21 Best Selling Books of All Time – The Best Books to Read

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Best Selling Books of All Time

This is a list of the 21 best selling books of all time. Best selling book rankings are ordered by the number of copies sold.

We can all agree that religious books such as The Bible, Quran and countless others are believed to have more than a billion copies each in existence. The sales figures for these books are nearly impossible to calculate, therefore, we can assume these books are among the top selling books of all time and, and are at the top of this list.

How many of these books have you read? If you can choose only one, which one would you read in the next 60 days?

 

Top 21 Best Selling Books of All Time

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#1 – Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
(>500 million copies sold)

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#2 – The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
(250 million copies sold)

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#3 – The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
(150 million copies sold)

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#4 – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
(65-150 million copies sold)

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#5 – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
(140 million copies sold)

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#6 – Grimms’ Fairy Tales  by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
(>135 million copies sold)

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#7 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
(120 million copies sold)

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#8 – The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
(100 million copies sold)

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#9 – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
(100 million copies sold)

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#10 – Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
(100 million copies sold)

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#11 – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
(85 million copies sold)

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#12 – She: A History of Adventure by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
(83 million copies sold)

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#13 – The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
(>80 million copies sold)

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#14 – The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
(80 million copies sold)

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#15 – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
(77 million copies sold)

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#16 – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
(65 million copies sold)

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#17 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
(65 million copies sold)

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#18 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
(65 million copies sold)

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#19 – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
(65 million copies sold)

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#20 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
(65 million copies sold)

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#21 – The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
(65 million copies sold)

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You have just reviewed the top 21 list of best selling books all time. “Best selling books of all time” refers to the estimated number of copies sold for each book, rather than the number of books printed or currently owned. 

According to Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best selling book of all time, with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed. The Qur’an is also widely reported to be one of the most printed and distributed books worldwide.

Having sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is the best selling book series in history. The first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, has sold in excess of 120 million copies, making it one of the best selling books of all time.

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