B Is For Boys or Best Sellers?

02 Apr

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 4.28.31 PMInspired by the AtoZ Blog Challenge.

What great books came out the year you were born?

Hitting off the AtoZ Blog Challenge with Adoption draws my mind closer to the home hearth and items of personal importance. Boys are a big deal at our house considering how I’m out numbered, and I have to sigh and smile gratefully that our oldest has finally discovered the usefulness of matches…in the restroom.

Meanwhile, my husband recommended I do Bestsellers. Since I suffer from decision making disorder (i.e. DMD–did I make that up or is actually clinical?), I thought I’d do both.

Bestselling Books associated with the B-irth years near to when our sons burst on the scene gleaned from Hard Cover Fiction, Paperbacks, Non Fiction, and Trade Paperback lists. This was a very entertaining exercise. I loved James Dobson’s Bringing Up Boys came up on this list. How apropos.

Why did East of Eden by John Steinbeck surge back to the top? Did I miss a new movie remake? And wow–those top names that everyone knows–they just keep hitting the lists.

Peruse my gleanings, maybe search for your own. Publishers Weekly was the resource, but I liked how the info was organized here. Now if I only had a free month to list all the books I’ve ever read on Goodreads 😉


Fiction selections that caught my eye:

The Summons, John Grisham (also Playing for Pizza which I don’t recall@all)

Treasure of Khan, Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler

The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown

Remnant, Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye (also Babylon Rising)

Hannibal Rising, Thomas Harris

Everything’s Eventual, Stephen King (also From a Buick 8, Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla)

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom (also For One More Day)

LOTR (Lord of the Rings) by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Wedding, Nicholas Sparks (plus 7 others)

11 by Nora Roberts

16 by James Patterson

5 by Patricia Cornwell

8 by Janet Evanovich,

Non Fiction:

Guinness World Records 2004, Guinness World Records (Always a Family Favorite–can’t get that guy with the long finger nails out of my head!)

A Life God Rewards, Bruce Wilkinson with David Kopp

Blue Like Jazz, Don Miller

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Sarah Crichton

The South Beach Diet, Arthur Agatston, M.D.

Christmas with Paula Deen: Recipes and Stories from My Favorite Holiday by Paula Deen, Simon & Schuster

Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson

Bush at War, Bob Woodward

Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren

Clapton by Eric Clapton, Broadway Books

The World According to Mister Rogers, Fred Rogers

Marley & Me by John Grogan (Did I mention even our dog is a boy?)


Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).



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7 responses to “B Is For Boys or Best Sellers?

  1. Susan Gourley

    April 3, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I’ve read so many of those best sellers on the fiction list but my non fiction reading lists aren’t represented as bestsellers.

  2. kristinkingauthor

    April 3, 2014 at 5:20 pm


  3. kristinkingauthor

    April 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Yes! That’s the one.

  4. M Pepper Langlinais

    April 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    You mean the guy with the fingernails so long they grew in curls? I’ll always remember that . . .

  5. halleygentil

    April 3, 2014 at 4:46 am

    What a fun idea! I looked up books from my birth year and didn’t recognize many titles but did recognize many authors (Orson Scott Card, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Roald Dahl (LOVE him), Stephen King, Robert Ludlum, and John Piper to name a few). Wonderful; thanks to you, I have added to my to-read list! 🙂

  6. kristinkingauthor

    April 3, 2014 at 3:16 am

    I was surprised how much I got out of Kite Runner. Such a foreign-to-me culture. I get a lot out of books that take me to new worlds. Are you on Goodreads for your to-read list? We could connect there as well.
    Best wishes on your A to Z!

  7. Michelle

    April 3, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I love that you chose books based on your son’s birth year. Very creative. I’ve only read the Five People You Meet in Heaven and LOTR, but Kite Runner is on my to -read list!

    I’m doing the A to Z Challenge too! 🙂


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