Books have always been a part of our lives. We have been reading different tales from the world of fiction and sometimes nonfiction ever since we were children. Books have always been there, in different sizes, languages, colors and patterns. Every book written since the beginning of the time tells a different tale tangled in different emotions, such as love, hate, compassion, anger, sadness, excitement, fear etc.
Different emotions, different genre — each tale of fiction and nonfiction has touched millions of heart. Even in today’s era, when the majority is inclined to video games and online streaming, there are millions of people who still prefer to read. Every book is an escape from reality; every book is a new door to the world of creativity and imagination.
To honor this creativity and adventure, we have assembled the 10 best-selling books of all time, which you may have already read. So let’s begin the adventure.
10. She: A History of Adventure
At the 10th place, we have ‘She: A History of Adventure’ by H. Rider Haggard. The book was first published in 1887 and has sold 83 million copies worldwide. The story is about a Victorian professor and his adopted son who travels to Africa for a quest of a lost civilization. On finding the lost civilization, they realize that it is ruled by an immortal woman of extraordinary beauty, power, and cruelty.
9. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
At the 9th place we have the very famous, ‘The Lion, The Witch and the wardrobe’ by C. S. Lewis. The book was first published in 1950 and has sold 85 million copies worldwide. The book is the first part of the 7 books’ series and has also been made into blockbuster film with the title ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The story is set in the time of world war 2, when four siblings Peter, Suzan, Edmund and Lucy are evacuated from a London suburb to Professor Digory Kirke’s country home, where they come across the magical wardrobe and the hidden world of Narnia.
8. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Notably seen as one of the best children’s novels, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll comes at 8th place in the list. The book was first published in 1865, and since then it has sold 100 million copies worldwide. We all know the story of Alice and how she fell into the rabbit hole, just to find herself in wonderland where she encounters characters like the grinning Cheshire Cat who can vanish into thin air, the cryptic Mad Hatter who speaks in riddles and the harrowing Queen of Hearts obsessed with the phrase “Off with their heads!”. The book has been made into several blockbuster films, animated films, and cartoon series.
7. The Hobbit
At the 7th place, we have the very famous ’The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. The story revolves around a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who enjoys a comfortable, non-ambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his life is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure which includes raids, war with the evil forces, giants and dragons. It is set in the pre-timings of ‘Lord of the Rings’ the book has been made into blockbuster film with the same name. Hobbit is the first book of the series of three books.
6. And Then There Were None
At number 6th place we have the iconic Agatha Christie novel ‘And Then There Were None’. The book was first published in 1939, and since then it has been seen as one of the best thriller novels of all time. Ten strangers, each from a different background receives an invitation from a Mr. or Mrs. U.N. Owen, or a Mrs. Constance Culming ton, to come to the island for a weekend. However, soon they realize that they are all alone standing face to face with death. And just like the 10 little solders poem, death takes them one by one. The book has been made into a blockbuster film and a famous HBO show.
5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
At the 5th place we have the highly successful Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling, the first book from the series of seven books. We all love Harry Potter and know of his journey, considered as one of the biggest young adult books of all time. Philosopher’s stone introduces us to the beloved Harry Potter, his friends Ron and Hermione, Professor Dumbledore, the wizarding School and Lord Voldemort. The book has been translated into 80 languages and has been made into an 8 part series films which has in total earned 7.7 billion dollars, the books in themselves have sold more than 500 million copies, all together.
4. The Little Prince
At the 4th place, we have the famous ’’The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Very few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. The Little prince represents the free minds of children and their constant urge to ask questions, engage the invisible, and seek the mysteries of the universe. The book has been translated into 300 languages and dialects. It sells 1-2 million copies worldwide every year. They have also made the Little Prince into a critically acclaimed Netflix film.
3. The Lord of the Rings
At the 3rd place we have the very famous ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is an epic fantasy novel that tells the story of a quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider. The opening lines to the readers read “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them”. It has converted the book into a multi-million dollar earning movie series with the same name. The Hobbit, which was at number 7 in the list, is the pre-equal of Lord of the Rings.
2. A Tale of Two Cities
At the 2nd position, we have the very famous ’A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. The novel is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It tells the story of the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution. The corresponding brutality showed by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It tangles all these events with the lives of all the major characters in the novel.
1. Don Quixote
At the 1st place, we have the famous Spanish novel ‘Don Quixote’ by Miguel de Cervantes. It was first published in 1612 and since then, the book has sold 500 million copies worldwide . The story follows Alonso Quijano, who proves that chivalry will in fact never die. Originally it was seen as a parody of the chivalric romances