Travelodge Guests Leave 1,209 Copies of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Book
E.L. James may be the highest earning author of the year, but it seems she's suffering from Dan Brown syndrome - her books are everywhere, but not necessarily on reader's bookshelves.
The multimillionaire appears three times in a list of the most likely books to be left in a Travelodge, with her erotic novel Fifty Shades Freed abandoned 1,209 times the hotel chain's properties across the country, reports The Guardian.
In second place was Bared To You by Sylvia Day, while self-help book The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst finished third. Next up was Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl - which is set to be adapted into a Hollywood movie starring Ben Affleck - and JK Rowling's foray into adult fiction, The Casual Vacancy, was fifth.
Those who'd shelled out on autobiographies by Tour De France champion and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins and Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole clearly weren't fussed about taking their books home for the shelf. David Walliams's autobiography Camp David was number thirteen, with F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby scraping in at number 20, probably owing to cheap paperback versions in supporting of the movie, by Baz Luhrmann.
According to the report, the top three reasons for abandoning books in Travelodge rooms are "finished reading it and left it for others", followed by "genuinely lost or forgot it," and "got bored." In total, 22,648 books were left behind during the past 12 months.
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