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Top 34 best selling classic books you must read in 2024

Top 34 best selling classic books you must read in 2024. such as A Tale of Two Cities, The Lord of the Rings, The Little Prince, She etc
Welcome to an insightful journey through the 'Top 34 best-selling classic books you must read in 2024,' written by Muhiuddin Alam on the book recommendations and reviews site, ReadingAndThinking.com.

Over the years as a leading Authority, I made countless articles many of which can be found on this site.

I have received many requests to recommend some of the must-read classic books. In response, I'm pleased to offer my expert recommendations in this article.

I will recommend classic books everyone should read in this post, which are based on my in-depth study and testing in this field. Such as A Tale of Two Cities, The Lord of the Rings, The Little Prince, and She.

These aren't just the bestselling classic books. Below, you'll find 34 books with detailed descriptions of each of these outstanding resources, helping you make well-informed decisions in your classic must-read books journey."
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Top 34 Best-Selling Classic Books Everyone Should Read in 2024

Goethe once said: 
"Reading a good book is like talking to the most outstanding person." 
Classic books are the flavoring agent of our lives. We should read more classic books, so that every time you read one, it is like a journey of the soul! 

Reading break rolls, getting a God. If we insist on reading every day, we will gain a lot of knowledge, and people should be accompanied by classic books. 

The following is a list of 34 bestselling classic books that must be read in life, I hope it will help you!.

1. A Tale of Two Cities

Author: Charles Dickens

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This best-selling book of all time was first published in 1859, and it has since sold 200 million copies! "A Tale of Two Cities" is a very meaningful work. This book written by Dickens is set against the background of the French Revolution. How did it resist?

Dickens is the true and purest humanist. His pen tells the ugliest crime of the Great Revolution and the greatness of the little people in the ever-changing situation. The concept of good and evil is simple, and the flat characterization is his weakness, but his stories are always so subtle and direct to people's hearts. 

Sidney Carton to Lucy Manette is the love that crosses the class, crosses the ocean, unswerving and undesirable until death, so he said: Resurrection is with me, and life is with me. Those who believe in me will be resurrected even if they die. Those who live and believe in me will never die.


2. The Lord of the Rings

Author: John Ronald Riel Tolkien

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"The Lord of the Rings" is Tolkien's masterpiece, one of the best-selling books in the world, and it has the title "Book of the 20th Century". The book was first published in 1954 and 150 million copies have been sold! 

Tolkien is the only author with two titles in a book. This book is sometimes sold in volume-mainly in three volumes (just like the original publication). It has been remade into a movie of the same name and has a worldwide reputation.

The design of the book cover is really tasteless. It was originally used to protect the book, but the book was folded... The translation is placed after each chapter. I also find it very troublesome. 

I still like the translation of each page at the bottom of each page. In the end, I really hope that the hardcover version will be released, and I will definitely enter the collection again


3. The Little Prince

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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"The Little Prince" is the first children's literary short fairy tale on this list. "The Little Prince" can be said to be one of the most successful children's literary novels in the world. The little prince set off from his own planet and experienced various thrills. 

The author showed the loneliness of adults from the perspective of children. The manuscript was originally written in French, although the story was first published in English in 1943, and since then, it has sold 140 million copies.

I was 13 years old when I first read it, and I didn't know what it meant to express. The second time I read it I was 23 years old, and it was ten years ago. I think this book can only be read at a certain stage of life, and I can't help but burst into tears when I see the end.

This book is about love. When you meet similar people, you have a high degree of resonance in your thoughts, and a consistent emotional pattern, and you don’t have the courage to be desperate, so it’s good but the ignorant impulse when you are young. 

Fearless when I was young. People just want to see all the good ones, and they can't wait for him to be a character built completely according to his ideals.


4. And Then There Were None

Author: Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie is the first female writer on this list. Her masterpiece "And Then There Were None" was first published in 1939 and has sold about 100 million copies. 

