You may remember a meme floating around Facebook over the last few months, in which friends would ask each other to share “10 books that have stayed with you" as a status update. The lists spread across the social network, with hundreds of thousands of Facebook users around the world ranking their favorite books. Now, Facebook has tallied up the full rankings across eight countries (that had at least 20,000 take part in the meme), to see which books where most beloved around the globe.

The list in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Philippines, Brazil, India and France were all dominated by one work: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The only country among the lists not topped by Harry Potter was Mexico (it ranked third), where One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez took the No. 1 spot.

The Bible on the other hand, didn’t fare as well. It ranked sixth for U.S. and U.K. readers, and barely cracked the top 10 in one other country, Brazil ... Discuss

John Grisham, human law thriller machine behind books like The Firm and The Pelican Brief, opened up to an interviewer about his thoughts on those who download child porn, and how the law is too hard on them and "They haven't hurt anybody, OK? They deserve some type of punishment, whatever. But ten years in prison?" Yikes. From The Telegraph:

A friend of mine, ten years ago, was drinking. His drinking was out of control. And he went to a website ...And it said, 16-year-old girls. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff. It was 16-year-old girls who looked 30. You know, they were all dressed up and whatever. He shouldn't have done it, it was stupid. But it wasn't 10-year-old boys and he didn't touch anything ...And he went to prison for three years.

Tale as old as time. One minute, you're drinking too much. Next minute, you're engaging in a horrible crime that exploits thousands of innocent children for the perverse enjoyment of others. Rest your case, Mr. Grisham ...

Update: Grisham has offered an apology for his statements, saying "My comments ...were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable. I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all." Discuss

Forty years ago today, Wolverine first graced the pages of The Incredible Hulk #180. Although first intended as a villain, he reappeared the following year in Giant Sized X-Men #1, and has been one of most recognizable parts of the Marvel brand ever since. HalloweenCostumes.com has put together this look at how he's evolved over the years, from spandex-clad timebomb to Hugh Jackman (and don't miss 1996's rarely discussed "Noseless Wolverine"). Whatever his look, he's always been the best there is at what he does. Happy birthday, bub ... Discuss

Rob Bell and his wife Kristen have released this trailer for their upcoming book about marriage, The Zimzum of Love. Their examination of a “new way of understanding marriage” releases later this month ... Discuss

Over the past week, certain blogs have blown up over a writer who's calling herself 'Grace Anne Parsons' (she goes by "proudhousewife" online) and her mission to re-write the Harry Potter books to be a Christian morality tale. “My little ones have been asking to read the Harry Potter books; and of course I’m happy for them to be reading; but I don’t want them turning into witches!” she writes in her intro. So she's making some changes and writing her own versions. In them, Harry Potter is rescued from his wicked, evolution-believing, socialism-pushing "family" and taken by Hagrid to the "Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles." There, he meets the happily married "Reverend Albus Dumbledore" and his daughter, the "obedient" and "modest" Hermione.

The fanfic is about seven chapters in and has initiated a lot of eye-rolling from every corner of the blogosphere. And while it's possible that this is the work of a real Grace Parsons who is truly concerned that the books will lead her children into the way of iniquity, it smacks of an Internet hoax from a prankster curious to see if anyone will swallow his or her story. As Religion News Service notes, Google turns up no other mention of "Grace Anne Parsons" (whose name is a bit on the nose) and the references themselves seem to come from a writer far more familiar with Harry Potter than the Bible (at one point, Hagrid explains to Harry that Christians are simply "people who want to be good," which isn't an answer a Sunday School teacher would accept from a first grader). True, some overreactions from certain corners of Christiandom have opened churches up to this type of satire, but in this case, something smells like Floo Powder ... Discuss