By Beth Clark • December 27, 2018
Are you ever curious what people around the globe are reading? Us too! So we decided to find out. It turns out that compiling the literary faves of 7 billion people is challenging...and impossible in some countries. But we succeeded in our mission, and it's cool to see how united we are by what we're reading, in spite of living in a world of sometimes vastly different cultures and languages. So. Many. Languages! Sometimes with comical translations: The 13-Story Treehouse becomes "The Crazy Tree Hut of 13 Floors" and Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13: The Meltdown is "Gregs Tagebuch 13 - Eiskalt!" in Germany, which is "Greg's Diary: Ice Cold" in English, and in Dutch, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" translates to "The Life of a Loser." Math may be the universal language, but it's not what most of us are curling up with at the end of the day.
What we are curling up with is Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13: The Meltdown (Book #13) by Jeff Kinney. Seriously…it's #1 internationally right now, which is pretty crazy since it just came out October 30th! In the US, it's #1 on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other bestseller lists, and it's topping charts in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Israel, Latvia, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey. Other books that make frequent 'top 5' appearances are Becoming by Michelle Obama, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by J.K. Rowling, Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and...The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith.
FRANCE: Le Signal by Maxime Chattam, The Color Monster: A Story about Emotions by Anna Llenas
Australia: The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton
New Zealand: A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave
Russia: The Big Green Tent by Lyudmila Ulitskaya
Saudi Arabia: Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
South Africa: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
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