This book is a long mystery novel about A series of murders that took place on the island, various reversal and suspense plot settings are very subtle and have been adapted into many films, dramas, comics, and games. 

The ten people's reactions to death were vividly portrayed, perfectly showing an atmosphere of fear and mutual doubt. Compared with impossible crimes, anyone's possible crimes are better used here. 

The use of poems and props is also like a textbook. As for the island model created, it has become one of the most classic models. Even if the trick is not perfect, it is great enough.

5. The Hobbit

Author: John Ronald Riel Tolkien

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"The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" are by the same author-Tolkien, and were published in 1937. It tells the story that happened before "The Lord of the Rings". This book has been translated into 64 languages and is a best-selling book. Sales in hundreds of countries around the world have reached more than 100 million copies. Although not as popular as Tolkien's other "Lord of the Rings", it is good enough. 

The Hobbit is not a legend. The Hobbit has a place in human archaeology. The Hobbit in Tolkien's works is obviously more plump and lovely. They are short and cute, a bunch of friendly and happy little men. They are not beautiful but have a good temper. They are somewhat conservative and timid, but they are superb at drilling holes and doing housework. 

Of course, the most memorable thing is their big, furry feet. Are such a group of secular and ordinary people very similar to ourselves?! Or they were originally the shadows of our human beings. Ordinary, conservative, timid, and even have shortcomings of one kind or another. However, it was such an ordinary Hobbit who looked like a shadow and experienced an extraordinary expedition.

A hobbit’s expedition has exhausted all the emotions and tribulations that a person has to encounter and experience in his life. There are happiness and sorrow, fear and joy, hope and despair, possession, and sharing. The hobbit in the expedition is no longer a shadow. 

He abandoned his homeland but had a completely different self. As you read further, you will find that you would rather that person be yourself: own a magical invisibility ring; soar on the back of a big eagle; use riddles and brain teasers to defeat unknown monsters; brandish a short sword Assassinate the poisonous spider; put the Arkenberg in your pocket


6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Author: C·S·Lewis

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"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" has sold 85 million copies since it was first published in 1950. This is the first in the "Chronicles of Narnia" series of fantasy children's literary novels written by British writer C·S·Louis. The second part tells a fantasy adventure story.

"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is the first part of the fantasy masterpiece "The Chronicles of Narnia". In fact, it wasn't until the release of Disney's movie last year that I truly understood the ins and outs of this series of seven magical or fairy tale masterpieces and realized that the author CS Lewis is a close friend of Tolkien and the spiritual sustenance of Queen Rowling.

What I have in my head is always the story of the few children who entered into another fantasy world from the closet that I had read when I was a child. That story is in the form of a comic book so the scene of the lion king (Aslan) being beheaded by the bad witch is always lingering. No, because that was one of the few moments in the fairy tale that made me sad. 

On the contrary, his resurrection is not very impressive. Now holding the new book and reading the original, it turns out that it is like this was resurrected "that way", naturally! There are too many question marks between the pages full of fairy tales.

What attracts me, even more, is that the book retains Paulina Baynes’ illustrations that existed in the first edition of the 1950s. The lines that are a little too cautious but not childish have always had a huge lethal effect on me. Children's magazines and books find this kind of story with original illustrations and read it over and over again until the picture is alive in their heads. 

And the map insert that can be opened, my goodness... this time the result is that I bought back all seven "The Chronicles of Narnia" in one go (although the cover is not very good, the old version directly uses the original illustrations! I have to use the worst cover of the British regular edition...), shrunk in the bed, grilling the fantasy fire, and read it.


7. She

Author: Henry Ryder Haggard

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"She" was first published in 1887 and has now sold 83 million copies. It was created by British writer Haggard in 1887. His other important works include "King Solomon's Treasure", "Media's Revenge", "Cleopatra" and so on. 

She subtitled A History of Adventure, a novel by Henry Rider Haggard, first serialized in The Graphic magazine from October 1886 to January 1887. She is one of the classics of imaginative literature and with over 83 million copies sold in 44 different languages, one of the best-selling books of all time. 

