Most popular book and ‘summer read’ in Ohio

A recent study examining America’s reading preferences, including a state-by-state analysis, has unveiled intriguing insights into Ohio’s literary habits, shedding light on the state’s favorite books and summer reads.

Conducted by online learning platform Preply, the research delved into search volumes for Penguin’s 100 must-read classics and Amazon’s top-selling Kindle books, alongside surveying over 1,000 readers for additional insights, as outlined in a company press release.

Nationally, certain titles emerged as particularly popular. Over the past year, “The Hunger Games,” “Lessons in Chemistry,” and “The Outsiders” ranked among the most searched-for books across the United States. Reflecting a diverse range of genres from dystopian thrillers to literary fiction, these titles underscore Americans’ broad interest in both contemporary and classic narratives.

In Ohio, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” emerged as the state’s favorite book. Roald Dahl’s timeless classic captivated the imaginations of Ohioans, showcasing a preference for whimsical and imaginative tales that resonate across generations.


Harper Lee’s timeless masterpiece, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” emerged as Ohio’s favored summer read, reflecting a predilection for intellectually stimulating literature throughout June, July, and August. Meanwhile, across the nation, other states propelled titles like “Crave,” “The Godfather,” “Beloved,” and “Demon Copperhead” to the forefront of the favorite summer read list.

In terms of preferred genres, U.S. readers expressed a strong preference for “classic” books, closely followed by historical fiction and dystopian novels. Conversely, Ohioans leaned towards thrillers as their top genre of choice.

Interestingly, while readers in states like Montana, Nebraska, and South Carolina sought out works with the most pages, Ohioans tended to gravitate towards titles averaging around 362 pages. This places Ohio’s reading preferences squarely in the middle of the spectrum, which ranged from 215 pages to 680 pages across different states.

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