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Are you curious to know the Best Selling Books Of All Time?

So, you want to start reading books or you are a constant book reader and want to explore some different kinds of books but you are getting confused by such a sure number of books and novels available to read both in form of traditional way and also an online way as E-Books.

So, to help you out by picking some all-time best-selling books for you to choose from.

List of The Top 23 Best Selling Books Of All Time

Best Selling Books Of All Time

We will make this list with the help of Wikipedia and Business insider.

You have always heard every great and successful people reads this number of books every year, in 2010 it estimated there are around 130 million books had been published and every year 2 million new books are being published.

Here we present to you the list of 23 of the most popular, and best-selling books of all time.

23. Heidi

Heidi is a light-hearted novel by the writer Johanna Spyri. It is very popular in the ’80s and sold around 50 million copies.

It tells the story of a five-year-old girl named Heidi, she was sent to live in the Swiss Alps with her grandfather.

Everyone else use to fear her grandfather but the little girl finds it fascinating and cherishes the moment shared with him and living in the mountains but after few years living with her grandfather.

He had to move from there to a very wealthy family to work and help their daughter as she can’t walk on her own and her mother use to restrict Heidi and making her homesick and dampening her mountain-loving spirit.

22. Lolita

Best Selling Books

Lolita is a highly controversial novel as well as one of the best-selling books written by Vladimir Nabokov.

It has been banned in many countries for fear of obscenity charges, but it was ultimately published in France in 1955.

The story is about a middle-aged man named Humbert who falls in love with a 12-year-old girl named Dolores Haze, but he gave her the name Lolita, and to get close to her he married her mother and had a love affair with her child.

This novel sometimes shocks and disturb readers. It has sold 50 million copies around the globe.

21. One Hundred Years of Solitude

Next on our list is a novel by a Spanish American author Gabriel García Márquez his One Hundred Years of Solitude is written.

It is the tale of a multi-generational story of the Buendía family loved by the readers for its way to capture all sides of humanity and narrate the rise and fall of the Macondo.

It was also known as a literary movement in the year the 1960s and ’70s that evolved the view of Latin American Literature and encouraged more Spanish American authors to shine, it has sold over 47 million copies worldwide and was the best-selling book.

20. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ written by Lew Wallace, was also the inspiration for the classic Award-winning movie Ben-Hur.

The story is about a Jew who is living in Judaea and suffers the wrath of a childhood friend after he is forcefully thrown into slavery on a galley, he is also forced to witness the victimization of his family.

But he luckily survived and harbors the dream of vengeance. The novel became super popular and end up selling 50 million copies across the globe and it is considered one of the best-selling books of all time.

19. The Bridges of Madison County

Robert James Waller’s novel The Bridges of Madison County was the best-selling book fictional novel in the romantic category book in 1992.

It is a story about a lonely married lady who had an affair for four days with a photographer from National Geographic who was on an assignment to shoot the historic bridge of Madison County when his husband and children were away on a trip. It had sold over 60 million copies of it because of its immense popularity.

18. The Catcher in the Rye

Best Selling Books Of All Time

Next on our list is a J.D. Salinger written novel The Catcher in the Rye which gets published in the year 1951.

The story starts with a disillusioned 16-year-old boy it tells the tale of Holden Caulfield in an introspective and intimate way, the boy is fairly aware of the beauty and pain of life, and it shows him expressing it from a naïve and also a mature perspective both beyond his age.

The novel was included in the list of 100 Best English novels in 1923. It has also been translated into every major language and sold 60 million copies too if to date, which made it a best-selling book.

17. The Alchemist

The Alchemist is written by Paulo Coelho a Portuguese author and published in 1988. It is a story of a young boy named Shepard from Andalusia.

Who travels from his home to Egypt in search of a treasure buried near a pyramid, and along his way, he met many characters who assisted him in his quest.

At first, the book was only available in Portuguese but soon after its release, it became extremely popular and gets translated into many languages, and it became one of the best-selling books of all time, with 65 million copies sold.