Extraordinarily popular upon its release, She has never been out of print. According to the literary historian Andrew M. Stauffer, "She has always been Rider Haggard's most popular and influential novel, challenged only by King Solomon's Mines in this regard".

The story is a first-person narrative that follows the journey of Horace Holly and his ward Leo Vincey to a lost kingdom in the African interior. There, they encounter a primitive race of natives and a mysterious white queen, Ayesha, who reigns as the all-powerful "She", or "She-who-must-be-obeyed". In this work, Rider Haggard developed the conventions of the Lost World subgenre, which many later authors emulated.

She is placed firmly in the imperialist literature of nineteenth-century England and inspired by Rider Haggard's experiences of South Africa and British colonialism. The story expresses numerous racial and evolutionary conceptions of the late Victorians, especially notions of degeneration and racial decline prominent during the fin de siècle. 

In the figure of She, the novel notably explored themes of female authority and feminine behavior. It has received praise and criticism alike for its gendered representation of womanhood.


8. The Da Vinci Code

Author: Dan Brown

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Dan Brown’s book has achieved great success. It is worth noting that it was published in 2003 and has sold 80 million copies! It can be said that this book is the youngest on this list, and it will progress over time. , The number of this book sold will have a big increase. 

The book has been read for a long time, and many things described in the book are very strange to us. This may be the difference between Westerners and Easterners reading this book. When Westerners read this book, they are faced with challenges to the worldview, while Easterners seem to be able to understand what kind of worldview Westerners have when reading this book.

I think there are several reasons why this book is so successful:
  1. Dan Brown has long been concerned about the conflicts between Christian orthodoxy, Christian tribes, science, and atheism. I have seen his other work "Angels and Demons" as well. Focusing on a relatively large topic for a long time can make the work more powerful.
  2. Choose a relatively peaceful enemy. In the dark ages of Christianity, there was a habit of using people to cook barbecues, but now there are basically no such incidents. In comparison, Rushdie, the author of "Satan's Psalms," is obviously more misguided.
  3. The public likes novels but dislikes academic papers, and likes conclusions but dislikes derivation. In terms of academic value, "Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" is obviously more worth reading than "The Da Vinci Code". However, "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" is an academic work, and it is more concerned with the objectivity of viewpoints and the comprehensiveness of evidence and does not intend to draw conclusions under the circumstances of insufficient evidence. The novel is different. The novel can describe a conjecture as a fact at will.
  4. The main business club of the mysterious organization was selected as the villain. Everyone knows that novels are fictitious, but everyone tends to forget this when reading. Therefore, the interlacing of reality and fiction in the novel will make readers feel more substitutions and believe in the description in the novel. 
"The Da Vinci Code" does this very well. The places where the story takes place are real and well-known, and the villains in the novel also exist in reality, which gives readers a lot of attention. Psychological hints. Let readers think that they are prying on the truth of mysterious events in the real world.


9. Think and Grow Rich

Author: Napoleon Hill

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"Think and Grow Rich", first published in 1937, has sold 70 million copies. This is a book on personality psychology. The book reveals the secret of success with its precise and refined language. 

I am the master of my own destiny and the helmsman of my own soul. I love myself so that I can give others greater love and more tolerance. I search hard in loneliness, searching for the road that only suits me, even if I just look at it. 

When there is a glimmer of light, never hesitate to rush before, even if you hit your head and beat the blood, I believe that the door of success is there waiting for me to knock, I must give all my strength, never hesitate, move forward forever, I am full of hope,

I have no hesitation and put into infinite efforts; I must have the power to influence my subconscious, because only then can I truly be the master of my own soul. Nothing can shake my faith, stick to it, and never shrink back. Like the lion in the Wizard of Oz, I want to find my bravery and have a strong heart, so strong that when I face any death threats, I rise up to resist and give me a glimmer of hope for life;

from now on, I will only be Weeping for love, crying for joy, and never complaining, because all of this is earned by myself, perseverance, whenever facing adversity, failure, facing each heartache, it will only make me become stronger, and more determined towards the kingdom of dreams. I am the greatest person in this world. 

