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10 Most Read Books In The World
Do You Know Which Are The Most Read Books In The World?
All of us love to read a good book, but could you name the 10 most read books in the world? Over the last half century hundreds of thousands of books have been produced, but only a select few have become the most read books in the world. Here you will discover some of the greatest pieces of literary work by highly talented authors.
This is a list of the 10 Most Read Books in the World over the past fifty years. The figures show the number of books printed and sold but does not take into account multiple readings of the same book.
There are a few book titles that have had more copies printed than some of these books, but a vast number of those books were not sold, which of course means that they did not get read.
Most Read Books Review
I have compiled this list of the 10 Most Read Books In The World after completing a long project of research to establish exactly which are the most read books in the world.
Over many years I have been a writer and avid reader of books, so it gave me great pleasure to undertake this task of the most read books review.
You will find in this list a varied array of subject matter, covering a considerable number of years of some truly talented author's work.
Some of the authors are no longer with us, but the majority are still producing their masterpieces for our ongoing delight.
In this modern fast paced world that we all now live in it is good to see that the enjoyment of reading is still firmly a part of our everyday activities.
Browse through the most read books review and if there are any books that you have not read, but would like to, just click.
Then you can sit back in a comfortable chair with a full glass and do your own personal review of some wonderful literature.
Enjoy your reading.
Number Ten Most Read Book
Diary of Anne Frank - 27 Million Copies
Diary of Anne Frank - By Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl is the English version book that is based on the writings from a diary, which was written by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The book is now considered one of the key texts of the twentieth century.
Number Nine Most Read Book
Think and Grow Rich - 30 Million Copies
Think and Grow Rich - By Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich is a motivational book written by Napoleon Hill. It is a personal development and self improvement novel that was inspired by a suggestion that he received from the Scottish-American billionaire Andrew Carnegie.
Number Eight Most Read Book
Gone With the Wind - 33 Million Copies
Gone With the Wind - By Margaret Mitchell
Gone With the Wind, a romantic drama by Margaret Mitchell. It is set in Georgia during the American Civil War and follows the life of Scarlett O'Hara, the daughter of an Irish immigrant plantation owner.
The novel won the coveted Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into a film of the same name that won an Academy Award.
Number Seven Most Read Book
Twilight - The Saga - 43 Million Copies
Twilight - The Saga - By Stephenie Meyer
Twilight is the first book in an extremely popular young adult series written by Stephenie Meyer. The story is about a young girl who falls in love with a vampire. This is a saga that is full of romance and action.
She says 'First, he was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him'.
Number Six Most Read Book
The Da Vinci Code - 57 Million Copies
The Da Vinci Code - By Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code is a fiction novel written by American author Dan Brown. The story follows the investigations of Robert Langdon after a murder in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
He discovers an intriguing possibility that Jesus Christ may have been married to Mary Magdalene and fathered a child with her. The Da Vinci Code has been made into a movie starring Tom Hanks.
Number Five Most Read Book
The Alchemist - 65 Million Copies
The Alchemist - By Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist was published in 1987 and became a Brazilian bestseller, it has gone on to sell 65 million copies world-wide, becoming one of the best selling books in history. The Alchemist has been translated into more than 67 languages, winning the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.
Paulo Coelho is not only one of the most widely read, but also one of the most influential authors writing today.
Number Four Most Read Book
Lord of the Rings - 103 Million Copies
Lord of the Rings - By J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy story written by the philologist J. R. R. Tolkien. The novel started out as a sequel to his earlier, far less complex children's fantasy story The Hobbit, but evolved into a much larger work.
The Lord of the Rings has been made into a film trilogy that consists of three live action fantasy epic films; The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
Number Three Most Read Book
Harry Potter – 400 Million Copies
Harry Potter - By J. K. Rowling
The Harry Potter books are a fantasy series of seven novels by British writer J. K. Rowling. The majority of which have been made into action packed movies.
Children and adults alike have been fascinated by this fiction character and cannot get enough of the young hero's adventures.
Number Two Most Read Book
Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung – 820 Million Copies
Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung - By Mao Tse-tung
The Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung, or as it was commonly called, the 'little red book' of Mao Tse-tung, was a personal explanation to the people of China of the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party.
Number One Most Read Book
The Bible - 3.9 Billion Copies
The Bible - The Bible still remains at the top as the most read book in the world.
The Bible is the account of God's action in the world and his purpose with all creation. The writing of the Bible was accomplished over sixteen centuries and is a quite amazing collection of sixty six books containing the messages of God.
Some 'Must Read' Short Stories
Everyone loves to read a short story. You will find here some very interesting ones that have become most popular with our readers. So, why not relax for a little while, get your cup of coffee and just let yourself get lost in the world of short stories.
Looking Into the Eyes of an Orang-utan
Our expedition party had finally arrived at the location that we had been directed to find. It was deep in the jungle and after we had traveled by jeep for nearly half of the way, we knew that the remainder of our long journey would have to be covered on foot.
Climbing down from our dusty jeeps, we first of all stopped to refresh ourselves with the water that we were carrying. The temperature was in the high nineties and the humidity level was also very high.
