Today, on January 25, Russians traditionally celebrate Student’s Day. In honour of the holiday, the Rabota.ru job search service together with the LitRes largest book service in Russia and the CIS countries conducted a joint survey among the audience of students and found out which books inspired them to choose a profession.
Thus, the most inspiring book was Leo Tolstoy‘s “War and Peace”. The most popular books among the student audience in terms of the number of copies sold on LitRes over the past five years are “1984” by George Orwell and “Expand Consciousness Legally” by Vladislav Gaidukevich. The most popular among students turned out to be the books on science and education, as well as teaching aids; the genre of science fiction and fantasy is only a bit behind, and detectives and thrillers are in third place. The top five also included classical literature (both, Russian and foreign).
During the survey, respondents were also asked to indicate which skills and abilities they would like to develop with the help of books. More often than other options, the youth chose the general development of their horizons, the development of professional skills and creative thinking. Finally, in the open-ended question, the respondents shared the most inspiring books: Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”, Karl Marx‘s “Capital”, and Mikhail Bulgakov‘s “The Master and Margarita”.