8 famous books that everyone must read at least once in their lifetime
Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book- Jim Rohn.
Stressed out! Pick up a book. Yes, reading can chill you out. No matter how tough the day was, no matter how tense your personal life is! All these countless issues of life will slip away, if you loose yourself to a good book. Research shows that reading books can help to overcome stress. Benefits of reading is not just limited to this much. Probably that is why it is rightly said – Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.
There are plenty of other reasons that simply get revamp with the habit of reading. Reading helps to gain Knowledge. Every time we read, we get new information and ideas which we never know, when it might come handy. One of the important benefits of book reading is that it has positive effects on our thinking. It increases vocabulary. It plays a vital role in learning new languages. The best part is – even if we lose everything, knowledge cannot be parted from us; no one can takes it away.
Be it for passion or as a hobby, people have been reading books for ages. There are plenty of books which people still love to read, even though those books were written ages before. Following are some of the famous books which have touched the hearts of millions of book lovers and nevertheless, a new reader can always initiate reading habit with the following evergreen masterpieces.
Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous books of William Shakespeare. Published in 1597, it depicts a tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet focuses on the tragedies that accompany the loss of true love. A love story that all lovers can relate to, Romeo and Juliet is a poetic love story, which has been adapted numerous times for stage, film, musical and opera.
The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
Popularly known as The Diary of Anne Frank, it is a book on the diary written by Anne Frank. Anne wrote the diary while she was hiding with her family for two years, during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Diary was discovered in the loft where Anne spent the last years of her life. It was first published as ‘Het Achterhuis’ in 1947 and later it was published in English as ‘Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl’, in the year 1952. Since then, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become one of the famous books and a classic autobiography reflecting the testament of war and its impact on human spirit.
The Secret- Rhonda Byrne
Written by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret is one of the best self-help books of all time. It is based on a film with the same name and is a bestselling book of 2006. The book emphasizes on the power of positive thinking. It claims that positive thinking can create life-changing results such as increasing wealth, health and happiness. The book was featured in the two episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show and after that it remained on the top of the New York Times best seller list for 146 weeks in a row. Over 21 million copies of this famous book were printed and the book has been translated in to 46 languages.
Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
It is a classic adventurous novel written by the French writer Jules Verne. One of the famous books, which was first published in the year 1873. The main protagonist of the story is Phileas Fogg of London, who was accompanied by his French servant Jean Passepartout. During the adventurous journey of 80 days, Fogg saves a widowed princess Aouda from Sati in India, who later accompanied Fogg for rest of his journey. Written during the difficult times, Around the World in Eighty Days is considered as the most acclaimed creation of Jules Verne.
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
A Brief History of Time is the master creation of famous British physicist Stephen Hawking. The book was first published in 1988. It is a popular science book that explains different subject range of Cosmology, which includes Big Bang, black holes and light cones. More than 10 million copies of the book were sold in the span of 20 years. The book was translated in to 36 languages by 2011. It also remained as the best seller list of London Sunday Times for more than four years.
Midnight’s children – Salman Rushdie
Winner of both the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Midnight’s children is a historical fiction, written by Salman Rushdie. The book is an allegory of the events of India during British rule and mainly after independence and the partition of British India. The main protagonist in the book is Saleem Sinai, who was born at the exact moment when India became independent. The book was also awarded The Best of the Booker prize twice, in 1993 and 2008. The novel was adapted for the stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2003.
Harry potter – J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter is a series of seven famous epic fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. Harry Potter discovered that he is a wizard, at the age of eleven. The entire magical journey begins when Harry becomes a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. More than 450 million copies were sold as of July 2013, which makes Harry Potter series one of the best-selling book series and one of the most famous books in history. This fantasy and young-adult fiction series had been translated in to 73 languages till now.
The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva trilogy) – Amish Tripathi
The Immortals of Meluha is the first novel of the fictitious Shiva trilogy series by Amish Tripathi. Based on the tale of Lord Shiva (Hindu God), the Shiva Trilogy is the fastest selling series in the history of Indian publishing, having sold over 2 million copies. In fact, the first book of the series had to be re-printed to keep up with the demand. Secret of the Nagas is the second and the Oath of the Vayuputras is the third book of the Shiva trilogy series.
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