Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Asia


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Asia, being the largest continent in the world, is an excellent target for book sales. Through the years, there were many best-sellers in the region—both a combination of Asian and non-Asian authors. Today, we will take you through a list of these best-sellers. 

One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel García Márquez

This book is a brilliant novel that illustrates the story of the Buendia family. It is a chronicle of their conflict and desire to be left alone. It is a story of love that has eventually become synonymous with magical realism. The book is so magnificent that many tout it as one of several supreme achievements of literature. The book was published in 1967 and still remains one of the must-read classics of all time.

The Kite Runner | Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is a tale of an unlikely friendship between a rich boy and the child of one of their servants. It is a story that takes place in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. The story’s backdrop is a chaotic political landscape. Published in 2003, the book is about Amir, and it explores the fall of the Afghanistan monarchy through the Soviet invasion. It also tells the reader about the rise of the Taliban in the country.

Norwegian Wood | Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood is about a student named Toru. He is devoted to a woman named Naoko, but their love affair is thwarted by the tragic death of a mutual friend. Toru spends his life as a lonely college student, while Naoko finds life unbearable. As Naoko retreats to surrender, Toru begins to find a new kind of life—an invigorating one.

The White Tiger | Aravind Adiga

The White Tiger takes us to the adventures of a complicated man. It is the story of how a man became successful with nothing but only his wits. In the heart of India, the reader finds himself in the midst of different characters that bring color and life to the story. The White Tiger is a story of mischief and survival. It is irreverent and provocative, and it is touted as an international sensation in the world of literature.

Before I Go to Sleep | S. J. Watson

This is the story of a woman who wakes up in an unfamiliar bed. She finds out that she is with an unfamiliar man. Every morning, the man who wakes up with her has to explain that he is her husband. At the age of 47, the main character, Christine, had an accident two decades earlier. The accident decimated her brain’s capacity to form new memories. If you like stories of love despite all odds, you need to read this novel, as it is also acclaimed as an out-of-nowhere kind of sensation.

The Garden of Evening Mists | Tan Twan Eng

Set in 1949, the story follows a lawyer who is helping prosecute Japanese war criminals. The protagonist, Teo Un Ling, was a war prisoner during the Second World War, a common theme in Japanese casino online games. After that, she became a judge, one who oversees war crime cases. Her sister did not survive the war. The story is about awakening. It is about a woman who is trying to make sense of who she is in the world. 

The Unbearable Lightness of Being | Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera brings yet another fascinating story, that of a young woman who is in love with a man. The man is torn between his love for her and his womanizing habit. The book is set in June 1968 in the background of the Prague Spring. It first discusses the concept of eternal return, one that came from the mind of Friedrich Nietzsche. The theme of the book is Nietzsche’s philosophy. Life happens an infinite number of times. Because of this, we experience heavy burdens. However, we also have a personal life where something happens only when it loses its weight. 

Ilustrado | Miguel Syjuco

The story is from a Filipino writer who narrates what happened on a clear day in winter. It takes the reader to the corpse of a man, Crispin Salvador, found in the Hudson River. Crispin is a famous writer. He leaves behind a list of several names, but there is a missing piece—a manuscript. It was supposed to establish his reputation and also settle some score. 

The narrator is a student of the dead writer who decides to go back to the Philippines to find clues and write the life of his mentor. Critics called it a noir novel, and they also said that it is one of the best that has come from the Philippines.

1Q84 | Haruki Murakami

In this story, a young woman named Aomame follows the advice of a taxi driver. As she does, she begins to notice discrepancies in her life. She then realizes that she is in a parallel life, which she called 1Q84.  As this is happening, an aspiring writer named Tengo is working on a ghostwriting project. He becomes so engrossed in his work that a new life begins to emerge. In the story, the life of the two people converge, and the reader sees a profound connection in the entanglement. 

Goat Days | Benyamin

The original title of the book was Malayalam. It is a novel about an abused migrant worker in Saudi Arabia. While not a true story, it is based on real events. The book made Benyamin an overnight sensation. It was a hard-hitting story that has become a best-seller. 

The book has many versions. The original has more than 100 reprints. The protagonist, Najeeb Muhammed, is an immigrant who goes missing in Saudi Arabia. His goal was simple—save money and send it back home. However, he finds himself in a situation that is short of slavery. He herded goats in the desert, and he concocted a hazardous plan to escape. He hatches this plan to escape the desert prison, and the reader follows his ordeal.  

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