The bestselling books of the past century


What do The Inside of the Cup by Winston Churchill (not that Winston Churchill), The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and Fifty Shades of Grey all have in common? They were each the bestselling book of the year (in 1913, 1939 and 2012, respectively.) Publishers Weekly, which covers the North American publishing industry, has kept track of the bestselling books in the United States since 1913. That's 100 years of #1 book titles (or it will be at the end of this year!).

And Matt Kahn, a creative writing student at California State University, according to his Twitter bio, is going to read them all. He's tracking his progress and reviewing the books as he goes on his blog, Kahn's Corner.

Which leads us to ask two questions:

How many of these books have you read? (Let us know in the poll below)


When is someone going to do this for the Canadian bestsellers?

-- hat tip to Kottke for this blog discovery