I will not change myself because of anyone or anything. I came to this world to endure pain, and in the end, I will achieve Unprecedented success, I believe in myself, believe in my potential, live for myself, and live for the love in my heart, I swear here, I will fight for my success, I treat myself harshly, and suffer pain for the sake of Greater success, when I am old, looking back, I laughed, I have no regrets in this world;

I will always move forward, forward, forward, and one step forward.

10. 1984 by George Orwell 


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1984 is an outstanding political allegory as well as a fantasy novel. The work depicts the living state of human beings in a totalitarian society, with a warning label that never fades, alerting the world to beware of the expected darkness becoming a reality. 

After decades, its vitality has become stronger and stronger, and it is known as one of the most far-reaching literary classics of the 20th century.


11. Muslim's Funeral by Hoda 


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A Muslim family, the rise and fall of sixty years, the ups and downs of the fate of three generations, two love tragedies that happened in different eras, with different contents but intertwined and kinked.

This 500,000-word novel, with a unique perspective, sincere emotion, rich capacity, profound connotation, and stern writing, reviews the long and difficult footprints of Chinese Muslims in a macroscopic view and reveals the relationship between Chinese culture and Muslims. 

The unique psychological structure in the collision and fusion of cultures, as well as the confusion and pursuit of the true meaning of life in the political and religious atmosphere, have shaped a series of lifelike and fleshy characters. showing the strange and ancient national customs and real life full of contradictions. 

The works are subtle and eloquent, like weeping and complaining, touching readers' hearts with delicate brushstrokes, closing the volume at the end of the song, lingering in the heart, and lingering after rhyme.


12. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 


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Pride and Prejudice is a novel about love and marriage and is also the representative work of Jane Austen. The novel revolves around the theme of how Mrs. Bennett married off her five daughters. 

Based on the love entanglement between the hero and heroine Darcy and Elizabeth due to arrogance and prejudice, four marriages were written: Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane and Bentley, Lydia and Wickham, and Charlotte and Collins. Darcy is rich and proud, representing arrogance; Elizabeth is smart and willful, representing prejudice. 

In the end, true love finally breaks this arrogance and prejudice, and the novel ends in the wedding ceremony. Austen's novel reflects the British nostalgia and customs of the late 18th and early 19th centuries in a witty way, giving people artistic imaginations. It is a masterpiece of social customs and comedy. 


13. One Hundred Years of Solitude by García Márquez 


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"One Hundred Years of Solitude" is a masterpiece of magical realism literature, depicting the legendary story of seven generations of the Buendía family, as well as the rise and fall of Macondo, a small town on the Caribbean coast, reflecting the changing history of Latin America over a century. 

The works incorporate mysterious elements such as myths and legends, folk tales, and religious allusions, and skillfully combine reality and fantasy, showing a magnificent imaginary world, and becoming one of the most important classic literary masterpieces of the 20th century. 

García Márquez won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, establishing his status as a world-class literary master, largely due to the huge influence of "One Hundred Years of Solitude".


14. A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard 


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This is a management book about dedication, loyalty, and diligence.

After the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, the United States must immediately get in touch with Garcia, the leader of the Cuban insurgents, and obtain his cooperation. Garcia was in the mountains of Cuba - no one knew his exact location, so there was no way to get in touch with him. 

Someone recommended to the president: "There is a man named Rowan, there is a way to find Garcia, and only he can find it." They found Rowan and handed him a letter to Garcia. Three weeks later, Rowan was walking through a crisis-ridden country and handed the letter to Garcia. Rowan's deeds have also been passed down as a good story.

