I think it’s safe to say that most people enjoy snuggling up with a good book in front of the fire on a grizzly day. Sounds like a perfect day to us and probably one for most of you readers. Books give you that chance to drift off from the world and join another, so it’s no wonder that the average person will read around 4 books a year.
Since we share the love of books with many others we decided to look in books a little further. You’ll be surprised how many wonderful facts there are out there about books, we have learnt a lot.
Here we have decided to choose the top 20 most fascinating facts about books, which you can share and compare with your book-loving friends!
1. Did you know, the fear of running out of something to read is called Abibliophobia.
2. The world’s smallest book is Teeny Ted from Turnip Town.
3. There are four law books bound in human skin at the Harvard University Library.
4. Rumour has it that former American President Theodore Roosevelt read one book a day.
5. People say the longest sentence to ever be printed in literature belongs to Victor Hugo. The claim is that in Les Misérables there is a sentence which is 823 words long.
6. 1 in 5 adults around the world cannot read or write.
7. Up to 50 books can be made from 1 tree.
8. Copies of pulped Mills and Boon novels were used to build part of the M6 toll road.
9. The most expensive book in the world is Codex Leicester by Leonardo Da Vinci. It was purchased by Bill Gates for 30.8 million dollars.
10. In America, the most banned books are Harry Potter. The apparent reasons are because they promote witchcraft, they set bad examples and are too dark.
11. To write a novel, it takes around 475 hours.
12. The Holy Bible, Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung and Harry Potter are the 3 most read books in the world.
13. A study found that you are 2 ½ times less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in later life if you read regularly.
14. Mark Twain’s, Adventure of Tom Sawyer is said to be the first novel written on a typewriter.
15. There is an actual word for loving the smell of old books, it’s Bibliosmia.
16. The author of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie gave the rights of this book to Great Ormond Street Hospital to help fund it in the year 1921. The hospital is still receiving help from this.
17. On estimate, there are 755,755 new books published each year.
18. The earliest known written existence of the word ‘book’ is in a book by Alfred the Great.
19. Lord of the Ring author, J.R.R Tolkien typed the whole trilogy with just two fingers!
20. In Sydney, 2012 a record was made for the most people to balance books on their head at the same time and place with 998 people participating.
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