50 Best Selling Books of all Time


Want to know about the world’s 50 best-selling books of all time?

Well, here we have compiled such 50 best-selling books based on fiction, true story, horror, motivation, and self-help who climbed on the peak of the literary and artistic world.

Religious books like Bible and Quran are also the highest-grossing books of all time universally.

But, due to the lack of exact estimation and resources of the copies sold internationally, we have not included them in the given lists.

Anyways, let’s check them out and learn why are these books are rated as the best-sellers of all time.

Quick Overview

Books Author  Published  Copies Sold 
1. Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes  1605  500 million 
2. A Tale of Two Cities  Charles Dickens 1859   200 million
3. The Fellowship of the Ring J.R.R Tolkien  1954  150 million 
4. Le Petit Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery  1943  140 million 
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K Rowling  1997  120 million 
6. Scouting for Boys Robert Baden-Powell   1908  100 million
7. And Then There Were None  Agatha Christie  1939  100 million
8. The Hobbit J.R.R Tolkien   1937  100 million
9. Dream of the Red Chamber Cáo Xuěqín  1791  100 million
10. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe C.S Lewis  1950  85 million 
11. She: A History of Adventure  Henry Rider Haggard  1886 83 million 
12. The Adventures of Pinocchio Carlo Collodi   1883  80 million
13. The Da Vinci Code  Dan Brown  2003  80 million
14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K Rowling  1998 77 million
15. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince   J.K Rowling  2007  65 million
16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K Rowling   2007  65 million
17. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire   J.K Rowling  2000  65 million
18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  J.K Rowling  2003  65 million
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  J.K Rowling  1999  65 million
20. The Alchemist  Paulo Coelho  1998  65 million
21. The Catcher in the Rye  J.D Salinger  1951  65 million
22. The Very Hungry Caterpillar  Eric Carle  1969   55 million
23. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care Dr. Benjamin   1946  50 million
24. Anne of Greene Gables  L.M Montgomery 1908  50 million 
25. Black Beauty
 Anna Sewell  1877  50 million
26. The Name of the Rose  Umberto Eco  1327  50 million
27. Charlotte’s Web E.B. White   1952  50 million
28. You Can Heal Your Life  Louise L. Hay  1984 50 million 
29. Lolita  Vladimir Nabokov 1995  50 million 
30. In His Steps Charles M. Sheldon  1896  50 million 
31. The Hite Report Shere Hite  1976  50 million 
32. The Eagle Has Landed Jack Higgins  1975  50 million 
33. Heidi  Johanna Spyri  1880  50 million
34. The Mark of Zorro Johnson McCulley  1919  50 million 
35. The Watership Down Richard Adams  1972  50 million 
36. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez  1967   47 million
37. The Tale of Peter Rabbit  Beatrix Potter  1902 45 million 
38. The Ginger Man  J.P. Ponleavy  1955  45 million
39. Jonathan Livingston Seagull  Richard Bach  1960  40 million
40. A Message to Garcia  Elbert Hubbard  1899  40 million
41. Cosmos  Carl Sagan  1980  40 million
42. To Kill a Mocking Bird  Harper Lee  1960  40 million
43. Flowers in the Attic  V.C. Andrews  1979  40 million
44. Angels and Demons  Dan Brown  2000  39 million
45. How the Steel was Tempered  Nikolai Ostrovsky  1932  36 million
46. Your Erroneous Zones  Wayne W. Dyer  1976  35 million
47. The Diary of a Young Girl  Anne Frank  1947  35 million
48. Kane and Abel  Jeffrey Archer  1979  33 million
49. The Kite Runner  Khalid Hosseini  2003  31.5 million
50. Sophie’s World  Jostein Gaarder  1991  30 million

Best Selling Books

 The list has been compiled through various reliable sites on the web, including BusinessInsider and Amazon.

1. “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes

Copies Sold: 500 million

At the top of the 50 best-selling books of all time is Miguel de Cervante’s novel, Don Quixote.

Don Quixote (Source: Amazon)

Regarded as the first and greatest modern novel, Don Quixote revolves around the lead character, Don Quixote, who envisions becoming a knight-errant by reading the enchanting tales of nobles.

And, he goes on an adventure with his devoted companion, Sancho Panza, by playing the fictional role as he wonders.

