The 20 Best-Selling Books of All Time

What are the 20 Best Selling Books Of All Time?

For a book or novel to be a “Bestseller,” it has to deal with a large budget and different literary people, reviewers, retailers, publishers, editors, and marketing efforts to increase selling copies.

Similarly, the main reason behind the fluctuation in the bestseller list in a period depends on the sales rate.

However, in this article, we have listed the twenty best-selling books still in high demand and selling off strong.

So, if you are wondering for a new read, then here is a list of the 20 best-selling books of all time.

Just go through and enjoy your new pick!

The books included in the list comes from the various genre (fictional, non-fictional, mystery, classic, ancients, academic) based on the total number of copies sold in globe widely.

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Name Of The Book Author Copies Sold Genre
1. Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes 500 million Novel
2. Xinhua Zidian First Publisher: Commercial Press 400 million Non-fiction
3. A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 200 million Historical Fiction
4. The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R Tolkien

150 million Fantasy
5. The Little prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

140 million Novel
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling 120 million Fantasy
7. And Then There Were None Agatha Christie 100 million Mystery
8. Dream of the Red Chamber

Cao Xueqin

100 million Family- saga
9. The Hobbit J.R.R Tolkien 100 million Fantasy
10. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis

95 million Fantasy
11.  She: A History of Adventure

H. Rider Haggard

83 million Adventure
12. The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown 8o million Mystery thriller
13. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. Rowling 77 million Fantasy
14. Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill 70 million Non-fiction
15. The Alchemist Paulo Coelho 65 million Fantasy
16.  The Catcher of the Rye

J.D. Salinger

65 million Novel, Coming-of-age story
17. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling 65 million Fantasy
18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J.K. Rowling 65 million Fantasy
19. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling 65 million Fantasy
20. Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Azkaban J.K. Rowling 65 million Fantasy

Best-Selling Books of All Time

20. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

by J.K. Rowling

Copies sold: 65 million

Released year: 1999

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Source: Wikipedia)

This is the third book in the Harry Potter series, which describes Harry and his friend’s adventures involving fictional events with werewolves and time travel at Hogwarts.

But, there is a bit to learn about Harry’s parents, James and Lily, who died protecting him.

Moreover, this fictional book attracts the concept of morality, value of time, friendship and comes inside the pinnacle twenty of the best seller of all time.

19. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by J.K. Rowling

Copies sold: 65 million

Released year: 2003

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Source: Wikipedia)

Likewise, the fifth book from the Harry Potter series is the nineteen bestsellers of all time, introducing a secret society dedicated to resisting Voldemort’s increasing power.

Moreover, the book is based on the theme that values education as empowerment, the importance of unity, the relationship between knowledge and time.

18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by J.K. Rowling

Copies sold: 65 million

Released year: 2000

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Source: Wikipedia)

Similarly, in the number eighteen bestsellers is the book from the series of Harry Potter which was published in two countries simultaneously, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Further, the author provides an adolescent time of the characters, their friendship, network connectedness, and the trouble of enslavement.

17. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by J.K Rowling

Copies sold: 65 million

Released year: 2005

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book release
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book release (Source: Wikipedia)

It is the sixth book in the series of Harry Potter to clarify Harry’s preparations for a final battle against Lord Voldemort.

Meanwhile, this book has various plots to describe the essence of friendship, trust, the power of self-sacrifice, and overcoming one’s past as a key theme.

16. The Catcher in the Rye

by J.D. Salinger

Copies sold: 65 million

Released year: 1951

The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye (Source: Wikipedia)

The Catcher in the Rye is a controversial novel popular among adolescents’ readers for its theme based on struggles against perks of growing up, searching, and connecting to people.

In other words, the book portrays the teenager’s problems like loneliness and frustration to face adulthood.

15. The Alchemist

 by Paulo Coelho

 Copies sold: 65 million

 Released year: 1986- 1993

The Alchemist
The Alchemist (Source: Wikipedia)

Meanwhile, in the fifteenth bestsellers, we have The Alchemist, the book representing a story of a young shepherd boy’s journey in quest of treasure to realize his legend.

In addition, it is an ideal book for readers with the motive to pursue those dreams that heart desires.

14. Think and Grow Rich

by Napoleon Hill

Copies sold: 70 million

Released year: 1937

Napoleon Hill Holding Book
Napoleon Hill Holding Book ( Source: Wikipedia)

In the same way, we have Think and Grow Rich, a self-motivating book by Napoleon Hill, who studied rich and successful people to create a formula for achieving personal success.

The book is about building those 13 habits to power up the mind and consequently be a better person.

13. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by J.K Rowling

Copies sold: 77 million

Released year: 1998

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets shooting moment
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets shooting moment (Source: Wikipedia)

It is the second book in the series Harry Potter praised and awarded by the critics.

To clarify, it uncovers the mysteries of the wizard school Hogwarts and a powerful villain Lord Voldemort to the readers.

Moreover, the novel points out the idea of tolerance within the community through a plot where Salazar Slytherin intends to wipe out “Mudbloods” or wizards from Hogwarts with non-magical forebears.

12. The Da Vinci Code

by Dan Brown

Copies sold: 80 million

Released year: 2003

The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code ( Source: Wikipedia)

Another mystery/ thriller book on the list which became a bestseller with approximately 80 million copies sold worldwide and translated into different languages.

