20 Best Selling Fiction Books In India You Must Read

Digitization is taking over the world and we are accepting its existence for our own good. But amidst all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, books have always occupied an important place. Ever since we were children, books have accompanied us in the best way possible. Every book has different human emotions tangled within. This article is going to celebrate the divine creativity of the best selling fiction books.

Reading optimizes our power of imagination and visualization. Considering the current era, we can tell that most of the young generation is inclined to video games. But we assure you that the 20 best selling fiction books assembled below will be a better “escape from reality” than video games. Stay with us and witness yourself.

20 Best Selling Fiction Books In India :

1. The Alchemist

★★★★

A highly captivating novel, The Alchemist is a creation of the famous Brazillian author, Paulo Coelho. It became a widely translated international bestseller after its publication in the year 1988. The story has enlightening wisdom in every bit of it. The protagonist is an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, who has a recurring dream about a hidden treasure in the Egyptian desert. He sets a journey in search of the treasure and on the way he comes across several other characters who guide him towards the direction of his quest.

But none of them could tell about the treasure or the obstacles that Santiago would face discovering the treasure. But in the end, a great sense of realization fills the readers’ minds as Santiago finds the treasure found within a human being instead of worldly materialistic goods. You can also find out how the power of our dreams can transform anything and why is it important to listen to our hearts.

2. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret To A Long And Happy Life

★★★★

The word “iki” means life and “kai” means the realization of hopes and expectations. Francesc Miralles, the award-winning best selling author along with Hector Garcia, a citizen of Japan have combinedly written this internationally acclaimed best-selling book. The book discusses various aspects of our lives and suggests ways of living a long and happy life through ancient and well-practiced Japanese technique called IKIGAI. The book is a reason to jump out of bed each morning.

The book draws a lot of references from an island in Japan called Okinawa which has the highest population aging more than 100, in the world. If you are in search of a more fulfilled life than this one, the book will provide you all the life-changing tools to transform your life as you need it to be. The book will show you how to leave the temptation of worldly pleasures behind and focus on nurturing relationships and your passion. It will eventually metamorphose your lifestyle into a better one.

3. The Book Thief

★★★★

The Book Thief is a historical novel based on the era of World War II and is written by The award-winning Australian author Mark Zusak . After its publication in 2005, The Book Thief became one of the best selling fiction books of all time. It was translated in 63 languages and 16 million copies were sold internationally. The plot of the story follows the life of Liesel Meminger, a young girl who was caught between her innocence of childhood and the maturity which was demanded by society. In 1939 Nazi Germany, the country suffered a huge death toll.

Liesel lost her younger brother too. By her brother’s grave, Liesel found The Gravedigger’s Handbook, accidentally left behind. It changed her life. She developed a strong bonding with books which was actively supported by her foster father and started to steal books from wherever she could. But the story takes a sharp turn when Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement. Find out what happens next, yourself. The superbly crafted writing keeps you engaged throughout the story.

4. A Man Called Ove

★★★★

A Man Called Ove is an internationally acclaimed novel by Fredrik Backman, Swedish columnist, and writer. The English version of the book, after 18 months of being published in 2013, reached the New York Times list of best selling fiction books and remained in the position for 42 weeks. Ove is an ill-tempered man who points out at people he dislikes and considers them as burglars. He is devoted to his principles and strict routines. Within the hard exterior shell, Ove has a story full of sadness.

The plot takes a sharp comic turn when a young couple with two young daughters move into Ove’s neighbourhood. Later in the story, you can witness a heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of this changes the cranky old man and the local residents too.

5. Wuthering Heights

★★★★

The next on our list of the best selling fiction books, the Wuthering Heights is a classic piece of English literature, written by Emily Bronte. It was first published in 1847 under her pseudonym “Ellis Bell”. The latest Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1847 first edition. This romantic love story of Heathcliff and Catherine is infused with envy, betrayal, and revenge too. The plot is set in the lonely and wretched landscape of Yorkshire moors.

The segment of the story when Mr. Lockwood is forced to seek shelter at Wuthering Heights for a night will absolutely blow your mind as you will realize about the turbulent past of Wuthering Heights and of those connected with it. The unusual depiction of mental and physical cruelty of the story is controversial to some extent as it directly challenges Victorian ideas about religion, morality, class, and a woman’s place in society.

6. To Kill A Mockingbird

★★★★

Considered as a masterpiece of American Literature, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee topped the list of best-selling fiction books instantly and a critically acclaimed book too, after its publication in 1960. The book was also honoured by the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later used as a plot of an Academy Award-winning film. The story of a young Alabama woman is full of compassion and it moves the readers deeply while taking them to the roots of human behaviour.

The contrast between innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor, and pathos has been excellently crafted in the story. The novel also deals with rape and racial inequality yet it’s full of warmth and humor. 18 million copies of the novel have already been sold all over the world in 40 languages.