Also, the book’s playfulness and boundless imagery make it the most translated and cherished novel for almost four hundred years. Thus, it has sold over 500 million copies globally.

2. “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens

Copies Sold: 200 million

Charles Dicken’s most renowned historical book “A Tale of Two Cities” is the second-best-selling book of all time.

A Tale of Two Cities (Source: Wikipedia)

This novel comprises several enduring themes such as imprisonment, injustice, social anarchy, and rebirth.

Moreover, the whole plot revolves around the turmoil during the French revolution.

3. “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R Tolkien

Copies Sold: 150 million

J.R.R Tolkien’s popular fictional book “The Fellowship of the Ring” is the third-best-selling book of all time.

The Fellowship of the Ring (Source: Wikipedia)

Besides, the book is the first installment of the epic fantasy series Lord of the Rings.

Frodo Baggins from the village in the Shire must travel across middle earth. Further, he must destroy the ring that the evil dark lord is trying to find. Braggins must save the world from the dark lord.

4. “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Copies Sold: 140 million

Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “ Le Petit Prince” (The Little Prince) is the world’s fourth-best selling book of all time.

Le Petit Prince (Source: Amazon)

The French classic novel revolves around a young prince who travels around various planets in space, including earth. During the journey, he encounters loneliness, love, friendship, and loss.

Moreover, the book is translated into 301 languages and has sold around 140 million copies internationally.

Despite being a children’s book, the novel teaches every age of individuals to enjoy the thoughtful yet straightforward story of life’s greatest lessons.

5. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling

Copies Sold: 120 million

JK Rowling’s mega-famous fictional novel “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is the world’s fifth-best selling book of all time, with 120 million copies sold internationally.

Besides, the book is the first sequel to the Harry Potter series.

Mainly, the story revolves around an orphan boy named Harry Potter.

Harry lives with an evil uncle and aunt. On his eleventh birthday, Harry receives an acceptance letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Then, his magical adventure at the Hogwarts School begins, where he makes new friends and enemies too.

Also, Harry faces the aimed return of the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, who killed his parents when he was just 15 months old but failed to kill Harry then.

6. “Scouting for Boys” by Robert Baden-Powell

Copies Sold: 100 million

Robert Baden- Powell’s “Scouting for Boys,” is the world’s sixth best-selling book of all time.

Scouting for Boys (Source: Goodreads)

Powell was a Lieutenant of the British army and the founder of Boys Scouts.

Moreover, this literature is Britain’s epic book of all time and the influential guidance for the boys scouting all over the world.

Through this manual, Powell narrates his nostalgic adventures and elaborates why boys scouts emerged.

Further, the book guides basic outdoor survival skills, leadership skills, and morality principles.

7. “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie

Copies Sold: 100 million

Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” is the world’s seventh best-selling book of all time.

The greatest classic mystery novel revolves around ten strangers who are invited into a mysterious dinner in a millionaire’s mansion.  Later, they get killed one by one.

During the ongoing mysterious incident, they find out a ghostly nursery rhyme hanging on the walls of every room of the mansion.

And Then There Were None (Source: Wikipedia)

Moreover, the nursery rhyme shows the death of those people.

Then, the main puzzle is to find out who is plotting the whole murder.

8. “The Hobbit” by J.R.R Tolkien

Copies Sold: 100 million

J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is the eighth best-selling book of all time.

The Hobbit Book Cover (Source: Grade Saver)

Besides, this children’s treasured classic fantasy novel is a prelude to “The Fellowship of the Rings.”

The story revolves around a hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who enjoys his simple and peaceful life.

But the day he meets the wizard Gandalf, he must head on to the sinister territory surrounding the ring’s origin.

Moreover, written for Tolkien’s children, this novel is a wonderful gift for every fable lover out there.

9. “Dream of the Red Chamber” by Cáo Xuěqín

Copies Sold: 100 million

Cáo Xuěqín’s “Dream of the Red Chamber” is the world’s ninth best-selling book of all time.

Dream o Red Chamber Book Cover (Source: Grade Saver)

Renowned as the greatest historical literary of all time, Dream of the Red Chamber portrays the author’s life experiences, including the other 400 characters in the story.

Similarly, the novel also outlines the cultural and social themes of the 18th century.

