According to the Travelodge 2012 ‘books left behind’ index, Brits are shunning autobiographies in favour of fictitious trilogies.
This is the first time in which no celebrity autobiographies or romance literature has appeared in the top 10 of the index.
Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, in 10th place, is the only book in the top 10 that isn’t part of a trilogy. The remaining nine positions are filled by titles from the ‘Fifty Shades’, ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Millennium’ trilogies.
Spokeswoman for Travelodge Shakila Ahmed said: “It is interesting to see for the first time ever that our top 10 books left behind index is not being dominated by celebrity biographies and chick-lit books, which it has done in the past.
“Trilogies have dominated the charts this year with Fifty Shades of Grey topping the poll. So popular is this book, our hotel staff have reported that business and leisure customers of all ages are reading this trilogy.
“Our 2012 books left behind index has revealed we are a nation addicted to trilogies.”
Almost 22,000 books have been left behind in Travelodge hotel rooms over the last 12 months for numerous reasons such as guests forgetting their book, leaving it behind as a luggage lightening measure or leaving it for the next guest to enjoy. If a book is left unclaimed for three months the hotel chain donates it to Cancer Research.
The books left behind index top 10, in order, is as follows: Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James; The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson; The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson; Fifty Shades Freed by EL James; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson; Fifty Shades Darker by EL James; Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins; Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins; and The Help by Kathryn Stockett.