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Books, Additional Subthemes

Subthemes: Records, Expressions

The subthemes of Books discussed above came to mind from a poem by an author reflecting on an unauthorized book, a painting of books piled on a table, a plea by a writer of paperback novels, and a movie about book informed youth. Here are more subthemes that don’t link so directly to any of the four works of art.

Records: We offer you a tiny tome of superlatives related to Books.

*Most expensive, religious – in 2017, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints spent $35 million on a handwritten printer’s manuscript from 1830 of the Book of Mormon. The most expensive Bible ever is a Gutenberg Bible that sold for \$5.39 million (\$12.2 million in 2016 dollars) in 1987; the most expensive Talmud went for \$9.3 million in 2015; and the most expensive Quran was a 7th century fragment that sold for \$4.9 million (\$5.8 million) in 2008. Book Riot

*Most copies sold – Don Quixote (500 million copies) by Miguel de Cervantes; A Tale of Two Cities (200 million copies) by Charles Dickens, and The Lord of the Rings (150 million copies) by J.R.R. Tolkien. James Clear

*Wealthiest authors and their estimated net worth – J.K. Rowling, \$1 billion; James Patterson, \$560 million; and Stephen King, \$400 million. Mental Floss

*Longest – Marcel Proust’s À la recherché du temps perdu—or In Search of Lost Time—runs nearly 1.3 million words. Mental Floss

*Most prolific author – Brazilian author Ryoki Inoue holds the Guinness World Record with 1,075 books. iris

*Largest advance – In 2009, James Patterson signed a deal with Hachette to write 11 adult books and 6 for young adults by the end of 2012 for \$150 million. Book Riot

*Largest movie rights – Hard to know because contracts are private and rights can have various entitlements, but Dan Brown’s 2003 best-seller, The Da Vinci Code, reputedly earned a \$6,000,000 fee. Quora

*Largest and smallest physical size – the world’s biggest book is a collection of stone tablets in Myanmar. The smallest book—Teeny Ted from Turnip Town—can only be read through an electron microscope. Mental Floss

Expressions: Figurative sayings related to Books are not voluminous. For a master list of online sources that have contributed idioms to the various Themes on this blog, see Work Additional Subthemes(). For this collection of 23, aside from identifying expressions myself, I drew on [Expresso English[(https://www.espressoenglish.net/10-english-expressions-with-the-word-book/), English with a Twist, and English on Your Mind. Expressions do not include proverbs, such as “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Or similes: “His face is like an open book.”

an open book (a person easy to understand who doesn’t hide thoughts or emotions
book ends (to come before and after)
book someone (put someone’s name in police records, along with the charge against them)
book a room (arrange for someone to stay at a hotel)
book it (flee)
bookworm (a person who loves to read)
checked out (not focused on the work to be done)
cook the books (falsify the accounting of a business)
do something by the book (follow the rules exactly)
have your nose in a book (be reading)
hit the books (study)
in someone’s good/bad book (when someone is pleased/annoyed with you)
bring someone to book (punish someone when they’ve done something wrong)
oldest trick in the book (a subterfuge used many times yet remains effective)
one for the record books (something that sets a new record, or something remarkable)
page turner (gripping, hard to stop reading)
put it in the books (the end of a game, officially finished)
start a new chapter (begin a new phase of life)
take a leaf from someone’s book (copy what another has done because they succeeded)
take/borrow a leaf/page out of someone’s book (imitate a person’s successful actions)
throw the book at him (charge a person with a broad range of wrongs)
try/use every trick in the book (attempt everything possible, including dishonest methods)
wrote the book on (have comprehensive knowledge about a particular area)

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