Though books, like television, movies and music, can be more of a personal thing when it comes to what you prefer but in this case we used the information from bookstores in Malaysia like Borders, Kinokuniya and MPH to figure out which books are the most popular amongst the people.
Here are some of the most interesting and popular books that can be found easily around the world bought by Malaysians.
“Life of Pi” by Yann Martel
Yeah, most popular books anywhere can be thanks to a motion picture that came out, which makes more people want to read the book first before watching it, or read it after watching it. Either way, movies and tv shows based on the original books can be a great way to get more people to read. In this case, “Life of Pi” has always been fairly popular before any mention of the film for Malaysians. The Ang Lee visual masterpiece was just a bonus.
“Fifty Shades Darker” by E.L. James
Well. There we go. Malaysians showing our less than clean side. The “Fifty Shades” sequel is a result of a worldwide literature phenomenon involving erotica and BDSM in book form, and even though a movie is coming out of this gloop the books were still on people’s minds because of how ‘shocking’ the content can be.
“The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson
With that mouthful and more of a title, the book gained popularity here in Malaysia, and all over the world because of it’s almost surreal story not unlike “Forrest Gump” but with from a Swedish mind. the book also is described to have an endearing charm to it.
“The Host” by Stephenie Meyer
What’s a popular book list without something from Stephenie Meyer? The writer who helmed the “Twilight” saga wrote another book but it isn’t anything to do with vampires but it does have the same themes like love and choices and hurt and all that jazz. Though the movie made from it isn’t as popular, the book still seems to have caught on with the reading audiences.
“The Garden of Evening Mists” by Tan Twan Eng
It’s not easy to have a Malaysian writer win prestigious book prizes for their work like Malaysian novel legend Tan Twan Eng. This book won itself the Man Asian literary prize, as well as the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. About a Japanese prisoner who later serves as a gardener, the historical and unique authentic Asian story appeals to the readers of the world, but it of course is a bestseller at Tan Twan Eng’s home country.