It seems like we're forever looking for something great to read, right?
This morning, when I flipped through my desk calendar, a notebook-sized spiral angled at writers with trivia and notes of encouragement (published by QPB), I stumbled across a list of The Bestselling Books of All Time! And I thought, why not share the titles? It would appear these are the somethings great.
*The following information is copied word-for-word from the calendar.*
The Bible holds the number-one spot, with somewhere between five and six billion copies sold. In fact, religious titles--the Koran, the Book of Mormon, the Book of Common Prayer--all have boffo sales figures. But they would skew the list. For that matter, so do Harry Potter novels. So regard this as a partial, yet utterly fascinating roster of the kind of sales figures authors dream of.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, 1605 - 500 million copies
Clear away the sacred texts and this is the first secular book - and novel to boot! - with seriously impressive sales figures.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, 1814 - 200 million copies
Who knew swashbuckling, a quest for vengeance and suddenly becoming really, really rich could have such broad appeal?
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, 1939 - 115 million copies
You may also know this classic mystery novel by its alternate title, Ten Little Indians.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, 1951 - 65 million copies
We debated whether to include this one, since it does apear so often on high school and college reading lists, but, a sale is a sale.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, 2003 - 64 million copies
One can only sigh heavily.
Heidi by Johanna Spyri, 1880 - 52 million copies
This one took us by surprise, too.
The following are all tied at 50 million copies
Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace, 1880
King Solomon's Mines by Henry Rider Haggard, 1885
The Curse of Capistrano (aka The Mask of Zorro) by Johnston McCulley, 1920
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, 1936
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1943
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1946
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, 1988
So what do you think? Were you in the know? How many/which ones have you already read?