Top 10 Bestselling Books of All Time

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Presenting, the list of top bestselling books of all times.

A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.

-Neil Gaiman

No matter how advanced the technology may become, few things cannot be replaced. Books are one of them. Books have always been a part of our lives. We grew up listening to tales of good and evil, life and death, war and peace, angels and devils, in fiction or nonfiction forms.

Books are escape, from the real world. They take you to a world of your choice! 

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Here’s the the list of top bestselling books of all times

10.  She: A History of Adventure 

SHE, bestselling books

Author: H. Rider Haggard

Language: English

Worldwide Sales: 100 million

Publication Year: 1887

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance,

                Gothic

She is one of the most widely read books ever written.

It’s the story of Horace Holly, and his ward Leo Vincey and their journey to a lost kingdom in African interior where they met mysterious white queen, Ayesha, the “She ” or “She-who-must-be-obeyed”.

The novel has a bit of everything mateship, mystery, romance, reincarnation, shades of the paranormal set in a bygone era. It expresses numerous conceptions of Victorians and theme of female authority, feminine behaviour and womanhood.

9. The Dream of the Red Chamber

Dream of the red chamber

 Author: Cao Xueqin

Language: Vernacular Chinese

Worldwide Sales: 100 million

Publication Year: 1791

Genre: Novel, Family saga

The book was Dream of the Red Chamber, also known as The Story of the Stone, written by Cao Xueqin. It is one of the well known novel and among bestselling books of China.

It is considered a masterpiece of Chinese literature and is generally acknowledged to be the pinnacle of Chinese fiction. “Redology” is the field of study devoted exclusively to this work. The title has also been translated as Red Chamber Dream and A Dream of Red Mansions. The novel circulated in manuscript copies with various titles until its print publication, in 1791. The novel is also often known as The Story of the Stone. 

While the first 80 chapters were written by Cao Xueqin, Gao E, who prepared the first and second printed editions with his partner Cheng Weiyuan in 1791-2, added 40 additional chapters to complete the novel. Red Chamber is believed to be semi-autobiographical, mirroring the rise and decay of author Cao Xueqin’s own family and, by extension, of the Qing Dynasty. As the author details in the first chapter, it is intended to be a memorial to the women he knew in his youth: friends, relatives and servants. The novel is remarkable not only for its huge cast of characters and psychological scope, but also for its precise and detailed observation of the life and social structures typical of 18th-century Chinese aristocracy.

8.   Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

 Author: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

Language: English

Worldwide Sales: 100 million

Publication Year: 1865

Genre: Fantasy, Literary nonsense

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, also known as Alice in Wonderland, is the story of a young girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a great story with many life lessons in it. Alice makes her way through wonderland she learns that in a mad and confusing world home is an escape. Some of the great lessons she learns. Curiosity can lead to new and exciting things but can also get you in trouble so it must be used with caution.

In Alice in Wonderland, unlike other fairy tales, the story represents a child’s true progression through life. In real life, in the industrialized world, a child has to figure things out on her own. Alice in Wonderland is a perfect example of childhood through adolescence.

 7.  The Hobbit

The Hobbit, bestselling books

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Language: English

Worldwide Sales: 100 million

Publication Year: 1937

Genre: High fantasy, Juvenile fantasy

The story is about Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit living in a hole in a hill. He hates going on adventures but ends up in one of the most adventurous journeys ever!!! He has to help the dwarfs and he has Gandalf to help him and wants to win a share of the treasure guarded by Smaug the dragon. Bilbo’s journey takes him from light-hearted, rural surroundings into more sinister territory. 

The book unfolds the journey of Hobbit with Thorin and company, where they get to meet human, elves, goblins and other interesting creatures.

Tolkien has beautifully penned down the journey which can transport the reader in a world of fiction and fantasy. Among one of the bestselling books, it also contains beautiful illustrations and the road map to the lonely mountain which also helps as a guide while reading.

6.  And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None, bestselling books

Author: Agatha Christie

Language: English

Worldwide Sales: 100 million

Publication Year: 1939

Genre: Mystery, Crime, Psychological 

                  thriller, Horror

One of the worlds bestselling books of all time, Agatha Christie’s “and Then There Were None” sets the standard for crime fiction.

As the 1939 story begins, 8 unacquainted guest have been invited to a very large home on an isolated island off the coast of England for a type of holiday. When the water ferry drops them off they find their host has not yet arrived but there are two staff members there to meet their needs. Soon it is brought to their attention that all 8 guest along with the 2 staff members are accused of various murders from their past. Then the first of the guest drops dead. By the next morning another of the remaining 9 is found dead.

