Ready for a blast from the past? BibliOZ, an Australian resource for tracking down out-of-print and collectible books, offers a nifty web feature that’s sure to make you feel your age – or, as we prefer to think of it, the depth of your experience.
Birthday Best Sellers is a database of New York Times Best Sellers lists for every week going back to 1950 (beyond that, it’s a annual). And the cool part is that when you type in your birthdate, BibliOZ shows you the bestselling books from the week you were born, both fiction and nonfiction.
It’s fun to see what your parents might have been reading while they waited for your arrival. And it’s also a fascinating snapshot of popular culture (in the U.S., at least) at the time of your birth. Who knows? You could even create a sort of literary horoscope… Hmmm, does the fact that Mario Puzo’s The Godfather is on my list indicate a tendency toward violence or devotion to family? Maybe this sort of thing should be left to the professionals.