curious about the how-and-why of any list relating to books, so when I saw this from Bookfinder I had to investigate it.
glance, No. 1 choice On the Psychology of Military Incompetenceseems rather bizarre but then thinking about it, the world is so
chock full of incompetent leaders of all persuasions these days it's maybe not that
surprising really that readers want the reassurance that we have always had idiots in charge!
famous Sex title hardly needs explanation, as do vintage children's
books, books on which movies are based, on knitting or touring, those
on the meaning of life, existence of God and philosophical musings.
War and weapons are going to pull a lot of punters. Fly fishing is
supposedly one of the world's top ways to relax and perhaps Stephen
King's back-list and ditto Nora Roberts can be easily justified as
they are two of the world's most popular authors. But that still leaves a lot of titles that are baffling.
are ludicrously expensive for no apparent reason than they are
probably rare. Are some of them suggested reading in certain
university or other courses? Why would numerous people be interested
in a 1959 teen book called The Pink Dress – a sudden
infectious burst of nostalgia in middle-aged women perhaps? The review comments on Goodreads might bear that out.
fascination with South African botanical art? There are a number of
deceased Australian authors listed like Evan Green and Arthur W.
Upfield, also why is Janet Woods' Beyond the Plough searched for so much? A fairly recent standard historical romance without much fanfare on
Goodreads or Amazon, so a mystery.
spotted No. 73 is Anybody can do Anything which I remember having
on the shelf at home when I was a girl – in fact my mother read all
the books written by this woman, thought her wonderful and was very
sad when she died quite young. She was Betty MacDonald, author of
other famous works like The Egg and I, The Plague and I and Onions in
the Stew, and was mega-famous in the 1950s although her name is unlikely to mean much to the present generation of readers.
Ah nostalgia indeed! I've now got a sudden hankering to revisit her books and see if they
stand up to the passage of time, whether they can still raise a laugh
today. Maybe my searches for copies will help boost her ratings in
next year's Bookfinder list? I guess that is how it works.