There is surely a murderer on the island and as the story continues to unfold the reader is never given any information other than that which the guest may encounter.

It is a highly readable murder mystery and a provocative, pitch-black psychological thriller that will be hard to forget!

5.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Author: J. K. Rowling

Language: English

Worldwide Sales: 120 million

Publication Year: 1997

Genre: Fantasy

Harry Potter, who is not familiar with this name? I guess none! This book is the first novel in Harry Potter’s series and has broken various records.

The story is about a boy called Harry Potter, whose parents were wizards. They were murdered when Harry was only a kid while he was somehow saved. He lived with his aunt’s family, who were so mean to him and so, he was never allowed to question anything about his parents too. At the age of eleven, he got to know that he too is a wizard and got admitted in a wizard school. The story took its fantasy and serious part from there.

The story is about the clash between the good and the bad sides. It is a thrilling journey to a magical wizardry land and is a must read!

4. The Little Prince

The Little Prince, bestselling books

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Language: French

Worldwide Sales: 140 million

Publication Year: 1943

Genre:  Fable, Allegory

The Little Prince, French Le Petit Prince,is a  fable and modern classic by French aviator and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The tale is about a child, the little prince, who travels the universe gaining wisdom.

This story is narrated by a pilot who had made a forced landing on the Sahara Desert. In the dessert he met the “little” prince from the planet Asteroid B-612 and befriended him. From the prince, the pilot learns the story of the boy, his history and planet-hopping journeys. The boy also explained how he met a King, a businessman, an historian, and a general and learned about various things but it wasn’t until he had come to Earth that he learned  the secrets of the importance of life from a Fox, a Snake, and the pilot.

This book among the list of bestselling books is a children’s tale for adults, reminding them about the simple pleasures of life!

3.  The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings, Bestselling books

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Language: English

Worldwide Sales: 150 million

Publication Year: 1968

 Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

The Lord of the Rings is the sequel of The Hobbit(also a bestseller, mentioned earlier in this list), written by Tolkien.

The story’s titular character is the Dark Lord Sauron of Mordor. The primary villain of the work, he created the One Ring to control nineteen other Rings of Power, and is thus the “Lord of the Rings.” Sauron, in turn, was the servant of an earlier Dark Lord, Morgoth (Melkor), who is prominent in Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, the history of Middle-earth.

2.  A Tale of Two Cities

 A Tale of Two Cities, best selling books

 Author: Charles Dickens

Language: English

Worldwide Sales: 200 million

Publication Year: 1859

Genre: Historical novel

A Tale of Two Cities, sets a riveting story of romantic and familial love against the violent drama of the French Revolution. The personal and the political are deeply connected, and complicated, and additional historical background regarding the French monarchy, feudal system, and French Revolution will help young readers appreciate the novel. It’s also worth noting that though this is one of Dickens’ best-loved works, it is a typical of the author in some ways. 

A Tale of Two Cities has fewer humorous, colorful characters than others of his most-read and bestselling books (other than the Crunchers), and the plot is more grand and far-reaching.

It explores the possibility of redemption and the importance of compassion.

1. Don Quixote

Don quixote, bestselling books

Most sold book among the list of bestselling books of all time!

Author:  Miguel de Cervantes

Language:  Early Modern Spanish

Worldwide Sales:  500 million

Publication Year:  1605 (Part One)

                               1615 (Part Two)

Genre: Novel

This opening phrase is steeped with irony and sarcasm. We are introduced to the loser town which the author is obviously embarrassed to have known and an out of date (rusty) and poor (worm-eaten) country gentleman (read “redneck”) and given a less than a complimentary portrait of his magnificent steed, Rocinante (starved greyhound). Cervantes chooses to reveal himself from the get-go (“I”) and stays with us during the entire two volumes of time-enduring text that is his literary legacy to us. This is also evident from the long and rambling sentence form. There is gallantry (ride forth) and pretention (adorn their halls) and yet a sort of hopelessness (skeleton of a horse) that infuses this sentence with a life of its own. And, the rest only gets better.

The entire work is full of comedy and humor.

These were the top 10 bestselling books of all times. They are also available online in pdf form for free. So pick up your favorite genre and get absorbed in the magical world of imagination!

Note: Some books like The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov are also best sellers. Since the data varies on different online sources these are not listed in the above list.

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