Dream of the Red Chamber is honored as one of the Four Great Classical Novels of China and is treasured by every Chinese reader as a masterpiece.

10. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis

Copies Sold: 85 million

C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is the tenth best-selling book of all time.

The Lion Witch and Wardrobe (Source: Amazon)

The story revolves around the rescue adventure beyond the wardrobe door by the children Lucy, Edmund, Peter, and Susan to the eternally frozen land, Narnia.

Similarly, the evil white witch magically cursed Narina a very long time ago.

In addition, Narnia’s lion, Aslan, helps the children throughout their quest.

11. “She: A History of Adventure” by Henry Rider Haggard

Copies Sold: 83 million

Henry Rider Haggard’s mythical novel “She: A History of Adventure” comprises both fantasy and adventure, making it among the 50 best-selling books of all time.

The story revolves around Leo Vincey and his wife traveling to Eastern Africa for finding some answers.

On Vincey’s 25th birthday, he receives an unusual package sent by his father. Vincey opens the package and discovers a fragment of pottery and a series of documents hinting at his family secrets.

Then, in eastern Africa, the couple finds out about a lost kingdom with primitive natives.

There, the white queen Ayesha rules the land. Later, Leo realizes the queen is somehow connected to his family.

12. “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi

Copies Sold: 80 million

The world’s widely celebrated classic tale, “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” is one of the 50 best-selling books of all time.

Especially, the story portrays the adventurous journey of a mischievous wooden puppet, Pinocchio.

Pinocchio is a naughty puppet who disobeys his father, forgets his promises, and forgets about his duties. As he just wants to have fun.

But, Pinocchio wants to be a real boy. In that case, the fairy suggests Pinocchio must be a good boy for a year.

Though he gets caught up in some of his troublesome antics, Pinocchio tries to be good as the fairy says.

13. “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown

Copies Sold: 80 million

The Da Vinci Code is one of the world’s 50 best-selling books of all time.

The Da Vinci Code (Source: Amazon)

Especially, the author Dan Brown portrays the plot of the novel with too many thrills and suspense.

The Louvre’s museum guardian is murdered with the presence of mysterious symbols all over his body. After that, a genius symbolist, Robert Langdon, is asked to find the pieces to the puzzle.

14. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by J.K. Rowling

Copies Sold: 77 million

J.K. Rowling’s second book from the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” is one of the world’s 50 best-selling books of all time.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Source: Goodreads)

Harry is preparing for his second year at Hogwarts School. But, he receives a strange warning that great danger awaits him if he goes to school.

Despite that, Harry goes to Hogwarts to get rid of his evil uncle and aunt.

There in Hogwarts, Harry only hears unusual voices in the walls and later finds out some of the students have turned into stone.

By this incident, Harry tries to find out the real culprit while evading himself from the suspicion.

15. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling

Copies Sold: 65 million

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is the sixth prelude from J.K Rowling’s popular Harry Potter series and among the 50 best-selling books of all time.

J.K Rowling Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Source: Goodreads)

Harry Potter is in his sixth year at Hogwarts. A huge battle between the witches and the wizards in Hogwarts occurs.

Similarly, there is a rise of the greatest villain, a dark wizard, Voldemort. Thus, Harry spends most of his time with the headmaster learning about the total history of the boy who became Voldemort with the hope that the way for defeating the dark wizard may come from the past stories.

16. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling

Copies Sold: 65 million

Holding 16th spot is Harry Potter’s final and most thrilling sequel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Source: Amazon)

Harry Potter goes on a quest with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, to kill the dark wizard, Voldemort, one for all.

They head in search of the answers to win over Voldemort, and Professor Dumbledore helps them with some clues.

Later, the battle begins with good and evil in Hogwarts.

At last, the book concludes the importance of bravery, wisdom, love, and loyalty to win over death.

17. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling

Copies Sold: 65 million

The fourth sequel of Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is one of the world’s 50 best-selling books of all time.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Source: Goodreads)

Harry is in his fourth year in wizardry at Hogwarts. Now, there is an appearance of competition between Hogwarts and its two rival schools.

Even though Harry does not want to participate in the tournament, the school calls out his name as the participator due to a mysterious name entry of Potter.

Moreover, Potter must win the puzzling maze, dangerous dragons, and earn golden eggs.

18. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling

Copies Sold: 65 million

Coming on the eighteenth spot is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (Source: Goodreads)

Harry is in his fifth year at Hogwarts. Voldemort is growing stronger more than he was before. So, it seems neither the wizards of Hogwarts nor Harry can defeat him.

Also, Harry must juggle defense against the dark arts teacher with the ongoing pressure of the fifth-year exams.

Later, Dumbledore reveals the shocking prophecy that either Harry must kill Voldemort or get murdered by him.

19. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K Rowling

Copies Sold: 65 million

Holding the nineteenth spot is another book from the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Source: Goodreads)

Harry is in his third year at Hogwarts. Right then, a deranged killer, Sirius Black, escapes from the Azkaban prison.

The professors of Hogwarts are in terror that the students are in danger and especially Harry, whom Sirius is coming after.

20. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

Copies Sold: 65 million

Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is one of the 50 best-selling books of all time.

The Alchemist (Source: Amazon)

Besides, the Portuguese author wrote this adventurous novel just within just two weeks.

Though it did not gain popularity shortly after the publication, later it saved New York’s best-seller title for over 315 weeks.

Alchemist mainly revolves around a Spanish boy named Santiago who goes on a persistent quest to find the hidden treasure buried somewhere in the pyramids of Egypt.

21. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D Salinger

Copies Sold: 65 million

The Catcher in the Rye is among the 50 best-selling books of all time.

The Catcher In Rye (Source: Amazon)

J.D Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” foretells the painful narrative of a 16-year old boy, Holden Caufield, who has been expelled from his school.

Similarly, the intimate classic story portrays Holden’s coming of age story.

Moreover, Holden is innocent as well as has matured awareness beyond his age, including teenage angst and rebellion.

22. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle

Copies Sold: 55 million

Coming on 22nd spot is Eric Carle’s most treasured classic children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Source: Children’s Book Fandom)

The beautiful book portrays the metamorphosis of butterflies.

On one Sunday morning, the caterpillar hatched out of an egg. Then, due to hunger, he ate an apple and three plums on Monday and Tuesday. Later, he made a cocoon and slept after he was full.

After a few weeks, it woke up and transformed into a beautiful butterfly.

Translated to over 30 languages, the book has sold $55 million copies globally.

23. “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care” by Dr. Benjamin Spock

Copies Sold: 50 million

This notable book of Dr. Benjamin Spock is a blissful gift to the new and curious parents.

Similarly, the book provides detailed information related to baby and child care processes.

Further, the book introspects the care of the growing child in terms of nutrition, diseases, psychological aspects that affect the child, family environment, etc.

24. “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M Montgomery

Copies Sold: 50 million

The vulnerable classic story revolves around an 11-year-old orphan girl, Anne, who gets mistakenly sent to Cuthbert’s for adoption.

Cuthbert is an ancient farm located on Prince Edward Island called Green Gables.

Anne of Greene Gables (Source: Amazon)

While the Cuthbert’s were looking for a boy to help them with chores, they decide on returning Anne. But, Anne, who wants to follow her imagination and find a home manages to win their heart.

25. “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell

Copies Sold: 50 million

Anna Sewell’s classic book, Black Beauty, is the most adorable and touching book for young readers globally.

The story revolves around a horse named Black Beauty who lives with love and care from his owners and is surrounded by his friends.

But with changing times, Black Beauty witnesses love and cruelty, wealth and poverty, friendships and hardships, and learns that all humans are not kind and friendly.

26. “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco

Copies Sold: 50 million

The murder mystery book revolves around a monk named William who comes to Italy to investigate the hearsay dispute in the wealthy abbey, Benedictines.

The Name of Rose (Source: Amazon)

But, a twist occurs; William finds seven dead bodies in the abbey and uses the tactics of theology and philosophy to decode the symbol behind the murder.

27. “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White

Copies Sold: 50 million

E.B. White’s classic book “Charlotte’s Web” is an emotional book celebrated by children and readers of every generation globally.

Nonetheless, it is one of the 50 best-selling books of all time.

The story revolves around a pig, spider, and girl. The pig, Wilbur, is a friend of a spider, Charlotte.

Charlotte’s Web (Source: Amazon)

One day, a young girl, Fern, saves Wilbur. From then, Wilbur adores Fern and tells it to Charlotte.