The ideas of devotion, loyalty, and diligence promoted in this book have influenced generations to come. The book tells people that what a person really needs is not just to learn knowledge from books or to listen to other people's guidance, but also professionalism, entrustment to superiors, and immediate action. Do it with all your heart and soul - like sending a letter to Garcia.


15. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking 


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"A Brief History of Time" is a book about cosmology written by the great British physicist Stephen Hawking. It is a popular science model that popularizes advanced theoretical physics. 

Telling stories that explore the secrets at the heart of time and space are cutting-edge knowledge about the nature of the universe, including images of our universe, space and time, the uncertainty principle of the expanding universe, elementary particles, and the forces of nature, black holes, black holes are not so black, the arrow of time, etc. 

Many of the theoretical predictions in the first edition were later confirmed in observations of the microscopic or macrocosmic world.

Recommended reason: A Brief History of Time is a popular science book written by British physicist Stephen William Hawking, first published in 1988. It was translated into 40 languages ​​and sold nearly 10 million copies, making it a spectacle in the history of international publishing. 

The content of this book is at the forefront of knowledge about the nature of the universe, but since then there have been extraordinary advances in observation techniques for both the micro and macro universe. 

These observations confirmed many of Professor Hawking's theoretical predictions in the first edition of the book, including the recent discovery by the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite, which traced back in time to within 300,000 years of the creation of the universe, And revealed the ripples in the fabric of spacetime that he calculated.


16. Les Miserables by Hugo 


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This is another magnificent masterpiece created by Hugo, the French leader of 19th-century Romanticism, after Notre Dame de Paris. 

With outstanding artistic charm, the book presents a brilliant picture of modern French social and political life during the period from the French Revolution in 1793 to the Paris People's Uprising in 1832. 

which fully reflects Hugo's extraordinary talent in the narrative. It is a model of the combination of realism and romanticism in the history of world literature. 

The novel reflects Hugo's humanitarian thoughts in a concentrated manner and is full of Hugo's concern for the fate of human suffering and unswerving belief in the future. It has a shocking artistic appeal.


17. The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway 


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This book tells the story of a fisherman. Santiago, an old Cuban fisherman, finally caught a big marlin by himself after 84 consecutive days without catching a fish, but the fish was so big that he was exhausted after dragging his boat at sea for three days and was killed by him Dead tied to the side of the boat. 

On the way back, he was attacked by a shark again, and when he finally returned to port, only the head, tail, and backbone were left. In the days when old San Diego went to sea, his long-term friend had been waiting loyally by the seaside, welcoming his return with confidence. 

The novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Laid Hemingway's prominent position in world literature.


18. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle 


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  This book can be said to be the sister volume of "The Power of Now". They are the work of Eckhart Toll.

  The soul of this book is to raise a topic that has been ignored by most people: the awakening and transformation of consciousness. If you don’t believe it, ask the people around you this question: What is spiritual awakening? What is consciousness transformation? However, some people have realized the process of consciousness transformation because of reading this book. What a shocking thing this is!

  The 21st century is a century of spiritual growth. More and more people are being awakened, and more and more souls are looking for a new world. Are you there too? If you are not aware of the urgency of awareness-raising, then read this book.

  In addition, through this book, I also have a deeper understanding of the "pain body". At that time, a friend was a little worried about the fact that the child knew that he had cheated and caused discord between the husband and wife. He felt that this matter should not be known to his child. I remember recommending this book to him at the time. 

      In any family, as long as there is a negative energy lingering in the home, the child can actually feel the pain-body whether you tell it or not. The pain-body is not for escaping, but for traversing.

  To pass through the pain-body is to pass through the "ego" that is fed by the pain-body.


19. The Second Half of Life by Angeles Arrien 


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  I remember buying this book and reading it after hearing about it at Hayward. Maybe it was the title of this book that moved me because I also always thought that turning 40 was a turning point in my life. In the first half, I walked through the world with my heart, and in the second half, I planted wisdom for the next life.

