10 All Time Bestselling Books

Best-selling books of all time are those books, which span several centuries and cover many genres and unique languages. Comic and textbooks have not been included in best-selling list.  Even the religious and political books like The Bible, the Qur’an, which are widely accounted as the most-printed and most-distributed books all over the world, have also been excluded from the list of best-selling books due to their unreliable printing figures.

Today, we are providing our readers a list of 10 best-selling books- fiction and nonfiction, of all time reported in the most reliable and independent source–Wikipedia. These books are listed according to their highest estimated sales figures. Have a look:

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens’s A tale of Two cities is a classic narrative of one A Tale of Two Citiesfamily’s struggles and sufferings before and during the French Revolution. First published in 1859, this historical novel ranks high as one of the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. Set against the backdrop of Paris, London, England, and France, Charles masterpiece of bravery, drama, and adventure featuring the plight of Charles Darnay-a man mistakenly accused of treason. With well over 200 million copies sold, this novel has been a bestseller for decades.

Author: Charles Dickens

First Published: 1859

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: London: Chapman & Hall

Approximate Sale: 200 million

The Lord of The Rings

The lord of the ringsOne of the bestselling books of recent times, The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy novel that inspired, and continues to inspire movies, artwork, television and ensuing literature. This classic saga began as a sequel to Tolkien’s earlier work The Hobbit, published in 1937. Written much of it during World War II, this epic tale, with over 150 million copies sold, enjoys immense popularity to the present day. The J.R.R. Tolkien’s definitive novel is published in three volumes encompassing The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

First Published: 1954-1955

Genre: Fantasy and Adventure

Publisher: George Allen & Unwin

Approximate Sale: 150 million

Dream of the Red Chamber

Written during the Qing Dynasty in 18th century, Dream of the Red Chamber is Dream of the Red Chambera masterpiece by Cao Xueqin that is generally accepted to be the pinnacle of Chinese fiction. Originally written in Chinese, the novel is believed to be a semi-autobiographical, detailing the specific and thorough detail of the rise and fall of author Cao Xueqin’s family. Cao Xueqin wrote the first 80 chapters of this novel while his partner Gao E added 40 more chapters in it later to complete the novel.

Author: Tsao Hsueh-Chin

First Published: 1754-1791

Genre: Fiction

Approximate Sale: 100 million

The Hobbit

The prelude to J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, a fairy tale, wasThe Hobbit being nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Set in a time” Between the Dominion of Men and the Dawn of Faerie, this great modern classic follows the magnificent expedition of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins to a sinister territory watched over by the dragon, Smaug. However, The Hobbit is lighter in tone than the trilogy that follows; it remains popular and classic in the children literature. Its long-term legacy encompasses several adaptations for radio, video games, television, films, and stage. New York Herald Tribune awarded a prize to this epic novel for best juvenile fiction.

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

First Published: 1937

Genre: Epic Fantasy and Children Literature

Publisher: George Allen & Unwin

Approximate Sale: 100 million

And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie- The Queen of Mystery wrote the most shockingly nifty andAnd Then There Were None impudent novel- And Then There Were None. First published in 1939, with a different title- Ten Little Indians, the book has sold millions of copies all over the world, making it the world’s best-selling mystery book. This detective fiction starts with ten strangers, who have been invited to a mansion on the fictional soldier island by a mysterious host. These guests are mysteriously killed off one by one in that isolated island in a number of ways including by drowning, poisoning, hanging, hammering and shooting.

Author: Agatha Christie

First Published: 1939

Genre: Crime Novel

Publisher: Collins Crime Club

Approximate Sale: 100 million

The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

 It was 1950 when this famous fantasy fiction first published in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956) series of seven novels, and written by one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century- C.S. Lewis. Set in the fictitious land of Narnia, the novel introduces us to a land inhabited by mythical beings and animals that can talk, and ruled by a White Witch, who has ruled for 100 years of deep winter. Nominated as the best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 by Time magazine, the book tells the adventurous journey of four siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy who accidently visit Narnia- an enchanted world upon finding its secret entry from a wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house.

Author: C. S. Lewis

First Published: 1950

Genre: Children’s fantasy novel, Christian literature

Publisher: Geoffrey Bles

Approximate Sale: 85 million

She: A History of Adventure

SHEShe: A History of Adventure by Henry Rider Haggard is one of the most fundamental works of imaginative literature and the best-selling books of all time. Set in a lost African Kingdom, this fantasy adventure classic expresses various racial and evolutionary conceptions of British colonialism, mainly ideas of racial decline and degeneration. Placed firmly in the imperialist literature of 19th century, the novel opens with the journey of Horace Holly and his ward Leo Vincey to South Africa, ruled by a mysterious white queen, Ayesha. In the form of She, the novel received equal praise and criticism for its portrayal of female authority and feminine behavior.

Author: H. Rider Haggard

First Published: 1887

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance and Gothic

Publisher: Longmans

Approximate Sale: 83 million

The Da Vinci Code

Published in 2003, The Da Vinci Code is a highly enthralling myThe Da Vinci Codestery-detective novel written by Dan Brown that provides rich food for thought. Despite being a subject of controversy, the book became a bestseller worldwide with 80 million copies sold as of 2009. The author has masterfully concocts an intelligent, lightning-paced and intricately layered thriller that marries the gusto of an international murder mystery with a wide collection of stunning esoterica chosen from 2,000 years of Western history. It appears that the clandestine Vatican-sanctioned Catholic sect Opus Dei has now made its move.  Translated into more than 44 languages, the book has also been adapted into a movie by Sony’s Columbia Pictures.

Author: Dan Brown

First Published: 2003

Genre: Crime, Thriller & Adventure

Publisher: Doubleday (US) and Transworld & Bantam Books (UK)

Approximate Sales: 80 Million

Think and Grow Rich

Published in 1937, Think and Grow Rich is an outstanding self-help book by Think and Grow RichNapolean Hill that unearthed the success secrets of millionaires and billionaires of his time. After interviewing more than 500 millionaires, Hill imparts real-world examples that can be applied by anybody to succeed in life. A significant book for all age groups that helps in understanding how to see every fault or mistake as a learning opportunity and move ahead in life to fulfill dreams. 

Author: Napoleon Hill

First Published: 1937

Genre: Non-fiction

Publisher: The Ralston Society

Approximate Sales: 70  Million

The Catcher in the Rye

Published in 1951, J.D. Salinger’s, “The Catcher in the Rye is one of the greatest Catcher in the ryeworks of American literature. The most influential story revolves around the life of 16-year old novel’s protagonist and antihero, Holden Caufield, who has been expelled from his boarding school for flunking most of his courses. Despite being in the center of controversy for its liberal use of profane ideas and sexual content, 250,000 copies of this novel are sold each year due to its popular demand. Translated into various major languages, the novel has been considered as one of the 100 best-written English novels of the 20th century.

Author: J.D. Salinger

First Published: 1951

Genre: Fiction, First-Person Narrative

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Approximate Sales: 65 Million

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