Illinois Chooses ‘The Godfather,’ Indiana Favors ‘The Chocolate Factory’: Preply Unveils Midwest’s Favorite Reads


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Chicago, IL – A new study by Preply has brought to light the diverse literary tastes across the Midwest, illustrating unique preferences with Illinois’ choice of “The Godfather” and Indiana’s love for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” 

This research delves into the Google search data for Penguin’s 100 must-read classics and Amazon’s best-selling books, showcasing the varied interests in states including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, and Iowa.

In Illinois, Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather” reigns supreme, indicating a strong interest in complex narratives and classic storytelling that continues to captivate readers. On the other hand, Indiana shows a different taste with a significant lean towards Roald Dahl’s beloved “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” highlighting a preference for whimsical and imaginative tales.

The study not only identifies favorites but also points to the preferred genres in each state. For instance, classic literature is particularly cherished in Illinois, while graphic novels see a higher popularity in Indiana, reflecting a broader appreciation for visually-driven storytelling.

During the summer, reading choices across the Midwest shift, with “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Beloved” emerging as popular selections, underscoring a seasonal interest in themes of history and social justice.

Additionally, the research indicates that Midwestern readers generally favor books averaging around 349 pages, suggesting an affinity for novels that provide depth yet remain accessible within busy lifestyles.

This extensive analysis from Preply not only maps out the literary preferences across the Midwest but also ties these trends to wider demographic and cultural shifts. The insights are invaluable for publishers, educators, and librarians aiming to meet regional reading preferences. For more detailed regional breakdowns and trends over time, visit Preply’s full report online.


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