: 901 Anobians)
7) The Silmarillion of J.R.R. Tolkien (abandoned by: 857 anobians)
8) The elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (abandoned by: 829 Anobians)
9) That you are David Grossman’s knife for me (abandoned by: 806 Anobians)
10) Siddhartha of Herman Hesse (abandoned by: 799 Anobians)
11) Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano (abandoned by: 733 Anobians)
12) Q by Luther Blissett (abandoned by: 723 Anobians)
13) 1984 by George Orwell (abandoned by: 723 Anobians)
14) The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (abandoned by: 695 Anobians)
15) Crime and punishment of Fyodor Dostoevsky (abandoned by: 695 Anobians)
The rate of (un) readability of the books
Instead, if we go look there percentage of book abandonments compared to the number of people who put them in their bookstores , the ranking changes a lot. In the lead is Vinicio Capossela’s “You don’t die every morning”, followed by James Joyce’s “Ulysses” and Robert Musil’s third “The Man Without Quality”.
1) You don’t die every morning by Vinicio Capossela 12%
2) Ulysses by James Joyce 11%
3) The man without quality of Robert Musil 11%
4) May you be David Grossman’s knife for me 7%
5) Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace 6%
6) The last line of fairy tales Massimo Gramellini 6%
7) The Günter Grass 6% tin drum
8) Denis Guedj’s parrot theorem 6%
9) The Silmarillion of J.R.R. Tolkien 6%
10) The island of the day before 6%
11) The Prague cemetery by Umberto Eco 6%
12) Thus spoke Zarathustra of Friedrich Nietzsche 5%
13) The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis 5%
14) Q by Luther Blissett 5%
15) The enchanted mountain of Thomas Mann 5%
In the list of the 80 most abandoned books by the Anobians, which you can consult at this address, there are many other classic and contemporary authors. The most “abandoned” author by number of books is Umberto Eco (with five books), follow with four J.R.R. Tolkien and Alessandro Baricco, and with three Dan Brown, Christopher Paolini, Fyodor Dostoevsky.