Top 10 Bestselling NOVELS of All TIME


10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: 80+ Million On this list, you will find some of the greatest
books that showcase some of the most esteemed authors to ever live. And then there’s The Da Vinci Code by Dan
Brown. This book that has its own Wikipedia page
dedicated solely to people’s criticism of it, ranging from its historical and religious
inaccuracies to its poor literary quality. Despite this, some people must have liked
it because 80 million copies have been sold since it was published in 2003, and the series
it’s a part of has inspired not one, but three disappointing movies from Tom Hanks
and Ron Howard. The book starts off with a murder in the Louvre
in Paris, and Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is called to the scene because the victim,
the curator of the museum, wrote a coded message in blood. Soon, Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu
Abraham are following clues to uncover a secret that has been protected for over 2,000 years. Since there are 80 million copies out there,
then there is probably a good chance you know that the secret is Jesus Christ had children
with Mary Magdalene. If you didn’t, well, at least now you don’t
have to read The Da Vinci Code and you can pick a better book to spend 9. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S.
Lewis: 85+ Million Irish-born Clive Staples Lewis went to Oxford
University and specialized in literature and philosophy. After school, he was given a teaching position
with Magdalen College, which is a part of Oxford. While there, he joined the literary discussion
group, the Inklings, which included another author on this list, who wrote the book in
our #6 spot. Lewis was a prolific writer, but he is best
known today for his seven-book series The Chronicles of Narnia. The most famous book and introduction to the
series, and the bestselling book of the series, is The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which
was published in 1950. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe takes
place in 1940 and tells the tale of four English siblings who are sent to the English countryside
because of the Blitz. While there, they discover a magical wardrobe
that is a gateway to another world, Narnia, which is full of talking animals and magical
creatures. When the children arrive, the world is in
perpetual winter because the White Witch has cast a spell to keep Narnia frozen. To help their friends in Narnia, the children
must work together to defeat the White Witch and break her spell. At first, the critics didn’t love The Lion,
The Witch and The Wardrobe, but readers did. It’s estimated that over 100 million copies
of it have been sold. The other books in the series were also bestsellers,
but none of them reached the levels of the first book. 8. Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin: 100+
Million One of China’s greatest novels is Dream
of the Red Chamber, or The Story of the Stone, which was written by Cao Xueqin, a writer
and painter who was homeless and drank too much. He wrote the book in chapters during the 1750s
and he exchanged the chapters with friends and family, often for food or some wine. He died in his 40s in 1763. A collection of the chapters formed into a
novel wasn’t published until 1791. However, even today, it is debated what the
true version of the story is. There have been alternate endings that have
survived and even completely different manuscripts have popped up. Today, there is an academic field solely dedicated
to studying the variations of Dream of the Red Chamber called “Redology.” Often compared to Gone With the Wind, Dream
of the Red Chamber is a sprawling saga about the decline of a wealthy family and it is
full of astute observations about life in 18th century China. It’s a massive book, the English edition
is over 2,500 pages long, and there are over 400 characters and several different story
lines. One of the most famous storylines involves
a man named Jia Baoyu, who is in love with one of his cousins, but he is forced to marry
a different cousin and this leads to a terrible tragedy. The book was a massive hit in China, especially
after a TV version was released in 1987, and it is believed that over 100 million copies
of the book have been sold. 7. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie:
100+ Million1 Arguably the most famous crime writer of all
time is Agatha Christie, who is also considered the bestselling author to ever live. In total, she wrote 66 novels and 14 short
story collections and she supposedly sold 200 billion of them; which is 28 books for
every single person on Earth. Her bestselling novel of all time is And Then
There Were None, which has a plot line that is so famous that you’ve probably seen dozens
of variations of it in movies and television shows. In the book (which had a really, really unfortunate
original title), 10 strangers are lured to an island under false pretenses. The only thing that all of them have in common
is that they were all somehow involved in the death of another person, but managed to
avoid punishment. Then at dinner, they are accused of their
crimes and told that throughout the night, they would be killed one-by-one. Sure enough, the characters start to die in
a manner that resembles the lines in the nursery rhyme “Ten Little Indians,” which is where
the novel gets its name, because the last line of the rhyme is “And then there were
none.” The killer and how they performed the murders
is then revealed in a post script. The book, which is considered to be Christie’s
masterpiece, has sold over 100 million copies to date. 6. The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien: 100+ Million While he was a professor of linguistics at
Oxford University, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was grading some papers when he suddenly wrote
a line about a creature called “a hobbit.” From that line grew the book The Hobbit, which
was published in 1937. At first, The Hobbit was considered a children’s
book. However, that view continued to evolve with
the publication of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in 1954 and 1955 and this expanded its audience. The Hobbit has never been out of print and
got a resurgence when the Peter Jackson Tolkien movies were released. In total, it’s estimated that over 100 million
copies of The Hobbit have been sold. Of course, The Lord of the Rings trilogy is
also a mega-bestseller. According to Forbes, over 150 million copies
of the trilogy, which includes single books and all three in a single collection, have
been sold. 5. Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone by
J.K. Rowling: 107+ Million The story of Joanne Rowling, better known
as J.K., is almost as Cinderella-esque as the protagonist of her blockbuster franchise,
Harry Potter. Rowling was a single mother living on welfare
in Edinburgh, Scotland, and she typed the original manuscript on a typewriter; meaning
that if she changed one paragraph, she had to change anything that followed it. When she finished the manuscript in 1995,
