On today’s blog, I decided to consult the list of best-selling books in history, and I am going to assume this list is accurate. If the list is not accurate, as my brother-in-law would say, “I’m not worried about it.” It will still be fun to blog about the books on this list.
So, as I previewed the Top 25 from this list, I am going to ask myself 2 or 3 questions:
- Have I read this book?
- Why or why not?
- If I read this book, should everyone else read it?
In order from 25-1, here we go:
- Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ – Never read it. Saw the movie. Not that interested in reading a book when the movie took half a day to get through and I kind of wish I had that part of my life back. Plus, the book was blessed by a Pope – so, there’s that.
- Anne of Green Gables – Never read it. I would read this book if it meant I had to woo Annie to marry me. Oh wait, I already did that when I watched the movie Emma when we were dating.
- The Mark of Zorro (not “mask”) – Never read it. This book is “new to me.” I love any story where corrupt officials are exposed by guys wearing masks.
- The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care – Never read it. Who wouldn’t be up for a refresher on how to keep your kids alive?
- Charlotte’s Web – I know I read this in elementary school before I watched the movie. I have always had a soft spot for ole Wilbur. Yes, you need to read this book about loving your neighbor…or your pet spider.
- The Ginger Man – Huh? Never read it. Don’t think I will read this story about a guy looking for things I am not (women, booze and a rogue lifestyle).
- Lolita – Never read it. I definitely will not read this book, and you can read a quick blurb of it if you like and find out. Yuck!
- One Hundred Years of Solitude – Never read it. Not likely to read this, because it is in Spanish. I barely know English!
- Watership Down – Never read it. I am beginning to wonder why I haven’t read all these books other people have read. This book sounds interesting. 2 talking rabbits looking for a new home when their previous one was destroyed – like Orwell’s Animal Farm.
- The Eagle Has Landed – Never read it. This is the only spy thriller in the Top 25. Looks like fun to read about the IRA attempting to kidnap Winston Churchill.
- The Hite Report – Never read it. No thanks. Shouldn’t be reading this kind of book…ever!
- The Name of the Rose – Never read it. This sounds like a fun novel about a Franciscan friar who is trying to find the killer of multiple murders who is leaving behind signs and symbols to help track him down.
- The Bridges of Madison County – Never read it. Never saw the movie. But if the book follows the same storyline of the movie, I remember that movie trailer, and I have zero desire to read that book based on that plot.
- The Catcher in the Rye – Never read it. My oldest son read this book and liked it. I probably should read this book about teenage rebellion to see what my kids are planning.
- The Alchemist – Never read it. I read the blurb about this book and have no idea what it is about. Some guy goes to Egypt and looks for something abstract. Yawn!
- Think and Grow Rich – Never read it. I want to read this book – not because I want to be wealthy but because we can learn a plethora of good and bad ideas from our nation’s leaders, thinkers, and influences. This book looks at Andrew Carnegie.
- The Da Vinci Code – I read this one, because everyone else seemed to be reading it in the mid-2000’s. I am not sure it is worth reading now, as the intrigue of finding the Holy Grail isn’t what it used to be since Indiana Jones found it.
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – I read it and you should too. This is the best one in the series in The Chronicles of Narnia, in my opinion. The symbols are clear; the story is fun; the outcome is inspiring; the characters are quote-worthy; the lessons are needed.
- Dream of the Red Chamber – Never read it. When I read that this book had 40 major characters and 500 minor characters, I decided my pea-sized brain couldn’t keep up.
- She: A History of Adventure – Never read it. I am intrigued by this story about 2 men who travel to Africa and meet a queen named “She-who-must-be-obeyed.” The book influenced Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.
- And Then There Were None – Never read it. Yes, I will read this some day. It’s Agatha Christie.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Read it under the USA name “Sorcerer’s Stone. Whether you should read it or not is a blog post for another time, because Christians don’t agree on that issue.
- The Little Prince – Never read it. It’s a children’s book about an alien who comes to earth. Why is this book so popular? I am simply not interested in another alien story.
- The Lord of the Rings – I have read it…several times. One of the few books outside of the Bible I think everyone should read, because of the important themes, the character development, etc. The movies were awesome, and the books were better. How often does that happen?
- A Tale of Two Cities – Read it. I don’t remember if I enjoyed this book or not.
Some of you may be asking, “Where is the Bible? Or Pilgrim’s Progress?” Well, this website where I got this list say it is difficult to estimate the actual sales numbers from those 2 books, but they admitted that the Bible is still likely the best-selling book in history.