Don’t you just love reading a book you can’t put down? A good read keeps us coming back for more. I found this infographic to be quite interesting. Top ten books read over the past 50 years.
You probably won’t be that surprised when you see what the top most read books in the world are? With hundreds of thousands of books produced in just the past half a century, there are a lot of books to choose from. Based on the number of books printed and sold over the past 50 years, ten of the most read books are listed in the number of millions of copies sold. The majority of these books have been made into movies.
Writing emerged between the 7th millennium BC and 4th millennium BC. Originally in the form of symbols and shapes on rock or clay tablets it wasn’t until the 1st Century AD that paper was created but used mainly for wrapping and padding. Books eventually were made in paper form by the Chinese around the Tang Dynasty but it is not known when exactly.
A bit of interesting trivia about these top ten books:
- The Bible has been translated into more than 2,200 languages and dialects.
- Mao Tse-Tung refused to brush his teeth, choosing instead to rinse with tea and chew the leaves. He answered his critics with this witty question: “Does a tiger brush his teeth?”
- Dementors, the deadly phantoms that guard Azkaban Prison, represent depression and were based on Rowling’s struggle with the disease.
- The authors of Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia were good friends.
- The field of alchemy is linked with Astrology.
- In Great Britain, there exists a chapel that contains hundreds of blocks on the ceiling. Each block is carved with a symbol perhaps an unbroken code.
- Even though Margaret Mitchell is considered to be one of the most successful novelists of the 20th Century, she only published one book.
- Stephenie Meyer received at least 9 rejections before her book was published.
- Andrew Carnegie believed that one should keep only the money required for his family; the rest of the money one earns should be used for the betterment of society.
- For her 13th birthday Ann Frank received a diary she called “Kitty”.