Best Selling Books In History

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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!
  8. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Never read it. Not likely to read this, because it is in Spanish. I barely know English!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The Hite Report – Never read it. No thanks. Shouldn’t be reading this kind of book…ever!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. And Then There Were None – Never read it. Yes, I will read this some day. It’s Agatha Christie.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
  25. 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.

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