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Best-Selling Books of All-Time : Top Selling Books by Ranking

Updated: Jun 30, 2021

What is the best-selling book in the world? Books are the most important works that contribute to the development of people. Books are now sources of information of all kinds and in all fields. Reading a book is one of the actions that should be in our daily life. So what are the best-selling books all over the world?

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10. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis

One of the best-known books on our list, Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has sold 85 million copies. C.S. Published by Lewis in 1950. Lewis wrote the book for his goddaughter, Lucy Lewis. She was the daughter of his friend and teacher, Owen Barfield. One of his famous friends was J.R.R Tolkien. With his advice, he chose Pauline Baynes as the illustrator for the Narnia series.

Most of the novel is set in Narnia, which is ruled by the evil White Witch and has talking animals.

9. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again - J. R. R. Tolkien

It is the first book of the most famous fantasy series The Lord of the Rings and has sold 100 million copies. Published on September 21, 1937, it was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded best children's fiction from the New York Herald Tribune.

After this book, J.R.R. Tolkien simply wanted to write the middle-earth history of Silmalliron, but Publisher George Allen & Unwin (England) was encouraged by the book's critical and financial success and therefore wanted a sequel. We highly recommend reading the Tolkien notes because there was no Bilbo Baggins when he first started!

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8. Dream of the Red Chamber - Cao Xueqin

This classic novel is considered one of China's four great novels and has sold 100 million copies. The book was written in the mid-18th century during the Qing Dynasty. The novel has received much praise over the years and is often referred to as a masterpiece of Chinese literature and is known as one of the pinnacles of Chinese fiction. The book is believed to be semi-autobiographical, reflecting the rise and fall of the Qing dynasty.

7. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

In 7th place is Agatha Christie, the most famous and talented mystery novelist. And Then There Were None sold 100 million copies. The book was first published by the Collins Crime Club in 1939 in the United Kingdom under a different name and later published in the United States in 1940. The book is the world's best-selling mystery.

Christie's own assessment:

''I had written the book And Then There Were None because it was so difficult to do that the idea had fascinated me. Ten people had to die without it becoming ridiculous or the murderer being obvious. I wrote the book after a tremendous amount of planning, and I was pleased with what I had made of it. It was clear, straightforward, baffling, and yet had a perfectly reasonable explanation; in fact, it had to have an epilogue in order to explain it. It was well received and reviewed, but the person who was really pleased with it was me, for I knew better than any critic how difficult it had been... I don't say it is the play or book of mine that I like best, or even that I think it is my best, but I do think in some ways that it is a better piece of craftsmanship than anything else I have written."

6. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone - JK Rowling

It is the first novel in the Harry Potter series, which is among the world's best fantasy novels written by British author JK Rowling and is Rowling's first novel. It sold 120 million copies. The book, which is the beginning of the Harry Potter series, won many awards in the UK and the USA. It remained on the New York Times bestseller list from 1999 to 2000. It has been translated into 73 languages and became the first film to be made into a feature film of the same name.

5. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

It was written by the French aristocrat and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The first copy of The Little Prince was published in English and French by Reynal and Hitchcock in the United States in 1943. It has sold 142 copies so far. It is about a boy who explores different planets in the universe and deals with the themes of loneliness, love, friendship, and loss.

4. The Lord of The Rings - J.R.R Tolkien

Best fantasy novel and the founder of many fantasy novels by J.R.R Tolkien, and a sequel to his first book, The Hobbit. It has sold 150 million copies. The series is The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. And if you read these books, we recommend that you read The Silmarillion and many other books by Christopher Tolkien.

3. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

It was written by Charles Dickens in 1859. It sold 200 million copies. The book is about the French Doctor Manette being sentenced to 18 years in Bastille Prison and eventually released to live in London with his daughter Lucie. Among Charles Dickens' many books, this book is his masterpiece and bestseller.

2. Xinhua Zidian

Xinhua Dictionary has sold 400 million copies. This book is different from the other books we mentioned because it is a dictionary for the Chinese Language. In 2016, Guinness World Records confirmed that the dictionary was "the most popular dictionary" and "the best-selling book of the time". The dictionary is pocket-sized and contains 3,300 compounds and more than 13,000 logograms, including Chinese characters.