The other day, as I was rearranging book shelf an old notebook fell from the edge. The hard cover note book appeared thicker than its regular volume with bent corners here and there. As I flipped through the pages, I smiled for it brought back the joy of making of the notebook. After turning the last page of my favorite read, I used to steal away time for adorning the piece marking with all colors of pen to fill with words that instilled better perception and sometimes even writing a long review.
Reading is a greatest of all passions and books are the best things ever created by human for they never fail to amuse and enlighten. A good book is like a best friend .It offers suggestions and provides guidelines through characters and plots. Books disseminate ideas of all sorts; some of these portray pleasant stories of women and love; some invite into a whole new world of adventures with creatures and plots one has never heard of ; some enlighten with philosophies inscribed in soothing words while others reveal the secrets of men and war and harsh realities of life and world. After creation, all of these ounces of paper become immortal passed from forefathers to grandchildren, inviting generations to delve in the depths of inks.
“When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life.” , said Christopher Morley, an American journalist, essayist and poet .Some books become more immortal than others as these few tend to have a stronger appeal to a larger audience. Here we list the top 10 best selling books of all times.
10. The Da Vinci Code- Dan Brown (2003)
The Da Vinci Code is one of the thrilling novels by Dan Brown which was first published in 2003. The thought provoking novel commences with murder of an elderly curator of Louvre museum. The dead curator has left ingenious clues for Robert Langdon, Harvard symbologist, to follow and solve. Robert Langdon along with the granddaughter of the late curator and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu makes way through several riddles finally to stir the established faiths of Christianity.
9. She: A history of Adventure- H. Rider Haggard (1887)
She: A history of adventure is an exquisite novel by H. Rider Haggard, published in 1887. The book is a story of Cambridge professor and his colleague’s son Leo Vincey embarking on a journey to eastern Africa to find ancient mystery about Vincey family. As they reach the interior of the lost land of Africa they meet tribes and come under the spell of the mysterious white queen Ayesha. Ayesha tells them that she had waited for two millennia for the reincarnation of her lover whom she killed out of jealousy. Leo is portrayed as the reincarnation of her lover and she asks him to bathe under the fire to attain immortality. As she demonstrates the bathe in the fire to Leo to assuage his fear she is turned into ashes.
This exclusively unique novel explores the sublimity of feminine beauty and authority. The fable was adapted into a movie in 1967. Through its inexplicably imaginative capability She has enthralled million hearts and remained on top sellers list over the more than a century.
8. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- C.S Lewis (1950)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is another fantasy novel for children and the first book on the Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S.Lewis. Four siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy enter the kingdom of Narnia through the wardrobe. They face several fantastical people, animals and the white-witch, Jaids. As the true lord of Narnia, Aslan the godly lion reappears the white witch is killed; her army is defeated with the help of the four siblings and happiness of Narnia is restored.
The fable which was first published in 1950 has enchanted million hearts for decades. The movie was released in 2005 based on the book which captivated million souls making it highly successful at the box-office.