Monday, 17 December 2007

We all love books!

The origin of the Latin word for book, liber, comes from the Romans who used the thin layer found between the bark and the wood (the liber) before the times of parchment. The English word comes from the Danish word for book, bog, meaning birch tree, as the early people of Denmark wrote on birch bark.

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
A room without books is like a body without a soul."
GK Chesterton

"My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water." Mark Twain
"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." ~James Bryce
"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book". ~Author Unknown
"If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." ~Groucho Marx
"Let books be your dining table, And you shall be full of delights Let them be your mattress And you shall sleep restful nights."~Author Unknown
"Never judge a book by its movie." JW Eagan

Best sellers
1. The Bible (6.7 billion copies)
2. Quotations from Chairman Mao, Mao Tse-Tung (900 million)
3. The Qur’an (800 million)
4. Xinhua Zidian (400 million — a Chinese dictionary, first published in 1953)
5. The Book of Common Prayer, Thomas Cranmer
6. Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
7. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, John Foxe
8. The Book of Mormon, Joseph J. Smith, Jr. (123 million)
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling (107 million — UK title was …and the Philosopher’s Stone)
10. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie (100 million)
11. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (100 million)
12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling (65 million)
13. The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown (65 million)
14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling (60 million)
15. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger (60 million)

The best selling books about autism from the NAS

If you would like to see some creative books see here!

36 comments:

MOTHER OF MANY said...

Moving swiftly on......the link to the creative books is amazing,they are inspirational.

alan said...

Thank you for your well wishes when you visited me the other day! You were so very kind!

I love all the quotes here! Mark Twain has been a favorite since childhood, though it's some of his short stories I love most. He grew up not so very far from here...

It's very nice to meet you!

alan

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

I love the quote "Never judge a book by it's movie"...

I tend to think we should always read the book before the movie!

laughingwolf said...

thx cas... books have always delighted me, same as art and music!

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Crystal Jigsaw said...

And then there was mine!

Crystal xx

abstractjenn said...

Hi Casdok!
Well own quite a few of the top sellers including #1 & #2. I have the Mao book because I did a research project on him for school. I"m sure I'm on some FBI list for buying it though!

Have a great day.

Cait O'Connor said...

I also like the 'Never judge a book by its movie' quote.
Being a bibliophile I loved your post.

Phil Plasma said...

Ahh books. I've been part of a book group for almost 10 years now, reading quite a vast selection of titles and authors.

As for your list, we are about 15 pages away from being finished reading the first Harry Potter book to my son.

inherwritemind1 said...

Oh, how I would love to be like Salinger, with his measly 60 million.

But then, I'd have to become a hermit and not write any more books.

Patti said...

fun quotes and an interesting list ~ I need to read books more. I'm bad.

Helen said...

"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book".

I loved that one - thanks!

Brett said...

Unfortunately, we don't all love books. I blogged about some recent reports about that in Books, books, and more books on my non-autism blog.

I also recently joined the site Shelfari.com. If you love books, and would like to share what you've read and connect with others, you should check it out. (You can visit my profile here.)

A nice feature at Shelfari is the ability to set up groups, basically an on-line book club. I've set one up called Books by Autism Parents and Autistics. So far I'm the only one in the group :-(, I'd love to have some company.

Beck said...

I certainly DO love books! My husband is spending this week building new bookshelves for our living room!

katy said...

got to be my fav quote "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." ~Groucho Marx
love a good book, but must fess never read any of those on the top list, well excpet the Bible

Jocelyn said...

Those quotes are great; I may put one on my Novels class syllabus next term!

So religion and heretical young witches and warlocks have racked up the biggest sales. It's all about extremes.

Rhonda said...

What would life be without a good book or two?!

laurentius rex said...

My brother is an amazing guy, you have maybe heard about the number of books Kim Peek has read. Well fair genug Mr peek has memorised them but I do not think he has read as many as my brother.

Recently for instance there being a serialisation of Elizabeth Gaskell on the BBC I conversed with him about that saying casually "I suppose you have the complete works of Mrs Gaskell on your bookshelves"

Naturally he had, and had read them all. You don't want to know what he has read but it includes obscure 19th century French Novels in translation (he leaves the ones in the original French to me)

He has read the Bible, the Bhagavad Ghita, and the Koran an heaven knows what else.

Literally he will buy a crate of books from an auction and read through them in a week.

Of course when it comes to a battle of memory, he will beat me on the books but I have him on the visual image I really have him by the balls there :)

Little Wing said...

I would much rather read a book than watch a movie.
I believe books are like music, life would not be worth living without either.

Chris H said...

OOO glad to see I have been reading popular books ! Harry Potter that is! shows my level of intellect me thinks! ha ha ha.

QUASAR9 said...

And there was me thinking that Shakespeare's plays must have been more widely read than the tales from the old & new testament.

I guess John Lennon and the Beatles for all the hype, never really were more famous (popular) than Mark, Matthew, Luke & John.

Paul F. said...

That's a lot of bibles!

Marla said...

We are totally addicted to books in our house. Maizie devours them.

Hotwire said...

ah, catcher in the rye - beautiful!

Eileen said...

Loving this post so much!! I don't know what I would do without my books. The quotes are simply wonderful!
XOXO

Angela said...

books bring in new perspectives

Cowgirl said...

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." ~Groucho Marx - Loved it!!!!

Books and Me are great mates - I have a wall lined with them.

Thanks for a great post!

Shari said...

I heard that the Holy Bible was the best selling book. I was wondering if J.K.Rowling's books would be on the list.

I've only read about five of the books on the list. I'd better get movin' so I have read the top 15...

Dad Stuff said...

Great quotes! I've heard the Groucho Marx one many times and it makes me laugh every time.
The success of JK Rowling is amazing.

DJ Kirkby said...

Love a lot of those books.

Anne Brooke said...

Love that Marx quote - still laughing!!

:))

A
xxx

Pixie said...

Books, are my sanctuary when the world gets tough, they are my joy when I'm happy, they are my solace when I hurt, they are my friends when in inhospitable places, they are where I escape on dull Sunday afternoons.They are something I would never want to be without.
pxx

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

It's good to see some of my favorites on that list.

BBC said...

At some point in time you should stop reading books and start thinking for yourself. Albert Einstein.

Casdok said...

I dont think i could ever stop reading books!

laurentius rex said...

The trouble with comparing the success of JK Rowling with the success of the Bible is that of sampling and proportion.

Today there is a greater capacity to print and sell books to a larger population than there has ever been, so any modern author is going to outsell all the copies those obscure books that were hand copied by scribes and passed from hand to hand.

To get any idea of popularity (and of course it is impossible) you need a mathematical function to deal with percentage reach of a particular book within the maximum possible population.

Any modern author stands likely to outsell any ancient one who is long out of print, even if the out of print book was a best seller in it's day.

Whatever happened to all that Victorian and latter day pulp? Well that's what it is now, pulp and long recycled.

Oh where can one get a copy of Bicycle Ben or the Old Flat Topped Mountain nowadays? and who nowadays
remembers Mrs Munch?

History will decide whether J K Rowling will be in the same league as Tolkein in years to come.