16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Here is the amazing and best-selling book Harry Potter series concludes with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

This is the seventh part of this series, it was released in July 2007, and on the same day, it sold 8.3 million copies in the US and 2.65 million copies in the UK.

Harry and their friends face danger more than they ever did, and they search for a way to defeat Voldemort once and for all, and as the book progresses it keeps the reader in a feeling of darkness and danger and concludes the series with a satisfying and with the message of bravery, loyalty, and family.

This book became a big hit and sold over 65 million and was called the best-selling book of all time.

15. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

This is the sixth install, in the Harry Potter Franchise. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was written by J.K. Rowling.

It was first published in the UK as well as in the US in June 2005. It became very popular and recognized as a best-selling book.

In the series everywhere the rise of the darkest wizard appears with a fight between wizards and witches, Harry ends up having a portion book which makes him a remarkable student from a below-average student.

This book became a very popular and best-selling book of all time with 65 million copies sold out worldwide.

14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Best Selling Books

This is the fifth novel in the Harry Potter Franchise. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. It was first published in the UK as well as in the US in June 2003.

It became very popular and recognized as a best-selling book.

The series continues showing Harry keeps on going with his magical schooling and he tried to warn everyone that Voldemort is coming and he is growing stronger and stronger.

This book became a very popular and best-selling book of all time with 65 million copies sold out worldwide.

13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This is the fourth novel in the Harry Potter Franchise, the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. It was first published in the UK as well as in the US in July 2000.

It became very popular and recognized as a best-selling book. The series revolves around the Triwizard Tournament it was to be the event between the students of two different wizarding schools who will visit Hogwarts and compete with each other.

But Harry and his friends got suspicious that is not quite right. This book became a very popular and best-selling book of all time with 65 million copies sold out worldwide.

12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This is the Third fantasy novel in the Harry Potter Franchise, the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.

It was first published in the UK as well as in the US in 1999 It became very popular and recognized as a best-selling book.

The series revolves around where Harry gets in danger as someone from his past escapes the wizarding prison and threaten the Hogwarts and its student’s well-being.

This book became a very popular and best-selling book of all time with 65 million copies sold out worldwide.

11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

This is the second fantasy novel in the Harry Potter Franchise.

The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. It was first published in the UK in July 1988 and the following year it has published in the USA by Scholastic Inc, it became very popular and recognized as a best-selling book.

The series revolves around Harry who is going to begin his second year at Hogwarts but he receives a message that some danger awaits him in school and met with a new professor and marked by him and many weird things start to happen at Hogwarts.

This book became a very popular and best-selling book of all time with 77 million copies sold out worldwide.

10. The Da Vinci Code

Best Selling Books Of All Time

The Da Vinci Code is a mystery and thriller novel by Dan Brown. It has been released in 2003 as it is a continuation of Brown’s 2000 novel, named Angels and Demons.

This book became a very popular and best-selling book of all time with 80 million-plus copies sold out worldwide it has been translated into various languages because of its popularity and which makes it the best-selling book.

9. The Adventures of Pinocchio

The Adventures of Pinocchio is written by Carlo Collodi. It is a very popular and best-selling book of all time.

Pinocchio It is a puppet made by a woodcarver in a Tuscan village, one day Pinocchio meets a magical fairy who tells him he could be a human if he behaves and be good for a whole year.

Pinocchio tried to behave and do good deeds though he gets caught in his natural troublesome antics. It has been sold over 80 million copies and known as one of the best-selling books.

8. She: A History of Adventure

She: A History of Adventure is written by an English novelist H. Rider Haggard. It was released in 1887. It is a very popular and best-selling book.

The story revolves around 25 years old Leo and his wife as they discovered a secret about his family that made them travel to Africa and then they discovered 2000 plus years old immortal queen ruling a kingdom who has an ancestral connection to Leo.

It is a tale of adventure mixed with fantasy and legends. It has been sold over 83 million copies and known as one of the best-selling books of all time.

7. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe is the most popular novel and the best-selling book in the seven-book series Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

It was realized in 1950. The story follows four siblings exploring the magical realm through an old wardrobe.

It has sold more than 85 million copies and earned its name as one of the best-selling books of all time.

