There are over 130 million books in the world today. Books, like movies, connect people from all over the world, despite ethnicities, races, religions, cultures, and values. Over the course of history, certain books have stood out, spanning centuries with a growing readership.
This article discusses five most-read books of all time.
The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible is the most popular and most-read book in the world. This Bible consists of two testaments. The Bible has 66 books divided into the Old and New Testaments. The Bible centers on God’s creation, purpose, love, resurrection, covenant, and promises. According to World Population Review 2022, about 2.8 billion people practice some form of Christianity worldwide, approximately one-third of the world’s populace. An average Christian has a bible. The Bible documents secrets and promises for Christians and non-Christians.
The Holy Quran
The Holy Quran is the second most famous book after the Holy Bible. The holy scriptures were given by Angel Gabriel from Allah to the Prophet Muhammed centuries ago with 114 chapters. The Quran contains Islamic tenets on faith, prayer, fasting, giving, and the promises of Allah. This holy book represents the standards for every Muslim to live by.
The Harry Potter Series
The Harry Potter series has seven books of fantasy fiction that stand out as the only book with sci-fi concepts. The Harry Potter series was written by British author J. K. Rowling, about a young boy who discovers he is a wizard. This series has sold over 500 million books sales and counting, and its movie adaptation is one of the most famous movie series of all time.
The Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse Tung
The book of quotes is from lectures and manuscripts by former Chairman Mao Tse Tung of the Communist China Party. It is popularly known as Little Red Book because smaller prints were made and bound in bright red covers. This book has sold more than 820 million copies over the last 50 years. The Quotations are available in different editions. It was of great influence during the Cultural Revolution.
The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R Tolkien wrote this epic, fictional, and mind-blowing book. The Lord of the Rings basically describes the journey of a hobbit boy, Frodo Baggins. The Lord of the Rings sold over 150 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most-read books ever. The massive sales came after the movies were released in the early 2000s. The book is a trilogy that includes The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Another successful book, The Hobbit was written by the same author, which is the story before the Lord of The Rings.
If you are a stickler for popular books and want to know why people read these books, you can try reading them too. Books are gateways to the mind and a high way to unlock culturally enriching and cross-generational knowledge.