FIFTY Shades of Grey is the book that guests are most likely to leave behind in their hotel room, according to a new poll.
The other two volumes in the trilogy – Fifty Shades Freed and Fifty Shades Darker – came fourth and seventh respectively on Travelodge's “Books Left Behind” list.
Travelodge, the budget hotel chain, reported that around 7,000 copies of EL James’s erotic bestseller have been recovered from its rooms since its release earlier this year.
The other two volumes in the trilogy – Fifty Shades Freed and Fifty Shades Darker – came fourth and seventh respectively on the firm’s annual “Books Left Behind” list, while titles by Stieg Larsson (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, The Girl Who Played With Fire) and Suzanne Collin (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) also featured prominently.
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett; Stephen Fry’s The Fry Chronicles; and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, by John Le Carre, made the top 20.
“It is interesting to see that our list is not dominated by celebrity biographies and chick lit books, which it has been in the past,” said a Travelodge spokeswoman.
In 2009, the most discarded novel was Katie Price’s autobiography Pushed to the Limit. In 2007, it was Alastair Campbell’s The Blair Years that was most frequently left behind, followed by Piers Morgan’s Don't You Know Who I Am?
Travelodge claims that a total of 21,786 books were found in its 36,500 hotel rooms during the past year. It also noted unusual reading material at several hotels.
Staff at a Scarborough property reportedly recovered a bag of Kama Sutra books belonging to an elderly couple, while a CEO in Peterborough is said to have left behind a suitcase filled with comics.
Books left behind
1. Fifty Shades of Grey E.L. James
2. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
3. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest Stieg Larsson
4. Fifty Shades Freed E.L. James
5. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
6. The Girl Who Played With Fire Stieg Larsson
7. Fifty Shades Darker E.L. James
8. Catching Fire Suzanne Collins
9. Mockingjay Suzanne Collins
10. The Help Kathryn Stockett
11. One Day David Nicholls
12. A Tiny Bit Marvellous Dawn French
13. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography Steve Jobs
14. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
15. The Brightest Star In The Sky Marian Keyes
16. The Fry Chronicles Stephen Fry
17. Room Emma Donoghue
18. StrengthsFinder 2.0 Tom Rath
19. The Confession John Grisham
20. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John Le Carre