Best Selling Books Of All Time Ultimate List
The Bible is the World’s best-seller followed by Muslim’s holy book Qoran, mostly because they are virtually two millennia old. We haven’t included them in the list because of the reason that they are given for free most of the time, and they are the only guidebook for the World’s two popular religions. Fifty Shades of Grey tops the list of the best-selling books in the UK for reasons only the British know.
Now, all these put asides, which books in all fairness make the World’s 25 bestselling books of all time?
Editor’s note: We have included a few books read by the fictional TV series “Gilmore Girls” character Rory Gilmore.
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities is an 1859 novel by the late Charles Dickens. The story focuses mainly on the plight surrounding the French peasantry years before the revolution. The novel, besides the Bible and other political books, is the reigning bestseller having sold more than 200 million copies worldwide.
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit: There and Back Again (1937) is a fantasy novel and children book by J.R.R. Tolkien. The book has attracted a broad range of critical acclaim, won numerous awards and so far boasts of selling more than 140.6 million copies worldwide.
Harry Potter: The Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K Rowling
The Sorcerer’s Stone is the first novel in the World renowned “Harry Potter” Series. The book boasts of selling more than 107 million copies so far since it was published in 1997. Rowling’s Harry potter series is considered one of the best in the fantasy genre.
And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie
And “Then There Were None” is a murder mystery novel by Agatha Christie. The book was published in 1939 and has so far sold more than 100 million copies.
The Dream of the Red Chamber – Cao Xueqin
It is a Chinese novel written in mid of the 18th century by Cao Xueqin. Chinese consider it a masterpiece of their literature, making the books the best seller in China having sold more than 100 million copies.
She: A History of Adventure – H. Rider Haggard
The novel was the series in “The Graphic” Magazine. The book is a classic imaginative literature, boasting of having sold more than 100 million copies.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
This fantasy novel for Children was written in 1950 by C.S Lewis and published shortly after by George Bless. The Book has sold an upward of 85 million copies so far.
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
“The Da Vinci Code” is a widely popular adventure conspiracy novel. The book was published in 2003, boasts 80 million copy sales.
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich is a self-help motivation book by Napoleon Hill. It was written in 1937. The author was inspired to write the book by a suggestion he received from the Scottish-American philanthropist and business magnate, Andre Carnegie. The book has sold more than 73 million copies worldwide.
Harry Potter: The Half-Blood Prince – J.K Rowling
“The Half-blood Prince” is the sixth volume of the “Harry Potter” series. The 625-page book was published in 2005 and has so far sold more than 65 million copies.
The Catcher In The Rye – J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Red Eye is a controversial novel first published in 1951 by J.D Salinger. Though initially targeted at adults, the book became popular among adolescent readers following its themes of alienation and angst. It has sold more than 60 million copies so far.
Harry Potter: The Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
The Goblet of Fire is the 4th instalment in the Famous “Harry Potter” series. The book has sold more than 55 million copies since its publication in 2000.
Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ – Lee Wallace
A Tale of Christ is credited as the most influential Christian novel of the 19th century. It was was published on November 12, 1880, by Harper and Brothers, the book goes on record for selling 50 million copies worldwide and inspiring a healthy count of other novels with the biblical setting.
Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery
It is a 1908 novel by a Canadian author named Lucy Maud Montgomery. The book follows the story of Anne Shirley, an 11-year old fictitious girl who has to make her way through school, the town and hostile guardians. The Book has sold more than 50 million copies.
The Eagle Just Landed – Jack Higgins
It was published in 1975. The novel was adapted into a movie starring Michael Caine, Jenny Agutter, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. It has sold more than 50 million copies so far worldwide.
Watership Down – Richard Adams
Watership Down is an adventure novel by Richard Adams. The story was set in South-central England and published in 1972. It has so far sold more than 50 million copies.
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
Charlottes Webs is a 1952 children novel by E.B. White. The book skirts around a young pig named Wilber and a barn spider going by the name Charlotte. It has sold more than 51 million copies.
Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
It is the 5th instalments of the series. Since its publication in 2003, the book has sold more than 55 million copies.
Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
It is the second instalment in the series. It has sold more than 60 million copies since its publication in 1999.
Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
It is a children novel by Beatrix Potter. It follows the story of a mischievous young Peter Rabbit. The book has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide so far.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach
The novel as the name suggests follows the story of Jonathan Seagull, a young man learning about flight, self-perfection and life in general. The book has sold more than 44 million copies since publication in 1970.
Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James
Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic and romance novel by E.L. James. The book was recently made into a film of the same name and has sold more than 40 million copies.
A Message to Garcia – Elbert Hubbard
It is 1899 best-selling, inspirational novel by Elbert Hubbard. The book has been developed into two films and boasts of selling more than 40 million copies this far.
Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
Sophie’s World (1991) was written by a Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder. The book has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.