  Share it often with your friends: If you reach 40 and haven't started to grow spiritually, your life will go downhill very quickly. Health, relationships, career opportunities, and even family and life... will begin to leave you just the same. What strength do you have to help you through this second half?

  There was a time when my signature was changed to "the second half of my life", Crawling said that I was a little sad to see my signature and an old friend came online and asked me: "You are not old, why are you entering life? The second half?"

  I know that this signature is meaningful to me. Because the second half of life means switching from the pursuit of success to the pursuit of value and meaning.

  The road of life can become more exciting from now on. But it depends if you do a nice turn.

  If you are over 35, read it. It will give you a better idea of ​​where the road ahead is headed.


20. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck 


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  These are the professional notes of a senior psychotherapist. After I read the first volume, I bought another two or three. I bought and bought this book because I gave it to anyone who saw it and said it was good.

  This book tries to tell you that a person's mental maturity is not an overnight thing, it is a painful and long process of exploration. I've really experienced this very well. I used to walk the path of growth one step at a time very painful and sometimes found myself still standing still or even regressing, deeply depressed and helpless. 

    Fortunately, I persevered. What this kind of perseverance brings to me is that I am more and more able to know how to appreciate every temper it gives me when the pain comes. It is because of this kind of tempering that there will be a profound understanding.

  Be grateful for the suffering, and be grateful for all the past pains, because the road to maturity is just like this step by step.

  Maybe just because it's a not-so-easy road, it's a road less traveled.

  There is a monologue on my Sina blog: "An ordinary person decides to start cultivation. There is no wisdom in past lives, only devotion in this life. Recorded in real words, the road few people take." It should be from this book. inspiration.

  Just look at those walking feet on the cover and you'll have a strong desire to read. What's more, it is a road less traveled, will it make you more curious?


21. The Godfather by Mario Puzo 


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With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, The Godfather burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion, and loyalty continue to stand the test of time, as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld.

A #1 New York Times bestseller in 1969, Mario Puzo’s epic was turned into the incomparable film of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. 

It is the original classic that has been often imitated but never matched. A tale of family and society, law and order, obedience, and rebellion, it reveals the dark passions of human nature played out against a backdrop of the American dream.


22. The Book of Men by William J. Bennett 


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  God seems to be a little unfair. From birth, men are too different from women. Men have to stand upright and take on more things than women. To be honest, it is much more difficult and complicated for a boy to grow into a man than for a girl to grow into a woman. 

In such a developmental process, with the increase of age, men must gradually cultivate themselves and manage their families, and even govern the country and the world, and gradually become mature. 

In this growth process, it can be said that it is full of countless hardships, but also many joys of growth.


23. Paradise Lost by John Milton 


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  "Paradise Lost" reveals man's original sin and depravity with epic grandeur. In the poem, Satan, the god of rebellion, was thrown into hell for rebelling against God's authority, but he did not yield and sought revenge in the Garden of Eden. 

Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent possessed by Satan and stole the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, which God had forbidden to eat. In the end, Satan and his associates were condemned to become serpents, and Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden. 

This long poem embodies the poet's lofty spirit of pursuing freedom and is a very important work in the history of world literature and thought.


24. The Lover by Marguerite Duras 


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  One of Duras' representative works an autobiographical novel, won the French Goncourt Prize for Literature in 1984. 

Based on the life of French colonists in Vietnam, the book describes the deep and hopeless love between a poor French girl and a Chinese young master. The movie of the same name is also very good.


25. Bible 

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  The Bible is the holy book of Jews and has a profound influence on the spiritual and cultural influence of Westerners. The book "Bible Stories " tells the stories in the "Bible", divided into "Old Testament" and "New Testament". 

Among them, the "Old Testament" tells the story of how God created Adam, Eve, and their descendants to form the nation of Israel at the beginning of the creation of the world, and established and developed his own kingdom in the "God's Promised Land". 

