The World’s Most Popular Books

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Over the last half century, numerous books were written by famous and also unknown authors. However, only a few have managed to become the most popular, read and printed books in the world. Although some authors are no longer with us, most of them are still creating masterpieces that have the power to transform anyone into a bookworm. The popular books listed below are perfect examples of wonderful literature from highly talented authors. They make, without a doubt, a great purchase whether for yourself or as a gift, a good book being appreciated by everyone. Next time you are looking for the best fathers day gifts or mother’s day gifts,  a literary masterpiece may be just what you need.

The Bible

The Bible still remains the most read book in the world by people from various backgrounds and religions. This book is the account of God’s action and contains His message. The writing of the Bible took over sixteen centuries and is an amazing canonical collection of sacred texts. Although the collection is shared between Judaism and Christianity, the content is not the same and varies according to each religious group. The Bible would make a perfect wedding or engagement gift for a couple who you know cherish their faith or a birthday gift for a grandparent or even a parent if you know them to be religious.

Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank or The Diary of a Young Girl is one of the most popular books in the world inspired by the writings from the diary of a young girl who was hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. First published in 1944 under the title The Annex: Diary Notes from 14 June 1942 – 1 August 1944 by Anne’s father Otto Frank, the only survivor of the family, the book received much critical and popular attention. The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the key texts of the twentieth century and has been published in more than 60 languages.

This book would make a great gift, whether for a best friend, a partner or a parent. If you are ever in doubt about the best gifts for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day for that matter, a book like The Diary of Anne Frank will definitely get you out of the pickle.

The Lord of the Rings

The epic fantasy story written by J. R. R. Tolkien has sold more than 150 million copies. The novel is divided into six books and began as a sequel to the Oxford professor’s children’s fantasy novel The Hobbit. The popular books have led to numerous references in popular culture and the founding of many societies by fans. Lord of the Rings has inspired film adaptations, television, artwork, literature and music. Since this book is very comprehensive and imaginative, it would make for one of the best fathers day gifts. Your father may not be familiar with the LOTR movies, but he will certainly appreciate the book which is a lot more detailed.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a series of 7 fantasy novels written by J. K. Rowling that chronicle the adventures of Harry Potter, a wizard, and his friends. The popular books have gained commercial success and critical acclaim on all the continents. Besides it cultural references and meanings such as prejudice, death and corruption, the series contains elements of fantasy, romance, adventure, thriller and mystery. In 2011, Harry Potter sold 450 million copies, thus becoming the best-selling book series in history.


The Twilight is the first book of Stephenie Meyer’s young adult series. The book introduces Bella, a seventeen-year-old who falls in love with a mysterious vampire. In 2005. the year it was first published, the novel reached No. 5 on the New York Times Best Seller list and was named Best Children’s Books of the year. The movie adaptation of this popular book was released in 2008 and became a commercial triumph, grossing more than $392 million.

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