This article from the Guardian in 2012 lists the 100 best selling books of all time. As I was looking through the list I found there was a lot of crap on it (Dan Brown and EL James, I’m looking at you). But I was pleasantly surprised to find some of my favourite books on it, I’d definitely recommend checking them out if you haven’t already. I’m also giving away a £10 Amazon voucher in my competition (see Gleam app below) so you can treat yourself to a new book. So here are 8 best sellers that weren’t crap:
1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Mark Haddon) (N0. 20) An insight into life with autism, this book follows the investigations carried out by Christopher, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, after he discovers the body of his neighbour’s dog. It is fascinating and moving at the same time as while he can manage complex maths problems with ease (I still don’t get the one about probability!) he fails to grasp the complexities of human behaviour and relationships.
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle) (No. 25) Lovely introduction to counting and days of the week. I love the beautiful illustrations and the last page is a favourite with little T- he loves to wave his arms like a butterfly fluttering its wings.
3. The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson) (No. 26) This and The Very Hungry Caterpillar are definite must-reads for young children. My little boy loves pointing at all the different animals in the book, and I enjoy the ingenuity of the mouse!
4. The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) (No. 32) This clever book deals with some of the practical issues faced by a time traveller such as the need to steal clothes and why driving is a bad idea. I really enjoyed this book, although I was expecting it to make me cry and it didn’t.
6. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Louis de Bernieres) (No. 36) I love this book. I first read it while on holiday in Cephalonia (where the book is set) and we had an extract from it as one of the readings at our wedding. The occupation of the island by Italian forces results in the collision of European politics with the everyday life of local doctor, Iannis, and his beautiful daughter, Pelagia. Arriving with the occupying forces is Captain Antonio Corelli, who just wants a have a peaceful war and play his beloved mandolin. This bittersweet story had me laughing and crying in equal measures.
7. Life of Pi (Yann Martel) (No. 38) After a tragic shipwreck, on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean are 16 year old Piscine ‘Pi’ Patel, a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a tiger named Richard Parker. A novel like nothing I’ve read before, Life of Pi is a true classic.
8. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (John Boyne) (No. 62) The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a brilliant book about the son of the Commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp. The poignancy of the situation viewed through the innocence of childhood makes for fascinating reading. This beautiful book had me in tears with its unexpected turn of events.
These were my favourite books from the Guardian’s list. Now’s your chance to win a £10 Amazon voucher using the Gleam app below. Good luck!