Your controller just handed you their resignation letter. Your company’s website suffered a serious security breach the night before. Your banker wants to add some meat to your LOC’s bank covenants. How about a quick diversion? I have one for you.
I really do have a day job where I work long hours. But I still had time to scratch a curiosity itch recently. I was wondering about the books that were published during the year I was born. I also wanted to know if any best-selling business books were on my list.
The 1961 Books Wayback Machine
Since I look 15 years younger than my actual age, I don’t mind saying that I was born in *61. That’s right, there’s a movie about the year I was born. Go look it up on IMDB.
Did you know that Goodreads (owned by, of course, Amazon) allows a reader to find published books during any given year? For instance, in the link below, change the year below to the one you choose once you are on Goodreads.
After picking a year–you can change it using the filter in the sidebar–take note the list is sorted on the count of user ratings, not by average rating. Here are some of my takeaways:
Book With the Most Ratings
Catch-22. I’ve decided I’ll be reading it soon.
Books I’ve Read
- The Phantom Tollbooth – I read it in 2018 after my adult children were talking about it during a holiday meal.
- The Great Siege: Malta 1565 – One of my favorite books.
Biggest Surprise on The List
West Side Story, but I guess I had no idea when this was written.
Books I’ll Be Reading
- Revolutionary Road – just bought it and hope to read it soon.
- A Grief Observed – I’ve ordered it; now I need to read it.
- The Time Machine/The War of The Worlds – I’m in no hurry, but I suppose I should read these.
- Where the Red Fern Grows – It’s a classic, I have to read it.
Where Are the Business Books?
No Peter Drucker. No obscure management titles. Tom Peters wasn’t even 20 yet. In the 21st century, the business genre is alive and well. Not so in 1961.
Title Photo Credit: Hans Vivek
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