2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
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Guest Post: Top 15 Best Selling Books of All Time by Melissa Cartew

Today I’m pleased to bring you another guest post from contributor Melissa Cartew. If you missed her first guest post on books to read this year, you can find it here. Today she’s sharing a list of best sellers – enjoy!

Top 15 Best Selling Books of All Time

You know what completes a peaceful getaway, asides a good balcony view and a favorite drink? A perfect story that keeps your mind busy and full of guesses while it continues unfolding its unexpected plot twist. And boy, we do love some good books! It is quite possible for one to never run out of book choices from a ton of best-selling books. Every day the world of literature is teeming with golden reads, both old and new. And these books are waiting to be found by the readers they were created for.

So what makes a book rank up to a bestseller status? For most people, a story that is not easy to predict. The human mind finds suspense an interesting factor in books. So most of the literary pieces tend to teem with it. Another good quality is a story that is neither too long or too short. This would depend on its plot twist. Many authors of popular books try to make their plot twists somewhat complex. This buys them time to fully unfold the story, keeping the reader glued to the end.

So which books are considered the best-selling of all time? We’ve hand-picked a few select ones, and we will talk about them in no particular order.

  1. Oliver Twist
    Written in the early 90’s by Charles J.H. Dickens, this novel still rings bells in the memories of many readers as one of the books to read on any day. You might want to give it a look.
  2. Anna Karenina
    L. N. Tolstoy certainly had some good stories up his sleeve, and this intriguing romance novel is one of them. Originally written in the late 90’s, the story centers around a woman’s affair with a ranking officer.
  3. Moby Dick
    This story is counted among the ‘bestseller’ cronies as well. It was written by Herman Melville in 1851. A man’s obsession with revenge a whale that cost him a limb leaves just one survivor whole enough to tell the tale.
  4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
    Lewis Carroll made this ageless masterpiece for the kids. It is one of the most recommended books for small children to enjoy before bedtime. A must read, given its many versions and film makeovers.
  5. Gulliver’s Travels
    This is another beautiful bestseller for children. The story is a fantasy-driven piece recounting a man’s travel encounters with very tiny people in different cities. It was written by J. Swift.
  6. Animal Farm
    George Orwell is also seen as a great satirical novelist. Animal Farm was written a bit before WW II and depicted politics at its most interesting point, using animals to act out different roles.
  7. Things Fall Apart
    This book takes its roots from the days of colonialism of the Igbo people of Nigeria by the British government. Chinua Achebe focuses on the one man who resists this governance to his last breath. A truly intriguing piece from one of Africa’s most brilliant minds.
  8. To Kill A Mockingbird
    This piece got as far as winning a Pulitzer prize a year after it was published. Written by Nelle H. Lee, this literary creation even got produced as an award-winning movie and remains a delectable piece for anyone to read.
  9. The Picture of Dorian Grey
    This piece was created by Irish playwright Oscar Wilde in the late 90’s and is still one of the great books to read for lovers of philosophy.
  10. Harry Potter
    With each book in the series, Joanne Rowling proved that one could write about one character and make it not only lengthy but enjoyable enough to go for every next sequel. An adventure involving a young magician and his friends.
  11. The DaVinci Code
    And Daniel G. Brown is always ‘that’ guy! Turning treasure hunts into thrilling novels that keep you coming back for more. The DaVinci Code is one of the top-selling books till date. It is centered around a professor who is always in one mystery or the other.
  12. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    This novel tells about a character previously seen in the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Both novels were written by Mark Twain. We recommend you check both novels to weigh in better on the plot story.
  13. The Old Man and the Sea
    This was written in 1952 by Ernest Hemingway. It gives details into a scuffle between an old fisherman and his catch.
  14. Robinson Crusoe
    Daniel Defoe’s most popular classic is about a shipwreck survivor and his victory tale on a strange island.
  15. The Wind in the Willows
    Our last pick is a classic children’s literature written by Kenneth Grahame, which was later made into a movie.


Melissa Cartew is a freelance writer at https://customwriting.com/. She has a Master’s degree in literature and currently is working on her doctoral thesis. Melissa’s hobbies beyond writing and literature include modern art, traveling, and volunteering.

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1 comment to Guest Post: Top 15 Best Selling Books of All Time by Melissa Cartew

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