Where in the World?


This week The Book Depository released a map showing their most-purchased book by country.

I, of course, went straight to Australia: Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals. I wasn’t even surprised.

New Zealand? Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals. Now that’s interesting. Why 15 minutes, New Zealand? Do you really have 15 less minutes then us is your day? Are they busy herding sheep? Chasing feral kiwis? Maybe New Zealanders have adopted the hobbit diet. Six meals is a lot to schedule in one day. Thirty minutes preparation for each meal would mean second breakfast would run into elevensies and all hell would break loose.

Indonesia is particularly keen on the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy boxset. Someone ought to explain there’s better erotic fanfiction to be found free, on the internet. At least France is only ordering Fifty Shades of Grey book #1.

Thailand is ordering 1984. Maybe they’re feeling oppressed by their political unrest. Near neighbour Vietnam is getting into the true spirit of George Orwell and are looking into the future with their Deviant Moon Tarot Decks.

China is stuck with the Moleskin Large Ruled Notebook. Maybe words on the page would encourage thoughts of the world outside of China. No one wants that.  Although the Japanese are also buying blank, but opting for the Moleskin Large Squared Notebook instead. South Korea, clearly worried about North Korea, seems to have decided where they’re moving next and are preparing with Sing and Learn Spanish.

Norway is reading How to Brew. It’s just not fair that Denmark and Germany get the famous reputations. But they’re preoccupied with keeping their beer businesses booming, getting help from Business Generation Model.

Plenty of countries are worried about their test scores. Italy is preparing with The Ultimate EU Test Book 2013 and Jordan with SAT. Meanwhile Saudi Arabia is sharpening their anatomy skills with The Concise Human Body Book and Oman is trying to do some good, studying Statistics for Geography and Environmental Science.  Watch out for those nerds.

The US has even less time than New Zealand (and they don’t even have hobbits!), and they’re struggling to manage it with The One Minute Manager.  Up North, Canada is finally figuring out the difference between their stomach and their brain thanks to Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

Peru has gone Lego-mad and can’t put down LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopaedia.

It’s so interesting to have a look and see what people around the world are ordering. Even bordering countries have such different top picks. What has your country been ordering? Did it surprise you or did you roll your eyes like me? At least we’re all ahead of Chile. They’re still learning the basics with Let’s Cut Paper!

Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, in which we muse about books and reading.  Anyone can join in!


16 thoughts on “Where in the World?

  1. joysofbookworms says:

    It’s so fascinating to see what everyone’s reading by country and you delivered it in a very amusing way. 🙂

  2. GREAT post!
    Although. . . I really have to wonder which customers are actually buying all those “One Minute Manager” books here in the US. As far as I know, Book Depository isn’t widely used here at all. I’ve always thought of it as mainly a European book source.

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