Top 10 Books People Buy But Don’t Read
The Top 10 series in The Independent on Sunday’s colour supplement New Review started with the “Top 10 Worst Beatles Songs”. This Sunday’s “Top 10 Misquotations” has already gone to press. But I still need your help with the following weeks.
At the launch of Alan Johnson’s memoir of his childhood, This Boy (you will have to read it to understand the title), which I have reviewed, I was discussing with some bookish people the kinds of books, unlike AJ’s, that people buy but don’t read. Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom and Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time came first to mind. Bill Clinton’s memoir, My Life, and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s It Takes a Village were mentioned. Ulysses by James Joyce was proposed and then withdrawn, on the grounds that hardly anyone actually buys it in the first place (you can get it free on Kindle).
More nominations please.
And nominations for more Top 10s.Tagged in: top10
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