Reading is one of the most common hobbies among many people around the whole world. Though in the last few decades there were many other activities that have appeared, like electronic games, Computers and mobiles phone, reading is still one of the most popular activities ever. In addition, there are still some books that are on the lists of best-selling books, though they have been published more than 50 years ago. In the following articles, you will find a list of the top 5 best-selling books.
1 The Lord of The Rings:
The Lord of the Rings is an epic novel that was written by the famous English writer J. R. R. Tolkien. Although the story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s famous book The Hobbit , but eventually The Lord of the Rings developed into a much larger work. Tolkien began writing this story in 1937 and finished it in 1949. Since its first publish in 1954, The Lord of the Rings sold more than 150 million copies around the world. It is worth mentioning that this story has been adapted to a play and a film. In the year 2003, it was chosen to be Britain’s best loved novel of all time.
2 The Hobbit:
The Hobbit is an English fantasy novel that was written specifically for children by the well-known author J. R. R. Tolkien. Since it was first published in 1937, the story has gained wide success and it became one of the iconic novels of children literature. Because of the huge success and fame that The Hobbit achieved, Tolkien decided to proceed working on a sequel which is another hit novel by her; the lord of the rings. However, it developed into a completely independent work. Moreover, there were various adaptation and most of them were successful as well. It is also important to say that The Hobbit sold over 140 million copies around the globe.
3 The Little Prince:
The Little Prince or Le Petit Prince is a French novella that was published in 1943 by the famous French writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This novel is the fourth most translated book in the world, as it was translated into 250 languages. The Little Prince sold slightly over 140 million copy across the world. It is worth mentioning that the novella was adapted to multiple art forms, Such as: films, radio plays and ballet works.
4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first novel of the most successful sequel of all time. It was published by the English writer J. K. Rowling’s in 1997. The novel was a real hit and it won most of the British book awards that were judged by children along with other awards in the US. Moreover, the book had reached the top of the New York Times list of best-selling fiction in the year 1999 and stayed near the top till 2000. Also, it was translated into multiple languages and was adapted to a film series of the same name. It is worth mentioning that, not only the book that was very successful, yet the movie as well hit a great success world-wide.
5 And Then There Were None:
And Then There Were None is a mystery novel that was written by the brilliant and smart writer Agatha Christie. It was first published in the United Kingdom in 1939 and it is considered as Agatha’s master piece. In addition, it is the believed to be the best-selling novel that was written by her, as it has sold over 100 million copies and it is one of the best-selling books ever. This novel was translated to multiple languages as well. Eventually, there were many adaptations of this novel to plays, films, television series and radio plays, and the last adaptation was a miniseries by the BBC that had the same name.