What you see, hear, watch, listen to, and read can change the way you think about things and transforms your existence. Just as your actions affect how people see you, your thoughts influence how you view yourself and the world around you. Choosing to cultivate a positive outlook and gathering knowledge from other people's insight and experiences are just some of the ways to live your best life.
One of the most effective ways to learn, reflect, and open your mind is reading. We already know books aren't just words on a page. They have the power to teach you life lessons and change the course of your future.
Think about your favorite book and why you love it so much. Was the character relatable on a personal level? Did it transform your viewpoint about history? Were the details described in a beautiful way?
If you loved the book, it's likely a lot of other people did too. Some books are timeless, and some come to light only when society needs them. Do you know what was the most popular book the year you were born? Check out the list below to see if you've read it!
1953 - The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
1956 - Eloise by Kay Thompson
1958 - Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
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Can you discover any underlying themes in each decade? Why do you think these particular books were so popular? It's almost never a coincidence when people seek out stories that explain or reveal underlying issues in society.
The Pulizer Prize-winning book To Kill a Mockingbird rocketed to stardom in the 60s, and regained popularity in recent years when Harper Lee's posthumous sequel Go Set a Watchman was published.
Tropic of Cancer sparked censoring issues in the Supreme Court, while another of J.D. Salinger's books became famous for its great characters. Another book, The Shoes of the Fisherman, gained popularity because it was released the day Pope John XXIII died.
1965 - Herzog by Saul Bellow
1967 - Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
1968 - Couples by John Updike
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Did you know The Exorcist and Jaws were both bestselling novels before their film adaptions? Tragedy, horror, and satire were all common genres during the 70s. In fact, one of the most popular books was one of Agatha Christie's murder mysteries. The author died during this time period, which explains why her last novel was read so widely.
A few other books were intelligent commentaries on society and American politics, while others promised an answer to a question. Let's face it, everyone wanted to know what Sophie's Choice was.
1970 - Love Story by Erich Segal
1974 - Jaws by Peter Benchley
1975 - Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
1978 - Fools Die by Mario Puzo
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Several of this decade's popular books were made into major films. The Bourne Identity sparked a franchise starring Matt Damon and of course, no one can forget the iconic E.T.
Several of today's bestselling authors rose to fame during this time also. Stephen King's first bestselling novel happened to be a popular book during the 80s, along with books from Danielle Steel and Anne Rice.
Salman Rushdie's best-seller demonstrated that words have the power to both inspire and offend. The author's approach to sensitive passages in the Quran led to a call for his assassination.
1981 - Cujo by Stephen King
1984 - The Sicilian by Mario Puzo
1985 - Secrets by Danielle Steel
1987 - Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
We're getting closer to modern day best-sellers. Do you remember any of these?
War, emigration, scandal, and love were all topics explored in the 90s. There's no question this was a big year for books, with Oprah's book club partially influencing what made it to the top of the list. In addition, the Harry Potter series began to take off with J.K. Rowling's second book.
It's also refreshing to see more variety in voice, style, and authorship. For the first time ever, a Hispanic author won a Pulitzer Prize during this time period. In addition, a novel about the lives of four African-American women was the top book in 1992.
1995 - High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
1998 - Paradise by Toni Morrison
How many of these have you read? Continue to discover what was popular in the early 2000s.
Many thought we wouldn't make it to year 2000, but it arrived and the earth didn't spontaneously combust. However, that didn't stop people from returning from the one thing that really matters in life: love. Romance was the most popular genre from the year 2000-2009, with Nicholas Sparks' books becoming a popular as well as the teen romance Twilight.
Not surprisingly, the final Harry Potter book also became a bestseller as well as the controversial Da Vinci Code. Do you remember Marley & Me? It also became a popular read at this time.
2006 - Marley & Me by John Grogan
2008 - Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
You're almost there! Do you remember what was on the recommended reading list from 2010-2016?
Best reads took a bit of a dark turn in more recent years. 2010-2016 explored themes of sexual abuse, abduction, racism, lies, and death in the best-selling books. Interestingly enough, many of the most popular books ended up being adapted to films, including Kathryn Stockett's The Help and The Fault in Our Stars.
A surprising book took a leap to fame in 2016 because of the popular musical Hamilton.
We can't wait to see what book will be the best in 2017!
2011 - The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2012 - Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
2013 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
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