Ever wonder what your mom might have been reading while she was pregnant with you? To celebrate World Book Day, UK-based online bookshop Wordery launched a fun new tool that allows you to discover which book was at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list the year you were born.
Simply enter your age and Wordery reveals your birth year’s most popular title, along with how long it spent at the top spot. You can also scroll through the tool’s timeline to find out which books were favorites between 1948 and 2018.
“It’s always fun to find out what was happening in the world the year you were born and knowing which novel your parents were likely to be reading throughout the first year of your life is quite fascinating,” says Barry Magennis, a spokesperson for Wordery. “Not only that, if, like me, you find yourself asking ‘what should I read next?’ then this offers some great recommendations to help you figure out what book should be next on your reading list.”
While John Grisham is the author who features most frequently, the list reveals Hawaii by James A. Michener as the most popular book of all—it spent a staggering 38 weeks as the bestseller in 1960. Harry Potter fans might remember the year 1999, when J.K. Rowling’s The Prisoner of Azkaban took the top spot for 10 weeks. The most recent bestseller is James Patterson and Bill Clinton’s political thriller, The President Is Missing, which was released in 2018.
Discover the bestselling book the year you were born on the Wordery website.