Do you still remember the books that topped our bookshelves from ten years ago? Looking back in time, 2007 was an amazing year for books, especially in the fiction category. Although this is by no means a comprehensive list, it includes some of the best steals that most of us are familiar with. With this ranked list, you can reminisce on the good old times by picking up a book from 2007.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
The final and long-awaited installment to J.K. Rowling’s world-renowned series was released on July 21st. Besides the highly-anticipated magical duel between Harry and Lord Voldemort, there are so many other questions left unanswered! Whose side is Snape on? What’s going to happen to Hogwarts? Very importantly, do the couples get to live happily ever after? It had been two years since the last Potter book was released and tension was building up towards a boiling point. Since readers were so eager to find out what happens, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows reached a record-breaking sale of 8.3 million copies within the first 24 hours and became recognized as the fastest-selling book in history.
2. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Based on the 2006 film with the same name, this is an extraordinary book that will bestow readers with the best gift one needs in life. It also discusses how this priceless gift can be applied to problems with health, relationships or success. Basically, this could be your potential guide to eternal happiness, that is, if you apply the technique correctly…
3. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is a memoir that describes a woman’s epic search for her identity across Italy, India and Indonesia. It remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for 187 weeks, which is more than three years! Following the book’s tremendous success, Columbia Pictures acquired the movie rights to produce the film version starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem in 2010.
4. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Written by the Afghan-American writer Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns was published on May 22nd and became the second bestselling novel following Hosseini’s 2003 debut, The Kite Runner. Once again set in Afghanistan, the plot revolves around two women’s struggle against violence and volatility in the face of war. Hosseini’s breathtaking story was a book that pretty much earned a place on every ranked fiction list of 2007. For example, the Time Magazine’s Top 10 Fiction Books of 2007, USA Today’s Best Books of 2007, Washington Post Best General Fiction & Poetry of 2007, Amazon’s Best Seller list of 2007 as well as Barnes & Noble.com Best Fiction of 2007.
5. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
In a nutshell, this is a heartbreaking story about a college dropout, a circus performer and an adorable elephant. Because of its popularity, it was adapted into a major motion picture in 2011 featuring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon.
7. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
The third installment of the Twilight saga, Eclipse continues the intertwining lives of Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. Released on August 7th, 2007, this book sold more than 150,000 copies within the first day.
8. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Set in 19th century China, this novel reveals the culture of bound feet through two BFFs. Through shared secrets, sorrowful solaces, and unfulfilled dreams, Lily and Snow Flower endure tyranny hand in hand within a patriarchal society. In Lisa See’s wonderfully vivid descriptions, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan explores the strength of female friendship and its supposedly unbreakable bond in the face of adversity.
9. The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien
The previously uncompleted work by J.R.R. Tolkien as compiled and organized by Christopher Tolkien was published on April 17th and soon became number 1 on The New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller list. After two weeks of its initial release, it sold 900,000 copies worldwide.
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