she looked around for a publisher, but was rejected by a dozen of them. One of the big problems with The Philosopher’s
Stone (which is called The Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States)
is that it was twice as long as the average children’s novel. The winds of fate changed for Rowling when
the chairman of a small publishing house called Bloomsbury let his 8-year-old niece, Alice,
read the first chapter of the book. After she did, she demanded that he give her
the rest of the book. Bloomsbury agreed to publish the book and
gave Rowling a $2,400 advance. They also told her to get a day job because
people didn’t make a living from writing children’s books. Today, Rowling is worth about $910 million
(she was a billionaire, but dropped off of Forbes billionaire list in 2012, because of
charitable donations and Britain’s high tax rates), and it all stemmed from that book
that couldn’t find a publisher and no one thought would be successful. That first book in the series has sold over
107 million copies as of 2010. The rest of the books in the Harry Potter
series were also smash hits and it is considered the biggest book franchise of all time. As of 2013, before the release of The Cursed
Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there were 450 million Harry Potter
books in print. 4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:
140+ Million1 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a French aristocrat,
writer, and pilot. After the Fall of France, Saint-Exupéry went
into exile and ended up in New York City, where he continued to write. In the second half of 1942, he wrote and illustrated
his magnum opus, The Little Prince. The novella was published in 1943 in North
America, even though it was originally written in French because Saint-Exupéry spoke English
poorly. It wouldn’t be published in France until
1946, an event that Saint-Exupéry wouldn’t live to see. In 1943, he joined the Free French Air Force
and in 1944, he disappeared while doing a reconnaissance mission over Germany. His ID bracelet was found 50 years later in
a fisherman’s net off the coast of Marseilles, but his body has never been found. The Little Prince looks like a children’s
book, but it actually has a lot of keen observations and insights regarding human nature and relationships. The book is about a pilot who crashes in the
Sahara desert and meets a young boy with curly blond hair. The boy tells the pilot that he’s a prince
that fell from a small planet called Asteroid 325, however on Earth we call it Asteroid
B-612. The Prince left his home after he fell in
love with a rose and he caught her in a lie, so he is traveling across the universe to
cure his loneliness. While the story and the pictures are a bit
simplistic, the complexity of the emotional impact has resonated with readers for decades. It has been translated into 250 languages
and two million copies are sold every year. Altogether, it’s estimated that 140 million
copies of The Little Prince has been sold since 1943. 3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: 150+ Million Famed Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho’s beloved
novel The Alchemist was published in 1988, and it is about Santiago, a young Spanish
boy who has a dream that urges him to go to Egypt. Before he sets out, he learns about the Personal
Legend, which is something that someone always wanted to do with their life. If someone decides to follow their own Personal
Legend, then the universe will try to help them. And the universe is a very powerful ally. If the universe will bend to help a person
on their Personal Legend, then it’s possible to do the impossible, like alchemy, which
is the process of turning lead into gold. The book and its message of following one’s
dreams has made it a favorite of many famous people. Pharrell Williams gets choked up when he talks
about the book, while Will Smith thinks of himself as a metaphorical alchemist. If you know anything about Oprah, you shouldn’t
be surprised that Oprah loves it. She suggested it to Madonna, who said that
it was life changing. Of course, non-famous people also love The
Alchemist as well, quite a few of them in fact. In under 30-years, 150 million copies of The
Alchemist have been sold. 2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: 200+
Million Charles Dickens was born into a poor family
in England in 1812. When he was just 12-years-old, his dad was
put into prison over debt and Dickens had to drop out and work in a run-down factory
labeling cans. He was able to go back to school when he was
15, but only for a short time before he was forced to drop out again to work as an office
boy to help out his family. A year later, Dickens started working as a
freelance reporter. He also became a notable cartoonist who published
under the name Boz. His work as a writer and cartoonist eventually
led to his first novel, The Pickwick Papers, which was published in 1837. 22-years later, Dickens’ published the book
that would go on to be his bestselling and arguably his greatest piece of work, A Tale
a Two Cities. The book takes place before and during the
French Revolution and is set both in England and France. It follows over a dozen characters, both peasants
and aristocrats. It’s a rich and complex book that has been
a bestseller since it was published in weekly installments from April 30 to November 29,
1859. While it is impossible to figure out the exact
number of copies that have been sold in the 150 years since it was released, most estimates
put the sales figure at around 200 million copies. 1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra:
500+ million Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s Don Quixote
does have a huge advantage over the other books on this list; mainly it’s centuries
older than all of them. Don Quixote is considered the first modern
novel and was published in 1605. It follows the adventures of Alonso Quixano,
an elderly man who lives in La Mancha, Spain. As he loses his sanity, he reads books about
chivalry and decides to become a knight. He declares himself Don Quixote de La Mancha
and sets out on his old horse, Rocinante, with his loyal assistant at his side, Sancho
Panza, to right wrongs and dish out justice. However, nothing goes right from the start
and he gets into a bunch of hilarious adventures. The book was an instant hit when it was released
and it was reprinted six times in its first year, but Cervantes didn’t profit much from
it and died poor in 1616. After his death, the popularity of the novel
continued to flourish and the book is still popular today. In 2005, which was the 400th anniversary of
the original publication, 10 publishing houses released a version of the book. One version from the Royal Spanish Academy
sold out their entire stock of 600,000 copies in two months in Spain and Latin America. To get an estimate of how many copies of Don
Quixote have been sold since 1605, the website Lovereading.co.uk, calculated how many editions
and how many translations classic novels have gone through. By their estimates, Don Quixote has been translated
into 25 languages and there have been 963 editions, which calculates to over 500 million
copies.

