Popular book-rating website Goodreads has created an infographic about their users' preferences related to political parties. The site asked their readers who they would vote for in the upcoming election, then analyzed their literary tastes.
According to the infographic, Romney fans and Obama fans on Goodreads each read a median of 26 books in 2012, however, they typically were not picking up the same titles. While Obama fans were three times more likely to read "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen and two times more likely to read "Nickled and Dimed," a nonfiction book about the minimum wage by Barbara Ehrenreich, Romney fans were four times more likely to read "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo, a true story about the son of a pastor in Nebraska.
It perhaps comes as no surprise that Romney fans gave "Atlas Shrugged" an average of four stars (one star more then Obama fans), as vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan once cited Ayn Rand as his favorite author.
The two parties could agree on one book, however: "The Big Short," Michael Lewis's foray into the recent economic crisis, scored highly with both groups.
Amazon created a similar chart in August -- an interactive map that determines whether a state's literary tastes are "red" or "blue" based on the number of conservative or liberal-leaning books bought there.
Check out this Goodreads infographic, and tell us about your favorite political books in the comments:
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Ryan gave a speech to <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/08/if-paul-ryan-were-an-atlas-shrugged-character-hed-be-a-villain/261036/" target="_hplink">The Atlas Society in 2005</a> about Rand's influence on his political beliefs, stating, "I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are."
In 2007, Romney claimed to have enjoyed Ron Hubbard's (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Ron_Hubbard" target="_hplink">yes, <em>that</em> Ron Hubbard</a>) "Battlefield Earth" when asked about his favorite book. <a href="http://www.concordmonitor.com/romney" target="_hplink">He has since said that he prefers "Huckleberry Finn,"</a> and also talked about reading "Twilight."
<a href="http://naysue.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/have-you-voted-yet/" target="_hplink">Biden once stated on his Facebook</a> that his favorite book is "American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation" by Jon Meacham.
Obama has been portrayed as a literary president (<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/opinion/young-obama-an-eliot-conservative.html" target="_hplink">this letter about Eliot that he wrote to a college beaux surfaced earlier this year</a>, and there have been many roundups of <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/08/14/obama-s-book-club.html" target="_hplink">his recent reads</a>). <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/19/books/19read.html?pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">When <em>The New York Times</em> asked Obama about authors who have influenced him</a>, he cited Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, James Baldwin. But during the 2008 campaign, the book he cited most often was Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon," which he also mentioned in an interview with Rolling Stone.
In an interview with Charlie Rose, Palin said that she loves C.S. Lewis, "very very deep."
<a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2008/1029/mccain-obama-share-their-favorite-books" target="_hplink">In an interview with Katie Couric</a>, McCain said his favorite book was "For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway.