As long as the world can remember, books have been a part of it, from ancient papyrus scrolls to today’s digital e-books. Since our childhood, we have been introduced to a world of books. We have read various tales, both fictional and non-fiction, which have helped shape our personalities and our lives. Since the dawn of time, books have told stories of hate, compassion, fear, sadness and a multitude of other emotions in various genres. Books open the doors to new worlds of creativity and adventure and expand our minds and horizons. We’ve put together this list of the 10 best-selling books of all time that have touched the hearts of millions of people around the world.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Most of us know the magical world of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was written by CS Lewis was first published in 1950. It became a big hit and has sold over 85 million copies worldwide.
The book is the first in a series of 7 exciting and adventurous books. It was also made into a blockbuster movie. The story chronicles the adventures of four siblings – Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter – when they stumble upon the hidden world of Narnia.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the best children’s novels and was written by Lewis Carroll. It was published in 1865 and has sold over 100 million copies worldwide since then.
It is the story of a little girl Alice who falls into a rabbit hole and finds herself in Wonderland. There she meets characters such as the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, and Queen of Hearts, each a whole story on their own.
The book has been made into many actual movies, animated films, and cartoon series, and is loved by millions of people around the world.
JRR Tolkien took the fantasy genre to the next level when he started writing about Middle-earth. One of his famous books is The Hobbit, the story of which revolves around Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who leads a comfortable life in his house until Gandalf the sorcerer with a company of dwarves takes him to the adventure.
We learn to read about elves, dragons, giants, evil forces and more in this magical book. This takes place in the time before ‘The Lord of the Rings, the famous trilogy by JRR Tolkien which is also worth a read.
The Lord of the Rings
Following the history and timeline of The Hobbit series, JRR Tolkien introduces us to the epic story of Frodo and the quest undertaken by the Fellowship of the Rings. The book is loved around the world and has also been made into high-grossing films.
And then there was none
Who hasn’t heard of famous detective writer Agatha Christie? This book was published in 1939 and has delighted millions of people since then. In this book, ten people – all foreigners and from different backgrounds – receive invitations from one person to spend a weekend on an island for vacation.
However, soon the holidays turn grim as death takes them all one by one. The book was made into a movie as well as a famous HBO TV show.
Gatsby the magnificent
The Great Gatsby is one of our personal favorites. Invited to a lavish and extravagant evening at a Long Island mansion, Nick Carraway is intrigued by the mystery surrounding the host – Jay Gatsby.
As the two form a highly unlikely friendship, we learn in the Great Gatsby Details of Gatsby’s love for a married woman surface until events culminate in tragedy. This book is considered one of Fitzgerald’s masterpieces and according to the author of the Great Gatsby essay, this book is a timeless critique of the American Dream.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Then we have the book that introduced us to the wizarding world of Hogwarts, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Written by JK Rowling, this book has been translated into over 80 languages and has also been made into blockbuster movies.
Over 500 million copies of this book have been sold worldwide, in which we can follow the adventures and life of a young wizard, Harry Potter, as he studies magic in the wizarding world and fights them. forces of evil – Lord Voldemort – alongside his friends. , Ron and Hermione.
The little Prince
Very few books are as universally appreciated and as widely read by adults and children as The Little Prince of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The book represents the budding minds of children, with their constant urge and curiosity to find answers, to learn more about the mysteries of the universe, and more.
You would be surprised to learn that the book has been translated into 300 languages and sells over 2 million copies each year. You can also watch his movie on Netflix!
A tale of two cities
This book by Charles Dickens is set in Paris and London before and during the French Revolution. In this book, we read the story of the condition of French peasants and their mistreatment at the hands of the French aristocracy.
He also sees similar conditions in London through the lives of all the characters in the book. A must read, this one!
Published in 1612, this book was written by the famous Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. Since then, it has sold over 500 million copies. Written as a parody of chivalrous novels, we learn about the life of Alonso Quijano who believes and continues by proving that chivalry will never die.
We all find solace in the magical and mystical worlds that come to life through the books we read. Choose one of the books mentioned above and you will have a great time losing yourself in worlds full of mystery, emotions and intrigue!
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