The New Testament tells the stories of the birth of Christ Jesus, the preaching of the gospel of God, the betrayal and execution by Judas, and the preaching of the apostles.

  The Bible is the most widely circulated book in the world, has the greatest impact on mankind, and has the largest circulation in the world. It is not only a religious classic but also the cornerstone of the entire Western civilization. has had a profound impact.

Recommended reason: The Bible is not only a religious reading, but also integrates history, culture, politics, and economy. Together with the Greek civilization, it formed today's European and American cultures. 

The Bible is an important source of Western culture and an all-encompassing encyclopedia. It is the book with the largest circulation, the longest distribution time, the most translated languages, the most popular, the most widely read, and the most far-reaching book in the world, and has been included in the Guinness Book of World Records, the United Nations recognized "Bible" is the book with the greatest impact on mankind.


26. The Analects of Confucius by Roger T. Ames and Henry Rosemont Jr. 


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  This book is an important classic of ancient Chinese Confucianism, and it is a record of Confucius' words and deeds by Confucius' disciples and their subsequent disciples. This book was probably finalized in the early Warring States Period. Because it was made by many hands, it is difficult to determine the specific author, but it reflects the thought of Confucius in a concentrated manner.

  "The Analects of Confucius" is a collection of quotations, mainly recording the words and deeds of Confucius and his disciples, so it is called "Words". This book was written by all hands. 

As early as the late Spring and Autumn Periods when Confucius set up altars to give lectures, its main content was initially created; It was passed on from generation to generation by Confucius's disciples and further disciples, and gradually recorded the words and deeds of the Confucian sayings that were passed down, 

The original Confucian classics One of them is the most direct and reliable information for understanding Confucius' philosophy, politics, education, ethics, cultural propositions, and theories.


27. Origin of Species by Charles Darwin 


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  The idea of evolution has been proposed long before Darwin. But it was Darwin's On the Origin of Species, published in 1859, that really brought the theory of biological evolution to the attention of the world because the book's conclusions were based on a wealth of first-hand examinations. 

This book not only brought about a fundamental change in biological science but also caused a major change in people's worldviews. 

During the five-year voyage survey conducted by Darwin as a naturalist on the "Beagle" ship, by examining and comparing the characteristics of species in various places, he came to the conclusion of species gradual change. 

After the voyage, Darwin obtained the idea of natural selection according to the principle of artificial selection by collecting the materials that animals and plants mutated under domestic conditions. 

Genetic variation, the struggle for existence, and the theory of natural selection are the main contents of the book "Origin of Species".


28. The Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton 


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  There are more than 200 stories in the book. Each big story can contain several nights, and each night can contain several small stories. Arab countries were called "the kingdoms of heaven". 

  The stories of One Thousand and One Nights are varied and colorful. In addition to various gods, demons, and elves, the characters are involved in almost all social classes and occupations, such as emperors and generals, princes and princesses, merchants and fishermen, tailors and monks, traders and pawns, craftsmen and artists, slaves, and maids…… none. 

Not all. Most of the stories are magical, turbulent, and ever-changing. Myth, here, has become a special artistic means of expressing social life. 

Through the mysterious and unpredictable coat in the story, one can glimpse various scenes of ancient Arab social life, especially the beautiful thoughts, feelings, wishes, and pursuits of the masses.


29. Dream of Red Mansions 


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  "A Dream of Red Mansions" was originally called "The Story of the Stone". The work is based on the four families of Jia, Shi, Wang, and Xue, and takes the love tragedy of Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu as the main clue. Class struggle criticized feudal ethics. 

The language of the work is beautiful and vivid, and it is good at portraying characters and has created many artistic images with typical characters. The book is large in scale and rigorous in structure, which is the peak of realism in ancient Chinese novels.

  Full of nonsense. Tang Yan, a handful of bitter tears! The author is crazy, who can understand the taste? A "Dream of Red Mansions" well-known to women and children can be said to embody Cao Xueqin's life efforts. 