Above all, this book is based on the historical secrets of the Catholic Church and Christianity religion.

11. She: A History of Adventure

by H. Rider Haggard

Copies sold: 83 million

Released year: 1887

SHE:-A History of Adventure (1st-Edition-Cover)
SHE: A History of Adventure 1st Edition Cover (Source: Wikipedia)

This romantic novel is inspired by Rider Haggard’s experiences in South Africa and British exploitation.

Besides a first-person narrative novel, it is also about two adventurers who search for a supernatural white queen, Ayesha, a ruler of a lost African city called Kor.

Therefore, it is known for exploring female authority and manners, praised and criticized for representing womanhood.

10. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

by C.S. Lewis

Copies sold: 95 million

Released year: 1950

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Source: Wikipedia)

This fantasy novel is a top ten bestseller of all time. Written by a children novelist, a magical doorway that connects the normal world to the magical world certainly makes the story more interesting.

This book explains the conflicts between good and evil that occurred in the kingdom of  Narnia.

9. The Hobbit

by J.R.R Tolkien

Copies sold: 100 million

Released year: 1937

The Hobbit
The Hobbit ( Source: Wikipedia)

In the ninth row is a top-rated book, The Hobbit, nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize for best juvenile fiction.

This novel addressed Tolkien’s richly imagined world of Middle Earth in its Third Age and served as a prologue to his next bestseller novel, The Lord of the Rings.

It tells a story of a seeker for warmth and comforts to a fighter for a good reason.

8. Dream of the Red Chamber

by Cao Xueqin

Copies sold: 100 million

Released year: 1791

Best Selling Books Of All Time Dream of the Red Chamber scenes exhibition in Beijing
Dream of the Red Chamber exhibition of scenes in Beijing (Source: Wikipedia)

Next in the eighth best sellers is Dream of the Red Chamber, with over 100 million in sales volume.

It is considered one of the four great classic novels in China having the work of Chinese literature.

The book written in the 18th century during the Qing dynasty combines realism and romance, daily life and supernatural occurrences, psychological motivation, and fate.

7. And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

Copies sold: 100 million

Released year: 1939

Best Selling Books Of All Time And there were none
And Then There Were None (Source: Open Library)

In the same way, this is the seventh bestselling book which crossed 100 million in estimated sales.

Above all, the book details a seemingly impossible set of murders on an island with seven people.

However, each murder connects to a line from an old nursery rhyme explained in Christie’s skillful epilogue.

6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

by J. K Rowling

Copies sold: 120 million

Released year: 1997

Best Selling Books Of All Time Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone (Source: Wikipedia)

This is the First Volume of a fantasy novel among J.K. Rowling’s series of blockbusters.

Whereas, it is about young wizards living in a magical modern world that portrays a theme about the attitudes towards death and, most importantly, how to face reality and philosophy of it.

5. The Little Prince

by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Copies sold: 140 million

Released year: 1943

The Little Prince is the fifth best-seller of all time.

Similarly, it is the author’s popular and most translated work so far. The book presents the theme of loneliness, love, friendship, and loss through a boy who lives in a tiny asteroid.

The book gained popularity in France; afterward, the astronomers even named an actual asteroid like the one prince lives on in the story.

4. The Lord of The Rings

by J.R.R Tolkien

Copies sold: 150 million

Released year: 1954

Best Selling Books Of All Time Lord of the rings
Lord-of-the-rings (Source: Wikipedia)

The Lord of The Rings is undoubtedly a high-intensity fantasy novel published in three parts: Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.

In short, the book explains the chronicle of great heroes who set forth to save their world from a powerful evil.

In 2003, they all were named Britain’s best novel of all time in the BBC’s The Big Read.

3. A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

Copies sold: 200 million.

Released year: 1859

Best Selling Books Of All Time A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities (Source: Wikipedia)

On the third, we have a historical fictitious book set in London and Paris before and after the French Rebellion.

Hence, the book is provided to clarify, eighteen-year imprisonment of French Doctor Manette, who stands up for his belief in the possibility of restoring life and revolution, both personally and socially.

2. Xinhua Zidian

Copies sold: 400 million.

Released year: 1953

Best Selling Books Of All Time Xinhua Zidian front cover
Xinhua Zidian front cover (Source: Wikipedia)

This book is the second bestseller of all time which is a Chinese Dictionary popular among every student in china and printed by the commercial press.

Therefore, the book comprises 3,300 compounds and over 13,000 logograms with traditional Chinese characters.

As a result, it was confirmed the “most popular dictionary” and the “best-selling book at that time” in 2016, Guinness World Records.

1. Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes

Copies sold: 500 million

Released year: 1612

Best Selling Books Of All Time Duo Quixote front cover
Duo Quixote front cover (Source: Wikipedia)

Firstly, it is a fictional book in the top bestsellers of this list.

Originally, Miguel de Cervantes wrote this book in Spanish, also known as “the first modern novel,” published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615.

However, it contains the influential work of literature with the touch of the Spanish age and literary norm.

In addition, it is the novel about a wanna-be knight, Alonso Quixano, who goes on a series of adventures to rebuild the idea of chivalry back to its previous glory.

As of May 2022, this is a list of the 20 best-selling books of all time that may appeal to millions of people until the latest time.

Above all, this list of best sellers can vary in the month or year around unless an estimated sales rate and popularity among readers is observed.

Also, don’t forget to comment below your favorite read from the list.

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