This meant that our forearms were constantly covered by a shimmering surface of water and so were our clothes, which made it appear as if we were covered in perspiration.
A short way along the jungle path we were met by our local guide, who had been specifically assigned to our party for this expedition. He was a very friendly, smiling individual with a big round shiny face and a similar shaped body to match.
His name was Lopi and he constantly chattered away to himself, even when he was not talking to us. He had spent most of his life, living in this jungle area and knew it like the back of his hand.
He greeted us all warmly and checked that everyone was alright and that we were all feeling fit enough to make the rest of our journey. Indicating our confirmation to him that we were, we then began to proceed on foot.
As we walked through the jungle on what Lopi called well defined paths, which it was apparent only he could clearly see, we would occasionally see large snakes hanging down from the trees.
And even as we were walking, we could detect the glistening backs of the snakes as they passed across the path at our feet. Lopi said that we did not need to worry a lot, because the snakes would only try to wrap themselves around our legs if we stopped moving forwards.
This was obviously his way of making sure that we kept on walking and moving forward at the speed that he decided upon. There were seven of us in total with Lopi and we all followed his directions intently.
We finally came to a clearing where there was a small wooden hut; Lopi told us that this was the end of our walking and that we could wash our hands and refresh ourselves inside his hut.
He used the hut for keeping tools and supplies close to where he did most of his work, which was, apart from being a guide, the person who feed the Orang-utans that inhabited this part of the jungle.
After we had all refreshed ourselves, we went outside and Lopi told us all to keep very quiet, he then proceeded to make an immense amount of noise, calling into the dense jungle for the Orang-utans to feed.
He whispered to us that the Orang-utans could detect if there was any danger to them by the different sounds that they could hear all around them, but he had learnt to communicate with them and keep them calm.
Slowly we heard the sound of slight movement in the trees above us and we peered into the dark green foliage of the jungle, but without any idea as to exactly where we were supposed to be looking.
Then over my shoulder I saw a tiny movement of the leaves of a tree, I turned and found myself looking into the eyes of an Orang-utan. Then it just reached forward and took the banana from my pocket that Lopi had given to me earlier.
Peeling it immediately, the Orang-utan took a bite and then offered it to me to have some. Lopi had told us that they would care for there family members in this way and for some reason the Orang-utan thought I was one of its family members.
For the whole time there was eye to eye contact between us and I would have sworn that the Orang-utan was looking deep into my soul. A truly once in a lifetime amazing experience, which I know will stay firmly in my mind forever and so will the image of the eyes of that Orang-utan.
Discover the Secrets of the Night
You would be surprised if you knew what the secrets of the night were. Under the cover of darkness and while most of our world is asleep, there are secret things happening. Come with us and discover the secrets of the night now.
You are lying awake in your bed with the tingling feeling of a sleepless night. Flickering shadows fill the room, from the movement of the moths on your window that are captured in the half moonlight.
As you peer into the half light of your room you can just manage to see the trail of clothes that you had removed one by one on your way to the bed in the hope that sleep would follow.
In the distance can be heard the mournful sound of a train whistle from the late night express. And you can just perceive the liquid fingers of the gentle summer rain that runs down your window.
You make a decision to get up, walk to the window and to look out. You are greeted by the sight of the tiny lights of the fireflies that are filling the air. You watch their constant movement, mesmerised for a moment by the way they dart here and there.
As you open your window the sweet aroma of the jasmine and rosemary enters into your room and just seems to drift through the air all around you. The smell is quite intoxicating and it makes you feel a little bit lightheaded. Or maybe that is due to the lack of sleep.
Your eyes are now becoming much more adjusted to the night light and you start to look further out into the darkness. The big trees are casting strange shadows across the land, which gives them a life like movement of people walking in the night. The rain seems to have stopped now.
There is an almost caressing breeze blowing through your hair, as you lean further out of the window to try to see deeper into the darkness and to discover more of the night’s secrets. And it is not that long before yet more secrets are revealed to you.
You watch totally spellbound as you see an owl swoop down and pick up a small rodent from the ground, with the only sound being the swish of the owl’s wings as it flies away.
As if disturbed by the movement a small frog jumps across a dry stoned area, looking for any water that it may be able to find. Its back glistens in the moonlight as it progresses along the ground.
You hear the noise of something foraging in the bushes just below your window and suddenly what emerges almost makes your heart stop. It is the head of a large snake, its eyes flashing bright green in the darkness.
You hesitate, but in the next moment the snake has slithered away and all that you manage to see is its tail disappearing into the long grass. It was obviously more frightened of you, deciding to get away quickly.
After such excitement you need to drink some water to help you to calm your nerves. Picking up a small bottle, from your table, you drink deeply and enjoy the refreshing taste of water that has come from the mineral springs.
You instantly realise exactly what nature brings to your life, giving you a constant flow of pleasurable memories that lift your spirit and offer you hope for the future.
To think that you could have slept, without even knowing any of these things were happening, but now you are very glad that you were able to discover the secrets of the night.
Future Contenders For This List - These Are The Books That Are Selling Fast And Will Possibly Earn A Place In The Most Read Books List In The Future
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