As much as I love reading new releases, there are times when I crave a well-written novel which has stood the test of time.
The other day as I was busy working (aka. procrastinating online) I came across a list of the New York Times best sellers the week I was born. It turns out of the top 15 novels the week of my birth, I’ve only heard of two of them. And of those I haven’t read either.
So I’ve decided to set myself a challenge. By November I want to have read at least ten of these books and see just how interesting/relevant they are to audiences today.
Added bonus – it’s Lifeline Bookfest weekend! I love going to lifeline book fests where books are such good value and all the proceeds go to the Lifeline charity. (Link to Lifeline Bookfest Gold Coast)
I’m optimistic I can pick up a few books on this list this weekend!
First up: Misery by Stephen King
I’ve never actually finished a Stephen King novel before despite starting quite a few. This may be a bit of an odd challenge but there are a few authors here that I’ve always wanted to read and just never gotten around to reading before.
You can find the best selling lists all the way back to the 1950’s here: http://www.hawes.com/pastlist.htm
I read Misery back then.
I have read other Tom Wolfe books. I started that one, but I don’t think I finished it.
I remember reading a Tom Clancy novel back then, but I forget which one.
Neat discussion post!
I’ve read a few Tom Clancy but not this one. And I’ve not read any Tom Wolfe so that is something to look forward to! Thanks for the visit.
Oh, this is interesting! I want to do this one, too. But man, I was born in 1974. I wonder what kind of books were written then. Where did you find this list? Link?
Here’s a link to the lists for 1974: http://www.hawes.com/1974/1974.htm
Oohh… in May 1974 Watership Down by Richard Adams was the best selling book. That’s one of my all time favourite books!
Ohhh, this is AWESOME Kate! I want to do this too (although I’ll have to go back to 1980 though. I wish we had one that was just Aussie titles, I feel they’d be much more relatable that books from the US from that era. Might see if I can find something by Googling. You should make this a challenge for others to join too, so many would be loving this one <3 <3 Brilliant idea!
This is such a neat idea! I haven’t heard of most of these titles, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it 🙂
I’d not heard of them either. I actually managed to find a few of the titles on my dad’s shelves so that’s been great. And I finally stepped in and have started reading my first ever Stephen King!