All through our lives we come across a number of books, some we read, some we don’t, and some inspire us whereas some guide us. A book is a treasure house of knowledge. They are a men’s best friends. There is a huge variety of books, and it solely depends on the preference of reader, what they read. Books can be on technology, fiction, non-fiction, religious, literature, science, culture, fashion, civilization, history etc. The genres of books are endless. And that’s the reason it makes it quite difficult to analyze which is the most read and preferred book as there are religious Books like THE HOLY BIBLE, THE QURAN and THE RAMAYAN, etc. which is available to everyone and a times free of cost. So in order to decrease the confusion we have narrowed the choice by considering only top 10 all time most popular and best selling books under Fiction and Non-Fiction categories.
10 The Da Vinci Code
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Dan Brown’s crime thriller and adventure novel, The DA Vinci Code, is at the 10th position on our list of most popular books till time. It is a murder thriller story of a man whose body is found in a position similar to the Leonardo the Vinci’s drawing, the Vitruvian Man. The book hinges on the trail of clues that are hidden in the work of Leonardo Da Vinci. The novel has received international acclaim and has also been criticized due to its historic content, so far 80 million copies of the book have been sold. In 2006, movie was released based on the novel starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou directed by Ron Howard.
9 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was published in the year 1950. It was first among C.S. Lewis’s series of seven novels of The Chronicles of Narnia. The novel based on a fantasy land called Narnia, which has talking Animals and mythical creatures. The land is ruled by a white witch for 100 years, till the four English siblings find the way to Narnia through a wardrobe and ends the witch’s reign with the help of Aslan, the lion, the rightful king of Narnia. This novel was also released as a movie and has sold 85 million copies till date.
8 She: A History of Adventure
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Serialized in The Graphic Magazine from 1886-1887, She, subtitled A History of Adventure, was a novel by Henry Rider Haggard. It has sold 83 million copies since then, in 44 different languages. It falls under the genres of Fantasy and science fiction. It depicts the journey of a father Horace Holly and his ward Leo vincey, to a lost African kingdom, where they encounter a native race with its mysterious white Queen Ayesha, who reigns the kingdom as Supreme SHE or SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED. Since the time this novel was published, it has never been out of print and has sold 83 million copies.
7 The Hobbit
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The Hobbit is Children’s Fantasy Novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien, which portrays the peaceful life of Bilbo Baggins who lives in a hole. He is a Hobbit, a race of small people, who are about half the size of humans with furry toes. The peace of his life turns into adventurous ride, when he is persuaded by a wizard Gandalf, to join him in an adventure quest to reclaim the treasure, along with thirteen dwarves. The book has sold 80 million prints till date.
6 Dream of the Red Chamber
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First published in 1791, Dream of the Red Chamber is the oldest novel in our list of bestselling novels. Since then it has sold around 100 million copies. Written by Cao Xueqin, Its first publication was not in English but in Chinese. It has been recognized as the most classic work of Chinese literature. This novels depicts the story of rise and decay of a Chinese family during the Qing Dynasty.
5 And Then There Were None
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Written by Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None, is the masterpiece among all her works and one of the most difficult of her books to have written. It is a story about 10 people who were enticed to visit to an Indian Island and then murdered for their past acts of crime. Their murder is based on the deaths of an old Indian nursery rhyme. Until now this book has been Christie’s best-selling novel with 100 million copies sold. The book was formerly known as “Ten Little Niggers”.
4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
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Written by J.K. Rowling the first novel of Harry Potter series, The Philosopher’s Stone sold 107 million copies to date. This debut novel of Rowling is a children fantasy and revolves around a young wizard, Harry Potter as he discovers his magical heritage, and moves to Hogwarts School of witchcraft and Wizardry. There he makes a couple of close friend and learnt about a dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, who killed his parent when he was one, but failed to kill him and faces his comeback. This book was later, renamed as “Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone“. Movie has also been released by Warner Bros, in the year 2001.
3 The Little Princes
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With an influence of World War II, this novel, The Little Prince was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and published in 1943. It is a story about a Little Prince who lived in Asteroid and had fallen to earth. He being lied by the rose he loves, feels betrayed and leaves Asteroid and comes to earth. Few stories of the novel has been taken from the author’s personal life and experiences. The sales number of the book is uncertain as some sources list it selling astonishing 200 million while some as 80 million.
2 The Lord of the Rings
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J.R.R. is the only author to get his name twice on the list. With over 150 million copies sold, the book was originally started as a sequel to his previous work THE HOBBIT but later developed into much larger work. The novel was published in three volumes from 1954 to 1955 titles as The Fellowship of The Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of The King. The story goes around a Dark Lord Sauron, who created one ring, which could rule the other Rings of power. It is a fantasy story of gaining the power and losing it.
1 A Tale of Two Cities
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Published in 1859, A Tale of Two Cities holds the first place in our list of best selling books. Written by Charles Dickens, the novel has so far sold approximately 200 million copies. It is a story of a French Peasantry who was demoralized by the French Aristocracy during the years of the French Revolution. The Novel was first published in Dickens periodical All The Year Round in 31 weekly installments.