ARECORD number of students have voted in a large-scale annual book poll, showing their growing interest in reading. Over 37,000 votes from 114 secondary schools were collected in the 1993 Book Chart, jointly organised by the Professional Teachers' Union (PTU) and Radio Television Hong Kong's Education Unit. The number was 6,000 more than that of last year's. It also broke all records set in the past four years. Nearly 31 per cent of voters were Form 1 students. Now in its fifth year, the poll asked students to pick 10 books they like most from the 100 books recommended by teachers and librarians. Despite the popularity of comic and leisure books in recent years, the book chart showed that the 10 favourite were some educational and classical story books. Journey to the West (or The Adventure of Monkey ) by Wu Chengen was the most popular book, obtaining 1,307 votes from boys and 1,159 votes from girls. ''Although there is a trend of students turning to comic and recreational books, some Chinese classical stories still have a market and long-lasting value. ''Despite the popularity of television and radio broadcasts, there are still many teenagers who like to read books. We hope parents and teachers can introduce young people to more educational classics,'' said Mr Chan Hon-sum, the PTU's chief academic executive. Journey to the West was so popular it not only topped the chart, but was also picked by many as a topic for the best book mark design contest. The competition, as well as others like the best board design, the best book review and the school with the most number of participants, were held along with the poll. Third former Chan Tat of Lutheran Middle School came first in the best book mark design competition by drawing a monkey to represent the Journey . Wong Shiu Chi Middle School won the best board design competition. Pok Oi Hospital Chan Kai Memorial School had the most number of students casting their votes. Lo King-wan of Lutheran Middle School and Tsui Hei-toong of Heep Yunn School were among the 12 winners of the best book review competition. The pair said reading was their favourite pastime as they could become another person, just like the character in the story, when they were reading a book. ''Reading, of course, should not only be for writing a commentary in a competition. That would only reduce your reading interest,'' said Hei-toong, whose six other schoolmates were also on the winning list. Mr Benny Ngai, head of RTHK's Education Unit, encouraged students to read more as reading was the most effective way of raising one's language standard. The best 10 books selected by students were: Journey to the West , The Adventure of San Mao , Romance of Three Kingdoms Comics , The Demigods and Semidevils , Private Tutor , Invitation to Death , Teacher Cho Yuet , 100 Stories by Ah Nung , Test Your IQ , and Fit for Life . This year sees another book chart by teachers aimed as a source of reference for students. The books were more serious than that selected by students, but there were still two books which appeared both in the teachers' and students' charts. They were Louis Cha's Demigods and Semidevils and Ah Lung's 100 Stories by Ah Lung .