I found myself idly wondering this morning what the most popular book of all time was. I did a Google search, and Soyouwanna.com listed the ten most popular, so I checked it out. They freely admit that their stats are only on books with available sales figures, but their list still provides a general idea of what folks have preferred. Here it is:*
10.In His Steps: “What Would Jesus Do?”
Author: Rev. Charles Monroe Sheldon
Copies sold: 28,500,000
3. American Spelling Book
Author: Noah Webster
Copies sold: 100,000,000
1. The Bible
Copies sold: 6,000,000,000
What I find interesting is that only one of the books would be categorized as fiction.** Reference books, religious works, “how to” manuals and dogma all outrank the imagination for supplying a good read. That Valley of the Dolls must be some book!
*To see the complete annotation, go to their website.
**For those of you who — like me — have never heard of A Message to Garcia, it is a motivational true story.