As if Fifty Shades of Grey hasn't already set enough records, here's yet another one it can claim. An annual survey by the hotel chain Travelodge U.K. finds that more copies of the erotic novel were left behind in its hotel rooms than any other book. Some 7,000 of them, in fact.
It's a mixed honor, depending on how you look at it. On the one hand, it means that there are just so many copies of the bestseller out there that it's naturally going to be carried into more hotel rooms anyway, so through simple statistics more of those copies will end up being left there. More people are apparently reading it than anything else, which isn't hard to believe.
On the other hand, it could also mean that people are really embarrassed to keep the book around after reading it. They want to see what all the fuss is about and get their thrills, but they don't want it displayed on their bookshelves. So maybe they finish the book and then figure the hotel room is a good place to get rid of it.
Then again, maybe Fifty Shades of Grey is just the kind of disposable book that people read once and know they're not going to look at again. Curiously--or perhaps not--the other titles in Travelodge's top 10 list of abandoned books are almost all part of bestselling trilogies. They include the other two Fifty Shades volumes, as well as all three books in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy and the three Hunger Games books.
Chances are, though, most people aren't going to blush if they're caught checking out of a hotel with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in their book bags.