Friday, February 01, 2008

Top 15 Selling Books in 2007

The top 15 Books sold in 2007 are (drum roll please):

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-- by J. K. Rowling

2. The Secret-- by Rhonda Byrne

3. Eat, Pray, Love-- by Elizabeth Gilbert

4. A Thousand Splendid Suns-- by Khaled Hosseini

5. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter-- by Kim Edwards

6. The Kite Runner-- by Khaled Hosseini

7. Water For Elephants-- by Sara Gruen

8. The Dangerous Book for Boys-- by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden

9. I Am America (And So Can You!)-- by Stephen Colbert

10. You: Staying Young-- by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz

11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince-- by J. K. Rowling

12. You: On a Diet-- by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz

13. The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town--
by John Grisham

14. The Road-- by Cormac McCarthy

15. The Glass Castle: A Memoir-- by Jeannette Walls

Note that there are two novels by Khaled Hosseini on the list along
with two Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling. The two novels by
Hosseini are the closest to anything on the list of books about war
and revolution and the results of both. Both books take place
in Afghanistan, both in the seventies and eighties. Both novels
are highly recommended by reviewers across the board, as is the
movie, adapted from the book, The Kite Runner, now playing in

This list of the top 15 selling books sold in the USA in 2007 came
from a list by USA Today this week of the top 100 books sold in

Again, I am sorry that there isn't a real military history nonfiction
book in the top 15, but there just seems to be less interest in
military history these days. That seems to be accompanied by
less interest and respect for our military. The Iraqi and Afghanistani
Wars are off the front pages, replaced by the bad economic news,
such as the loss of 17,000 jobs in a report issued today.

The wars may be off the front pages, and people may have less
interest in them, but that still doesn't change facts such as we've
lost 3,900+ men and women in the Iraq War so far.

Other items of news this past week are the loss of five American
service people in one single attack in Iraq and that a report
has concluded that the U.S. does not have the forces in its own
country to respond adequately to an attack on our own soil.

I guess people console themselves with fluff. Entertainment that
doesn't mention all this bad news. Books like Eat, Pray, Love
(number 3 on the list) and You: Staying Young (number 10 on
the list).

I'll bet books such as You: Staying Young weren't very popular
during the depression in the thirties or in 1944-45 Europe when
people were eating tulip bulbs in The Netherlands, for example,
during World War II.--Copyright 2008 by Walter Haan,


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