100 Replies to “Top 10 Bestselling NOVELS of All TIME

  1. What about Homer's Illiad(2million copies were sold in the 1980s), and surely over time the complete works of Shakespeare.

  2. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, was not the introduction the series. I'm pretty sure, The Magician's Nephew was the first of the Chronicles of Narnia, series.

  3. Do your research. The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe is NOT the first book of the Chronicles of Narnia series; it is the second. The first book is The Magician’s Nephew.

  4. No reason to give spoilers for a book just because you don't like it. You didn't give any big reveals for the other books. Just because you didn't like it…a lot of people watching this might have, especially since it wouldn't have been on this list if it hadn't been wildly popular.

  5. Don Quixote also got a boost on the sales list because it was on most US high schools reading lists for a very long time. So most students had to own a copy.

  6. "She" by H. Rider Haggard has sold over 83 million copies, putting it above The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: 80+ Million.

  7. I actually enjoy the Robert Langdon series. Inaccurate or not it gets you thinking. Also, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia. The Magicians Nephew is actually the first and features the creation of Narnia, the origin of the white witch, and the introduction of Aslan.

  8. cao xueqin can be read as tsao shuechin – pinyin is misleading for foreigners who do not know it. Noooo … harry potter at 5??

  9. The Little Prince…only a best seller because High School French 4 all over the US (the world?) teaches it. That's a lot of copies! Tale of 2 Cities – same phenomenon – 7th grade students all over the US are forced to read it. "Best Seller" doesn't necessarily mean beloved.

  10. Hmmm… I wonder if this has anything do with the World’s population being counted in the billions rather than in the millions and technology??? After all, if you sold a book every second it would take you 32 days to sell a million… but 32 YEARS to sell a billion…

    Wonder if we every reach a “trillion” that would only take 32,000 YEARS… longer than any written language.

