It’s not easy to pick the best book to read. We are here to help you pick the best-selling books of all time. In the 21st-century, book sales are declining day by day over the past decade. Because books now are easy to find online, downloadable versions, and audiobooks.
But the good old-fashioned paper book hasn’t vanished just yet. From classic novels to the ancient ones, the best-selling books mentioned on this list have been compiled based on total worldwide sales.
If you’re a new reader who is looking looking for the best selling books to read this list will help you a lot.
- 1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes:
First modern novel and the most popular novel of all time written by Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. Originally published in two parts. The first part was in 1605 and the second part was in 1615.
Copies Sold: 500 million
- 2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens :
A Tale of Two Cities is a historical classic novel was written by Charles Dickens. The plot of this novel was set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution in 1775–92. Originally published in 1859.
Copies Sold: 200 million.
- 3. The Lord Of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien :
The Lord Of The Rings is the best fantasy novel written by the scholar J. R. R. Tolkien. It was first published in 1954. The Lord Of The Rings is the sequel to Tolkien’s first book “The Hobbit” which was written for children. This novel has gained much popularity since the movie has been made with the same name.
Copies Sold: 150 million
- 4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry :
The Little Prince is a story about a boy, who visits different planets in space and tries to understand loneliness, love, friendship, and loss. This greatest and most translated novel is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Originally published in English and French in the US by Reynal & Hitchcock in April 1943.
Copies Sold: 142 million.
5. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J. K. Rowling :
The first part of the popular series Harry Potter and the first one on our list is another fantasy novel series written by British writer J. K. Rowling. First published on June 26, 1997, in the UK.
Copies Sold: 120 million
- 6. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie :
“And Then There Were None” is a mystery novel by Agatha Christie. The story follows with 10 people, were invited to a solitary mansion by a mysterious character. Soon they find themselves in a great danger as they watch each other get picked off one by one according to an old nursery rhyme. This novel first published in the United Kingdom in 1939.
Copies Sold: 100 million.
- 7. The Dream Of The Read Chamber by Cao Xueqin :
The Dream Of Red Chamber is considered a masterpiece novel in Chinese literature written by Cao Xueqin. It is also known as The Story of the Stone.
Copies Sold: 100 million.
- 8. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien :
The Hobbit is the child fantasy novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is the prelude of the popular books The Lord of the Rings. First originally published on 21 September 1937. It was quickly nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Got the prize for best juvenile fiction, by the New York Herald Tribune.
Copies Sold: 100 Million
- 9. The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis :
The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe is written by C. S. Lewis. It is the first and best known novels of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia series. The story follows four siblings as they explore a magical new world they can access through an old wardrobe.
Copies Sold: 100 million
- 10. She: A History of Adventure by H. Rider Haggard :
She: A History of Adventure is the most popular novel maybe you never heard of was written by H. Rider Haggard. The story about two adventurers who search for a supernatural white queen, Ayesha, who is the ruler of a lost African city called Kôr. This novel was first published on December 24, 1886, which was extremely hit upon its release and never stops printing.
Copies Sold: 83 million