Here is a list of 100 books that liberals like to read. As we discuss in our article, these lists were derived by identifying readers on Goodreads as either conservative or liberal based on whether they positively rated a highly partisan book from a select list (titles like James Carville’s It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! or Paul Krugman’s End This Depression Now! on the left and Glenn Beck’s CowardsAnn Coulter’s Demonic, or Pat Buchanan’s Suicide of a Superpower on the right).

The books are ranked by the increased odds that they are read by a Liberal reader compared to a Conservative reader. We also include the total number of bookshelves that this book appeared on in our sample.

We also identified the top 100 books that conservatives prefer.

Title Bookshelves Odds Ratio
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle 912 4.62
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 1666 4.36
The God of Small Things 875 4.20
A Visit from the Goon Squad 1353 4.18
The Marriage Plot 983 3.75
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam; #1) 1105 3.55
Freedom 1548 3.39
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay 1410 3.30
The Sense of an Ending 1113 3.15
Interpreter of Maladies 927 3.04
The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1284 2.90
The Corrections 1351 2.90
The Art of Fielding 1159 2.87
The Circle 1000 2.76
Station Eleven 1270 2.75
1Q84 (1Q84; #1-3) 959 2.74
Cloud Atlas 1450 2.69
Middlesex 2190 2.66
The Namesake 1059 2.59
High Fidelity 998 2.58
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell; #1) 1181 2.54
American Gods (American Gods; #1) 1738 2.53
Life After Life 1092 2.52
Beloved 1455 2.49
Franny and Zooey 1092 2.45
Breakfast of Champions 1789 2.40
Love in the Time of Cholera 1512 2.39
State of Wonder 1058 2.37
Never Let Me Go 1500 2.35
Blood Meridian; or the Evening Redness in the West 984 2.33
The Handmaid’s Tale 2838 2.28
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials; #2) 1067 2.10
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 1461 2.08
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter; Witch 1315 2.07
The Secret History 1130 2.06
Where’d You Go; Bernadette 1197 2.04
Their Eyes Were Watching God 1395 2.01
Cat’s Cradle 2243 2.01
Bel Canto 1133 2.01
Lolita 2498 2.00
Neverwhere 1352 1.91
The Goldfinch 2125 1.89
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 1495 1.86
The Ocean at the End of the Lane 1778 1.85
The Trial 1226 1.85
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 2902 1.82
The Metamorphosis 2080 1.80
As I Lay Dying 1052 1.74
The Stranger 2936 1.73
Snow Crash 1410 1.72
Neuromancer (Sprawl; #1) 1556 1.70
Atonement 1724 1.70
A Confederacy of Dunces 1888 1.68
Slaughterhouse-Five 5232 1.65
The Color Purple 1828 1.65
The Man in the High Castle 1152 1.61
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 1609 1.59
The Poisonwood Bible 2361 1.57
The Sound and the Fury 1282 1.56
The World According to Garp 1349 1.56
A Prayer for Owen Meany 1515 1.56
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials; #1) 2238 1.54
Heart of Darkness 2424 1.50
The Night Circus 1584 1.49
Room 1742 1.48
Fight Club 1792 1.47
The Name of the Rose 1388 1.45
The Casual Vacancy 1220 1.44
A Clockwork Orange 2370 1.44
Ready Player One 2118 1.43
Life of Pi 3900 1.42
The Graveyard Book 1186 1.41
The Road 3724 1.41
Death of a Salesman 1224 1.41
King Lear 1154 1.38
The Sun Also Rises 2411 1.38
The Little Prince 2098 1.38
All the Light We Cannot See 2249 1.34
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 2681 1.33
The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike; #1) 1274 1.33
Catch-22 3817 1.29
Stranger in a Strange Land 2054 1.29
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker’s Guide; #2) 1279 1.28
A Farewell to Arms 1899 1.27
And the Mountains Echoed 1227 1.27
East of Eden 2075 1.24
The Martian Chronicles 1327 1.24
The Joy Luck Club 1950 1.24
Crime and Punishment 2801 1.23
The Fault in Our Stars 2794 1.22
Brave New World 5881 1.22
The Brothers Karamazov 1706 1.21
The Picture of Dorian Gray 2634 1.21
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire; #4) 2488 1.21
The Catcher in the Rye 7356 1.21
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire; #5) 2216 1.20
Flowers for Algernon 1717 1.20
Anna Karenina 2156 1.19
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years; #1) 1792 1.19
Dark Places 1264 1.18

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