  11. Oh, well, at least Dickens madd the list… and Cervantes… I wonder how many of the other books will be around in a hundred years???

    “The DaVinci Code!”

  12. Every era of literature since the printing press has had it's own Dan Brown, author of a terrible novel that sold incredibly well. The Georgians had a couple. No accounting for taste. But all save one of these other books are on my own shelf. I passed The Alchemist on to my doctor after all the celebrity buzz about how "life changing" it was got to be a little too much for me. What I love best about these books is that each one led me to others.

  13. The DaVinci code is appalling, but if you can find the illustrated version (I found it for 50p at a market stall) it's pretty interesting.

  14. Book sales figures are notoriously unreliable. Many older (pre-1900) books were pirated (so there is no way to know how many were bought), and many modern publishers report numbers printed and sent to bookstores as sales, not how many copies are actually purchased by readers.

  15. Don't know how many copies, but my favorite all time book is the Count of Monte Christo. I has everything you would want in a novel.

  16. Don Quijote…..An elderly man who lived in Spain……? jejejejeje the jew in you manages to come out ….jejejeje…..why not a spaniard or an elderly Spanish man?

  17. There have not been 200 BILLION Agatha Christie books sold. "28 copies for each person on earth"?! Just say that again, before even researching, and tell me you don't think that's ridiculous and untrue. It's 2 billion – somebody got carried away with their 0s and ended up multiplying the actual number by 100.

  18. Sorry that Simon didn't like The DaVinci Code. It was one of those books you actually couldn't down. My wife and I read it at the same time, switching back and forth from reading a chapter to researching the info on the Internet. A wonderful fun experience for us we remember fondly.

  19. Most of the Sherlock Holmes was mostly short stories. The Hound of the Baskervillrs was only 130.or so pages and hence. Novella.

  20. I must read some of these. The older ones can be downloaded for free from Project Gutenberg – a great place for classic novels and out of print books.

  21. China shouldn't get into any of these lists. It is a communist dictatorship where no one has any rights, certainly not the right to objectively choose what they may read. Any book that 85 million of them have been allowed to read, has been OKed by a viciously oppressive system that stifles not just dissent, but even things as simple as a child's toy because it happens to resemble their dictator.
    Noting that a certain number of them buy a book, and not noting that they are forbidden to buy many other books, is playing along with their oppression.

  22. If your into sci-fi check out Swann song by Robert Mc.Cammon.It's a long novel at 698pages but it's awesome. & it ends in a totally unexpected way that you don't see coming.

  23. Wait just a minute. The Davinci's Code turned into a trilogy? I wasn't aware of the third. That's astonishing. Why, Ron Howard, why?

  24. Book 7: And then there were none by Agatha Christie. The bollywood movie called "Gumnaam" stole the whole story of it.

  25. This guy's got a serious problem with Dan Brown and his book (perhaps books), seriously bro the book will never hit 80+mn for nothing and that's your straight answer on whether people enjoy the book or not and moreover​ the movie adaptation of the novels were quite spectacular, just because you hate it doesn't mean you gotta shun the book and ask the viewers NOT to read the book…

  26. You mean r a Salvatore never met this list he's the master of Science Fiction and Fantasy he's the master of the Forgotten Realms give me a break

  27. I refuse to believe that “The DaVinci Code” outsold “Huckleberry Finn,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Pride and Prejudice,” or “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

  28. Is this the top 10 sold novels or a rant about Dan brown, he stated very very clearly in his book that all of it was based on an old belief and not a fact, and even at the end of the book he confirmed that he was very skeptical of it and he didn't believe it was true

  29. You did say "A Tale of Two Cities" was ARGUABLY Dickens Greatest novel. Most critics say the next one he wrote was the best written ("Great Exptectations). "David Copperfield" and "Bleak House" are frequently suggested too.

  30. Simon: Hello, I'm Simon Whistler and you're watc…
    J. K. Rowling: Simon had an intense sexual relationship with The Da Vinci code.

  31. Actually, its THE BIBLE, PILGRIMS PROGRESS and then THE QURAN are the top three selling books of all time.

  32. I'm surprised with the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer didn't make the list. Having sold a total of 120 million copies worldwide

  33. Gone with the Wind? Roots? To Kill a Mockingbird? For Whom the Bell Tolls? Jurassic Park? The Color Purple? And so many others….

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