Top 10 Best Selling Books of All Time

Books provide different benefits to different individuals. Some people read books to get inspired, others to learn, others read to develop verbal abilities, to others it’s a source of entertainment and even to some it’s a remedy of reducing stress levels. When we talk about best-selling books these refers to the number of estimated sales on the book. These books below have reliable sales figures recorded. It’s worth noting that books such as the bible which have appeared on the Guinness book of records for sales surpassing 5 billion is not on the list since they were printed and produced by different unrelated publishers. Other books that don’t feature on the list are religious, political, ideological and philosophical for the above reasons. Here are the top 10 best selling books of all time.

List of Top 10 Best Selling Books of All Time until in 2017

10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, v 2017

Among the best fantasy novels for children The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of was first published in 1950 by C.S. Lewis and Geofrey is one of the novels in the list of seven novels of the chronicles of Narnia. The lion the witch and the wardrobe is has also made in the list of most widely held in libraries. The plot of the story is set in a mythical land of Narnia where animals and other creatures talk. There also exists a white witch who rules Narnia. The four children who visit Narnia through a magical wardrobe are set to fulfill a prophesy and save Narnia as well as themselves. It has made in the list of best selling books for selling more than 85 million copies.

9. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Top Best Selling Books Of All Time 2017

The novel also commonly referred to as Alice in wonderland is one of the greatest works of literary nonsense was published in 1865 by an author who was an English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. The plot of the story talks about a girl named Alice who accidentally trips in a rabbit hole and vanishes in a fantasy world which is inhabited by anthropomorphic creatures. Among the fantasy genre this novel has been an influence and one of the best-selling having sold more than 100 million copies.

8. Dream of the Red Chamber

Dream of the Red Chamber Top Famous Selling Books Of All Time 2019

The novel also known as the story of the stone is one of the greatest classical novels of our time. It’s considered among the four great Chinese classical novels written during 18th century in the era of the Qing Dynasty. The author of this great work is Cao Xueqin. Redoogy academic sturdy was developed in order to exclusively learn about Dream Of The Red Chamber. The novel plot focuses on the fall and the rise of Cao Xueqins family and Qing Dynasty. It’s a reflection of the life and social structures in the 18th century in relation to Chinese society. Its sales have surpassed 100 million copies making it in the list of best seller books of all time.

7. And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None Top Most Famous Selling Books Of All Time 2018

The novel was written by one of the greatest authors Agatha Christine. The novel is mostly said to her greatest piece of work and she too describes the novel as the most difficult of them all in her collection of novels. Its publication took place in 1939 just after the release of British blackface song which played a key role in the plot of the novel. It’s a best seller novel with sales exceeding 100 million copies. In the category of mystery novels And Then There Were None is world best-selling of all time.

6. The Hobbit


This is one of the best children fantasy novels out there in the market today. It’s written by a famous author J.R.R Tolkien and was published in 1937. Some of the awards the novel has won is the prestigious New York Herald Tribune. The plot is about a hobbit Bilbo who goes into the mountain of dragon to get a share of the treasure where it’s guarded by Smaug and the dragon. This is one amongst the Top 10 Best Selling Books of All Time until 2017. The book has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


In all the series of harry potter and J.K.Rowlings the harry potter and the philosophers stone is the first work that was published in 1997 by scholastic corporation. The story in the novel is about the young boy harry potter who comes to realize he has magic powers and upon this, he travels to Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry to learn more about his powers. While there he makes a few friends and some enemies as well. While on the school harry faces a challenge to stop the dark wizard lord Voldemort who killed his parents while he was young. The novel has won many awards among them nearly all British book awards and has been one of the books in the list of best-selling. The book has also gone in the record as having been translated more than 67 languages and even going in the extent of making a film based on the novel. The novel has sold more than 107 million copies.

4. The Little Prince


The little prince is a story of a boy who decides to leave his home planet to take an adventure in the universe and along the way he gets to learn on adult behavior through unusual happenstances. The novel was first published in 1943 and it’s the original work of a famous author Antoine de Saint exupery. The book has been translated into 250 different languages inclusive of dialects and has worn recognition as the best book of the 20th century in France. The book registers sales of more than 2 million copies each year and has made sales more than 140 million copies. Today the novella is being used in various art forms such as live stage, radio plays, television, radio plays among others.

3. The Alchemist


The novel was the original work of a Brazilian author Paulo Coelho and it’s a best seller. The first publication of the novel happened in 1988 in Portuguese language. Today the novel has been translated in more than 68 languages hence recognition by Guinness book of records as the most translated book by an author who is alive. AFP source reveals the novel copies have been sold more than 150 million in 60 different languages. The story behind the novel is about a young shepherd boy named Santiago from Spain who keeps dreaming of treasure that is located in Egypt pyramids and decides to go find it. Along the way he meets Gypsy woman, a king, and alchemist whom give Santiago guidance in order to succeed on his quest.

2. A Tale of Two Cities


A Tale of Two Cities is written by Charles dickens and falls in the genres of historical fiction and political commentary. Its set up is based on two cities London and Paris before and during the American and French revolution. The novel deals with three different themes resurrection, revolution and duality.the major characters in the novel are Sydney Carton, Charles Darnay, Alexandre Manette. The novel has sold more than 200 million copies.

1. Don Quixote


The book was written by a Spanish author named Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Today the Don Quixote is not just a best-selling novel but it’s deliberated as the most persuasive work of literature from the Spanish golden age and the whole of Spanish literary canon. Among fiction genre works Don Quixote is considered the greatest works of fiction literary ever published. Part 1 was first published in 1605 and the second part in 1615 and has been translated into 60 different languages. It has sales of more than 500 million.

So, these above are the Top 10 Best Selling Books of All Time 2017. For a book to feature in the best sellers list it must have been a masterpiece work of literature. These above books are the most sold and widely distributed in the planet. They have inspired a lot of upcoming authors and have been a pinnacle to many genres.

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