Top 10 Books
Top 10 Books

Top 10 Most Popular Books of All Time

By Kaylee Heath, Associate Writer
Published September 20, 2017
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes: 500 million copies sold[1][2]
  • Spanish Literature
    This novel, published in 1612, follows the adventures of Quixote as he ventures into the Spanish countryside

  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: 200 million copies sold[1]
  • Historical Fiction
    In this book, Dickens wrote the timeless phrase "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times."

  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: 150 million copies sold[1][2]
  • Fantasy Books
    Although we know The Lord of the Rings as a trilogy, it originally was published as one massive book

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: 142 million copies sold[1]
  • Philosophical Books
    Astronomers named an actual asteroid after the one the little prince lives on in this novel

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling: 107 million copies sold[1][2]
  • Children
    The British name of this popular novel is actually Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The U.S. editor for this book thought that "Philosopher's Stone" didn't convey magic overtly enough

  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: 100 million copies sold[1][2]
  • Popular Crime Novels
    In this legendary mystery novel, each murder relates to a line in an old nursery rhyme

  • The Dream of the Red Table by Cao Xueqin: 100 million copies sold[1][2]
  • Redology
    This popular Chinese novel has an entire literary field dedicated to its study (Huang, Yi / InkDance)

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien: 100 million copies sold[1]
  • Children
    When this book was adapted to a movie, the film crew used all the gold paint in New Zealand when creating Smaug's lair. They had to import more from Germany in order to finish the project

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: 85 million copies sold[1][2]
  • Children
    The idea of the doorway in this novel linking the real to the magical was used years later by J.K. Rowling in her series Harry Potter

  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: 80 million copies sold[1][2]
  • Robert Langdon
    The Catholic Church publicly denounced this novel, making it even more popular


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