2007 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 5

Reading Preferences

42/42a. What was the last book you read for recreation or fun? Who was the author?

Most frequently mentioned authors

AuthorNumberPercentage*
J K Rowling 900 30%
Khaled Hosseini 57 2%
Dan Brown 49 2%
Jane Austen 37 1%
Kurt Vonnegut 32 1%
George Orwell 27 1%
Mitch Albom 27 1%
Ayn Rand 25 1%
J D Salinger 21 1%
John Steinbeck 19 1%
Stephen King 19 1%
Joseph Heller 14 0%
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner 14 0%
Orson Scott Card 13 0%

Most frequently mentioned titles

TitleNumberPercentage*
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (#7) 668 22%
Harry Potter (unspecified) 181 6%
Kite Runner 39 1%
Da Vinci Code 25 1%
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (#6) 23 1%
1984 20 1%
Pride and Prejudice (includes one mention of Austen's "complete works") 19 1%
A Thousand Splendid Suns 18 1%
Catcher in the Rye 16 1%
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (#5) 16 1%
Angels & Demons 15 1%
Freakonomics 14 0%
Slaughterhouse-five 14 0%
Catch-22 12 0%
The Five People You Meet in Heaven 12 0%

* Out of all survey respondents, including those who skipped question

43. Did you receive the book, "Lincoln at Gettysburg" by Garry Wills, in the mail from Cal?

1649  (57.8%)   Yes

1204  (42.2%)   No

43a. Have you read it yet?

307  (11.5%)   Yes

2354  (88.5%)   No

43b. Do you plan to enroll in one of the Freshman or Sophomore Seminars to discuss it?

301  (11.3%)   Yes

2359  (88.7%)   No

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