Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What do you think the pope is reading?


My friend, Maan, sent me a text message about Pope Benedict's XVI's personal library collection of more than 20,000 books. Hmmm... How many bibles does this man have?

I'm guessing that not all of those books are religious. (Some of those are just boring.) After all, the pope has to be kept abreast of what his millions of followers all over the world are into. And he is fluent in at least 10 languages.

So, in the spirit of good-natured fun, let's take a shot at what books Pope Benedict might have in his collection. Here are my top guesses:
  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  2. the complete Twilight books
  3. The Sandman graphic novels
  4. Harlequinn romances
  5. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  6. YOU: Staying Young
  7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Your turn, dear reader. What non-religious books do you think the pope has in his library?

21 comments:

line of flight said...

i own none of these books but i suspect they are one of the 200,000:

1. I'm Okay, You're Okay.
2. Mein Kampf
3. Suze Orman's Guide to 2009
4. a dream dictionary

Peter S. said...

Hello, line of flight! Hahaha. LOL on the dream dictionary.

Ryan G said...

My guesses would be:

1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
2. The complete Dune series
3. Green Eggs and Ham
4. Canterbury Tales
5. The Da Vinci Code
6. Why the Caged Bird Sings
7. Peter Pan
8. Dracula
9. Pope Joan
10. The Eight by Katherine Neville

line of flight said...

okay okay. i own several dream dictionaries and at one time I'm Okay You're Okay. but unlike BXVI, I was never a member of any Nazi youth organizations and have never read the whole Mein Kampf.

Maan said...

decameron kaya? hehehehehe... tsaka mga ubmerto eco books? :)

Maan said...

typo... umberto... hahahaha! dyslexic! :P

Maan said...

im flooding your comments! Diary of Anne Frank! hehehehe.

Book pusher said...

How about Philip Pulman's Dark Materials trilogy?

Portobello's coffee said...

1."Angels and Demons"

2."The Da Vinci Code"

3."The Official Book Club Selection" by Kathy Griffin.

Charlie said...

1. The complete works of the Marquis de Sade

2. Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol," next Tuesday.

Peter S. said...

@Line of flight: The membership to the youth Nazi organization got me to thinking something. Hmmmmm...

@Maan: The Name of the Rose, perhaps?

@Book pusher: Oooohhh... Philip Pullman! I can imagine the pope pulling his hair with all the religious undertones of the trilogy.

@Portobello's coffee: LOL on the Kathy Griffin

@Charlie: I love the works of Marquis de Sade!

Mark David said...

Haha! Bad Peter :p

Peter S. said...

Hi, Mark David! No guesses?

Stepford Mum said...

Hm, if the Pope is as open-minded as I hope he is, Neil Gaiman's American Gods should be on his shelves. Along with Javier Serra's The Secret Supper and Lady in Blue, perhaps. The latter two in the original Spanish, since His Holiness does speak all those languages :)

Peter S. said...

Hi, Lya! Hmmm... I haven't read American Gods myself. And I'll check out those two Spanish novels as well since this is the first time I've heard of them.

Stepford Mum said...

Ooh, I almost forgot - Nikos Kazantzakis's The Last Tempation of Christ and everything by Salman Rushdie should be on the Pope's Banned Books shelf.

Picked up both Javier Serra books at a sale recently. Just finished The Last Supper. I didn't absolutely love it, but it was certainly an interesting read. As much like The Da Vinci Code as a Eurpoean art film is to an American blockbuster, in my book.

Tami said...

I think the Pope is reading Who Moved My Cheese! :)

http://www.amazon.com/Who-Moved-My-Cheese-Amazing/dp/0399144463/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252808949&sr=8-1

Maan said...

meron pa pala! How about The Hiram Key and Holy Bood Holy Grail? Hehehehehe.

Peter said...

@Stepford Mum: I think the pope has several shelves that contain banned books. Hehehe.

@Tami: LOL!

@Maan: I think those are required reading if you're going to be pope.

kdraydaniel said...

Let me think....
#1. Dante's Inferno
#2. Biography of Martin Luther
#3. Breakfast with Billy Graham
#4. Silence of the Lambs
#5. Courage to Love: A Gay Priest Stands Up for His Beliefs
#6. The Kama Sutra

Thomas said...

Considering all the pedophilia he worked to cover up when he was in charge of that kind of stuff while still a lowly cardinal, maybe Lolita?