In 2003, the book got ranked 9th in the BBC’s, Big Red Poll and it also went to be featured as the 100 Best Young-Adult books of all time.

6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first novel in the series and as well the author J.K. Rowling’s debut. It was first published in the UK in June 1997 and in the US the following year.

It is one of the most popular and best-selling books. With this first series, we get to introduce Harry, a young boy who used to live with his aunt and uncle after the death of his parents.

Later on, Harry discovers that he is a wizard and goes to Hogwarts and learns everything he could about magic and made some new friends, and unveils the dark secret about his parent’s death.

It has been sold over 120 million copies and known as one of the best-selling books of all time.

5. The Hobbit

Next, on our list we have a very popular book and best-selling book: The Hobbit, it is written by J.R.R. Tolkien and it is the prequel to another famous book by J.R.R. Tolkien called “The Fellowship of the Ring”.

It is a child fantasy novel that was published in September 1937, quickly became very popular, and gets nominated for Carnegie Medal for best juvenile fiction.

It is the story of Bilbo Baggins who enjoys his simple and comfortable life until he crosses paths with a great wizard Gandalf, who puts him on a quest for a lifetime.

It sold over 150 million copies and to date is considered one of the best-selling books of all time.

4. The Little Prince

In fourth place is “The Little Prince”, it is written by French aristocrats and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The book was first published in the US in 1943in English and French by Reynal and Hitchcock.

The story follows a boy who explores space and visits different planets and it discusses the theme of love, loss, friendship, and loneliness.

This book became the most successful work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and one of the best-selling books of all time, and it sold over 150 million copies of it worldwide and has been translated into 300 different languages and it is a very popular and best-selling book.

3. The Lord of the Rings

Best Selling Books Of All Time

The lord of the Rings was written by J.R.R. Tolkien. it is a high-intensity fantasy novel and one of the best-selling books of all time, it is the sequel to his first book, The Hobbit.

The book was intended to be a two-part volume but it was deemed a bad idea by the publishers so instead, it was released in a three-part volume over one year.

The first part of the book is named The Fellowship of the Ring, and the other part is The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

It has sold over 150 million copies to date and is considered one of the best-selling books.

2. A Tale of Two Cities

Second, on our list of the best-selling book of all time is A Tale of Two Cities written by, Charles Dickens in 1859, it was in London and Paris during and before the French Revolution.

This book is about a French Doctor and his imprisonment of 18 years, Manette, in Bastille Prison, Paris, and his ultimate release to continue his life with his daughter, Lucie in London.

It is considered one of the best-selling books by Dickens for his fantastic work of historical fiction and since then it has sold over 200 million copies worldwide.

It has ranked 63rd on The BBC in 2003.

1. Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes wrote Don Quixote the best-selling book of all time and the most translated book as well.

It is also considered the first-ever modern novel ever written and it was published in 2 parts one in 1605 and another one in 1615.

After reading countless romantic tales Don Quixote decided to become a knight errant with his squire, Sancho Panza, also being recruited.

He imagines himself in a knight story, tempered by the wit of Sancho. It is a tale of imaginative rhetoric and witty comedy.

It sold 500 million copies till now and is known as the best-selling book till now.

Conclusion of Top 23 Best-Selling Books Of All Time

We hope that you enjoyed our list of the top 23 best-selling books of all time.

And now you know what made these novels appeal to millions of hearts around the globe and became more and more popular as time goes.

And now you can choose your perfect novel or book to pick and enjoy reading and get lost in the world of the best writers and their amazing stories.

Topic Summary

Here Are A Quick List Of The Top 23 Best Selling Books Of All Time

  1. Don Quixote
  2. A Tale of Two Cities
  3. The Lord of the Rings
  4. The Little Prince
  5. The Hobbit
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  7. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
  8. She: A History of Adventure
  9. The Adventures of Pinocchio
  10. The Da Vinci Code
  11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  15. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  17. The Alchemist
  18. The Catcher in the Rye
  19. The Bridges of Madison County
  20. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
  21. One Hundred Years of Solitude
  22. Lolita
  23. Heidi

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