7. Moby Dick

★★★★

Moby Dick is an 1851 novel by the famous American writer Herman Melville. Initially, the book was a commercial failure but the true significance of the story was exposed in the year 1891 after the author’s death. “Call me Ishmael” is probably one of the most famous opening lines of the history of English literature. In the story, Ishmael the narrator recollects the insane voyage of the whaleship Pequod which he became a part of.

The obsessive captain of Pequod, Ahab is on a revengeful voyage against a huge elusive white whale who destroyed Ahab’s ship in a previous voyage and left Ahab crippled and monomaniac. Will Ahab realize his own madness or his blind vengeance will take over and the voyage will turn into a disaster? Find out yourself and be a part of the voyage itself through this awe-inspiring and adventurous tale.

8. A Gentleman In Moscow

★★★★

“A Gentleman in Moscow” is comparatively a modern novel by Amor Towles, published in 2016. His debut novel “Rules of Civility” brought him fame as a master novelist with flawless command over linguistics. Towles combined Russian history and the common practice sentencing house arrest at that time in this novel. The story involves Count Alexander Rostov who was sentenced to house arrest by a Bolshevik tribunal in a grand hotel named Metropol.

Rostov, being an invincible man of wit, faced great turbulent times during this house arrest. During this time Russia was going through a stormy time. The limited circumstances and resources led Rostov to a much larger emotional discovery. Carefully crafted characters and beautifully rendered scenes create an enchanted atmosphere in the readers’ minds as Rostov obtains a deeper understanding of being a man of purpose.

9. Stories We Never Tell

★★★★

Savi Sharma, the author of “Stories We Never Tell” is on a mission to motivate her readers and bring them out from the grasp of negative vibes in life. With a combined sales of 6 lakh copies of her books, she is currently India’s highest-selling female author. Our lives are full of stories that we don’t want to share with anyone because they hurt us or nobody wants to listen to them. “Stories We Never Tell” is such a story that revolves around the lives of its characters Jhanvi and Ashray.

Jhanvi is a budding social media influencer who is living her ideal life yet she is not satisfied and wants to achieve more. On the other hand, Ashray transforms his dreams into reality with hard work and determination. Their stories intersect when destiny brings them together in an unexpected way. Read the engaging story to know how Jhanvi and Ashray lose hope and recovers it at the end.

10. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

★★★★

Published in over 42 languages this international bestseller, “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”, by  Robin S. Sharma, talks about the great wisdom to create a life full of passion, purpose, and peace. It tells the exceptional story of Julian Mantle, a famous lawyer who faced a great spiritual crisis in his imbalanced life. He sets on an odyssey to an ancient culture and comes across several powerful, wise, and practical lessons to overcome the shortcomings of life and lead a healthy lifestyle.

The story teaches us to develop positivity in ourselves, to follow our life’s passion and calling, to cultivate self-discipline and practice it regularly, to act with courage and self-esteem, to respect and value time as the most important entity of our life, to nourish and prioritize our relationships and to live fully without any complain towards life.

11. All The Light We Cannot See

★★★★

Highly acclaimed and multiple award-winning American author, Anthony Doerr has gifted this exceptionally well-written war novel to our generation. “All the Light We Cannot See” has been honoured with the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2015, after its publication in 2014. The plot is set in Nazi-occupied France telling a story about a blind French girl and a German boy trying to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie Laure is a blind girl living in Paris with her father.

At the age of twelve, she is forced to flee with her father to her uncle’s house as Nazis occupy Paris. There they deal in the museum’s most valuables. Werner Pfennig, on the other hand, is an orphan, working in a mining town in Germany with his younger sister. He is an expert in building and fixing radio devices. Destiny interweaves the lives of Marie and Werner. In the end, Doerr lightens up the ways in which people try to be good to one another against all odds.

12. Shadow Of The Past

★★★★

Life is never going to offer you anything of your choice. It will punch you hard and hold you down. It dominates you through your past. Sometimes you have no option but to walk along with your past and fall in love with nothing but your shadow. Your sufferings become your best friends. A time arrives when you strongly wish to quit and it can destroy you instantly.

“Shadow of the Past”, by Mayank Manohar deals with people who feel the same. It’s about three young people who are suppressed by their own past and insecurities. But they feel the change when they stop running from it and start to accept everything. It’s an incomplete love saga of Lavanya, Rehan, and Arpita. Read it to experience what true love means and whether the three of them will get destroyed or they will be able to redeem what is lost.

 13. You Are The Best Wife

★★★★

A masterpiece by Ajay K. Pandey, “You are the Best Wife” is one of the best selling fiction books about two individuals with different ideologies, who fall in love and the changes they face during the course of their marriage. It is also about finding true love and comfort among lots of dissimilarities. Bhavna represents compromise and sacrifice, on the other hand, Ajay loves living for himself. Bhavna is instinctive, she doesn’t believe in planning, whereas Ajay plans everything before executing a single move.

Instead of these differences they fell in love with each other and got married. But life is full of surprises. Due to some reasons, Bhavna had to give up on life. Read the story and find out what causes this halt and what comes next. Written in lucid language this true love story comes with an adequate dosage of humour. It is a representation of how people change into a whole new being after being touched by love.

14. Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

★★★★

It is a classic science fiction by Jules Verne and also among the best selling fiction books of all time. It was first published in French in 1864 and reissued in 1867. The central figure Professor Otto Lidenbrock believes that there are Volcanic tubes that reach to the very centre of the earth. He plans to visit the same with his nephew Axel and their Icelandic guide Hans Rappel through one of the Icelandic inactive volcano tubes.

During their journey, they come across many obstacles like cave-ins, subpolar tornadoes, underground ocean and even living prehistoric creatures. Eventually, they come out of the surface by an active volcano. The engaging plot rendering is excellent and commendable. It keeps the readers involved till the end.

15. You Only Live Once

★★★★

The best selling fiction books mark their presence in your mind for a lifetime. They help you discover yourself and change your way of looking at things. “You Only Live Once” by Stuti Changle is one of them. What if you disappear and several years later three of your friends come looking for you. But you are not the same anymore, whom do they meet then? Get answers about your own life from this motivation story which reflects the youth of India.

A rising Youtuber Alara, a struggling standup comedian Aarav, and a beach shack owner Ricky set out on a journey to find out the truth behind the famous singer Elisha’s disappearance. Find out whether they are able to find Elisha or they end up finding a greater truth about themselves. Discover yourself and how our biggest weakness turns into our greatest strength by this heart touching story.

16. Murder On The Orient Express

★★★★

The English Detective novel writer Agatha Christie has gifted some of the best selling fiction books to the world. Her creations feature some soul-stirring plots of English literature. “Murder on the Orient Express” features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. It was first published in 1934. The luxurious train The Orient Express is stopped due to heavy snowfall. By the morning it was discovered that a murder took place on the train.

An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment. He was stabbed a dozen times. But surprisingly the door of his compartment was locked from the inside. Detective Hercule Poirot starts investigating the case. He finds several pieces of evidence that eventually reveals the true identity of the American tycoon and also his murderer.

17. On The Open Road

★★★★

Among the several most selling fiction books of Stuti Changle, one of the most acclaimed is “On the Open Road”. The story revolves around three people who are in their twenties. They are motivated yet restless. They dream about a startup for which they don’t hesitate to take up any kind of challenge. They struggle to overcome their inner demons and societal taboos to live life on their own terms.

It is a story of an emotional journey of following one’s heart against all odds and achieving one’s goal. The journey also comprehends the bond of friendship, love, and loss, joyfulness, and depression. Read the story and find out yourself whether they will be successful in their quest and startup a company or they will give in to the hardships they face.

18. The Fault In Our Stars

★★★★

This masterpiece of John Green is a book for everyone. From 8 to 80 anyone can relate to this novel emotionally. After its publication in the year 2013, it has been included among the best selling fiction books in all parts of the world. More than 10 million copies of the book have already been sold and the number is on the rise. The plot revolves around two teenagers, Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, both diagnosed with terminal cancer.

They meet at a support centre for cancer patients and survivors. As their lives intersect, both of them feel alive again and they fall in love. As the story progresses, the readers start to feel that they are bound to the characters somehow. The ups and downs Hazel and Augustus face, their struggle, their funny moments leave the reader with teary eyes in the end and it makes this book worth a read.

19. Life Is What You Make It

★★★★

“Life is What You Make It” is a novel by the talented Preeti Shenoy. It was among the “Top books of 2011” as per the Nielsen list. It was also among the Times of India best selling fiction books of 2011. The plot excellently portrays love, hope, and how determination and self-confidence can overcome even destiny. What would you do when your perfect life’s turned upside down?

Life is What You Make It is a heartwarming story of Ankita Sharma. The captivating plot shows how her perfect life lands her into a mental hospital being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. But she refuses to give in. With sheer determination, she overcomes all challenges of her life and turns everything into her favour. Ultimately she makes life the way she wants.

20. Clean Slate

★★★★

There are consequences of every choice we make. Sometimes we face it immediately and sometimes it is gradual. “Clean Slate” is a collection of captivating stories created with characters who face tumultuous situations in their lives. Rosie dreams about a young kid every night. One day the kid confronts her in real life and reveals the reason for coming in her dreams. Hari is a young man who fails to secure a job even after applying for one several times.

He feels helpless until he receives an email. A successful college professor Anand is insulted by one of his students. Anand wants to take revenge on him for speaking the truth. Urvi is an eight years old girl who falls from a 9ft building but survives miraculously with minor injuries. A mark on her forehead is revealed when her injuries were nursed, which bewildered everyone. Vedant chose love over a promising career path. Does he regret it? Find out all the answers through this interesting novel.

The Bottom Line:

These above best selling fiction books will give you a thrilling and enjoyable experience which you can treasure for the rest of your life. They will help you realize a lot of things about yourself as well as the world around you. These books can make great gifts too. Knowledge achieved through reading a book is like an asset for a lifetime.

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