The novel takes the love tragedy of Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu as the mainline and constructs the rise and fall of the four families of Jia, Wang, Shi, and Xue. With vivid characters and poignant love, it is an eternal novel that can't be read and told.


30. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 


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  War and Peace is a realistic, heroic epic novel. Revolving around the Great Patriotic War in Russia in 1812, the novel expresses the relationship between the Russian people and the Napoleonic invaders, the Russian social system, and the will of the people from two aspects of war and peace with grand ideas, powerful narratives, and excellent artistic descriptions. 

It affirmed the great historical role of the Russian people in the war, painted a magnificent historical picture, and was known as "the greatest novel in the world".

  Leo Tolstoy was the most outstanding critical realist writer in Russia in the 19th century, recognized as one of the greatest novelists in the world, and the only great writer who could challenge Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare since the Renaissance. Together with Balzac, they are called the two highest and most glorious peaks in realist literature.

  After reading "War and Peace", the French writer Flaubert was deeply impressed by Tolstoy's magic pen and exclaimed: "This is Shakespeare, it is Shakespeare!"


31. Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra 


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Deepak Chopra brings the Buddha back to life in this gripping New York Times bestselling novel about the young prince who abandoned his inheritance to discover his true calling. 

This iconic journey changed the world forever, and the truths revealed continue to influence every corner of the globe today.

A young man in line for the throne is trapped in his father's kingdom and yearns for the outside world. Betrayed y those closest to him, Siddhartha abandons his palace and princely title. 

Face-to-face with his demons, he becomes a wandering monk and embarks on a spiritual fast that carries him to the brink of death. 

Ultimately recognizing his inability to conquer his body and mind by sheer will, Siddhartha transcends his physical pain and achieves enlightenment.

Although we recognize Buddha today as an icon of peace and serenity, his life story was a tumultuous and spellbinding affair filled with love and sex, murder and loss, struggle and surrender. 

From the rocky terrain of the material world to the summit of the spiritual one, Buddha captivates and inspires—ultimately leading us closer to understanding the true nature of life and ourselves.


32. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith 


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Recommended reason: "The Wealth of Nations" is called "A Study of the Nature and Causes of National Wealth". It is an economics book written by the British classical economist Adam Smith in nearly ten years. 

It was first published in 1776. Since its publication in 1776, academic circles all over the world have been shocked. Even the rulers of various countries take it as a guide. 

Every economist, big or small, in the world, has been directly or indirectly influenced by it. It is highly praised to the point of no further praise, and even people who profess to be Smith's believers will take a few chapters to criticize it; He also adopted several opinions from it as his fundamental thought.


33. This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen M. Reinhart  


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Recommended reason: After in-depth research and rigorous analysis, two well-known economists pointed out that the frequency, duration, and impact of financial crises in history are surprisingly similar. History can provide many experiences for those who study financial crises. 

"This Time is Different: Eight Hundred Years of Financial Crisis History (Collector's Edition)" reveals the ups and downs of finance over hundreds of years, which will affect policy for a long time. The discussion and formulation of, destined to become an important book.


34. The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman 


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Why You Need To Go: Thomas Friedman begins by showing "why and how globalization is slipping into a twisted flight" (Robert Wright), demystifying the world and addressing complex foreign policy and economic issues in simple terms. To clarify doubts for readers. 

Through his extraordinary ability to decipher complex foreign policy and economic issues, the author explains how the flattening of the world is taking place at the dawn of the 21st century: what this trend means for nations, companies, societies, and individuals; How governments and organizations can accept and must accept; why terrorists still want to continue to act.

You May Also Like: Best-selling classic books you must read in 2024

  1. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  6. The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  7. The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare
  9. The Odyssey by Homer
  10. The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  11. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  12. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  13. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  14. A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
  15. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  16. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  17. Cane by Jean Toomer
  18. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  19. Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin
  20. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  22. Howards End by E.M. Forster
  23. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  24. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  25. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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