Then, Charlotte weaves words trying to say to humans that Wilbur is a special pig and must not be killed.

Moreover, the book depicts the value of friendship and living with every creature harmoniously in this world.

28. “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise L. Hay

Copies Sold: 50 million

Holding 28th spot is You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay.

You Can Heal Your Life (Source: Wikipedia)

Moreover, the book depicts the importance of psychological and spiritual perspectives to achieve a peaceful life.

29. “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov

Copies Sold: 50 million

Vladimir Nabokov’s book “Lolita” is a novel based on pedophilia.

Best Selling Books of all Time Lolita
Lolita (Source: Amazon)

Moreover, this novel revolves around a 37 years old man who marries Lolita’s mother. But, the man fantasizes about having a romantic relationship with Lolita, who is 12 years old.

Due to the sensitive themes based on child sexual abuse, the novel was rejected by numerous American publishers.

But, with the curiosity of international readers, Lolita sold 50 million copies, making it one of the 50 best-selling books of all time.

30. “In  His Steps” by Charles M. Sheldon

Copies Sold: 50 million

Mainly, the story revolves around four modern townsmen who are challenged to spend their life according to Jesus Christ’s moral teachings for a year.

Moreover, the narration depicts one must live with morality, empathy, humanity, and faith in their life.

31. “The Hite Report” by Shere Hite

Copies Sold: 50 million

Shere Hite’s research book, The Hite Report, is one of the 50 best-selling books of all time.

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The Hite Report (Source: Amazon)

The book is based on the topic of female sexuality interviewed with 100,000 women of ages 14-78.

Moreover, the book foretells their sexual experiences and perceived myths of pleasure.

32. “The Eagle Has Landed” by Jack Higgins

Copies Sold: 50 million

A British writer, Jack Higgin’s novel “The Eagle Has Landed” is among the 50 best-selling books of all time.

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The Eagle Has Landed (Source: Goodreads)

A thrilling story revolving around the original World War II, Hitler orders the German troops to kidnap Winston Churchill to free his allies.

Later, a shocking incident appears. Oberst Radl finds out a German spy, Joanna Grey, who knows the details and travel plans of  Churchill within the weekend.

33. “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri

Copies Sold: 50 million

Johanna Spyri’s classic emotional novel “Heidi” is among the 50 best-selling books of all time, with sales of 50 million copies.

Best Selling Books of all Time Heidi-Book-Cover
Heidi Book Cover (Source: Literawiki Fandom)

The book revolves around an orphan girl named Heidi who lives joyfully with her grandfather in the Alps mountain.

But, three years later, a wealthy family takes Heidi away from her village to help them with chores and their daughter Clara who cannot walk.

Though Heidi and Clara become good friends, Heidi is restricted from several things by the mischievous housekeeper.

Then, Heidi becomes homesick and misses her grandfather and friend Peter.

34. “The Mark of Zorro” by Johnson McCulley

Copies Sold: 50 million

Holding the 34th spot on the list is Johnson McCulley’s book The Mark of Zorro.

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The Mark of Zorro (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

This fictional book is a legendary heroic story. It revolves around a masked swordsman Zorro who fights for protecting peace in Old California.

35. “The Watership Down” by Richard Adams

Copies Sold: 50 million

The beloved fictional book revolves around 18 rabbits who are searching for a new home.

Best Selling Books of all Time Tales-From-Watership-Down
Tales-From-Watership-Down (Source: Wikipedia)

But, a great danger is waiting for them throughout the journey.

36. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez

Copies Sold: 47 million

Gabriel García Márquez’s fascinating novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude”  is one of the 50 best-selling books of all time.

Based on the finest magic realism, the story revolves around an imaginary Colombian town, Macondo. There, rulers of the Buendia family suffer from ups and downs in warfare.

37. “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter

Copies Sold: 45 million

With 40 million-copy sales, The Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of the 50 best-selling books of all time.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Source: Wikipedia)

Beatrix Potter’s first classic children’s book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” revolves around the naughty rabbit, Peter, who lives with his mother and three siblings, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, under the roots of a tree.

Her mother allows them to play anywhere in the garden except Mr. McGregor’s garden, where Peter’s father encountered an accident. Despite the warning, Peter goes into the risky adventure to the forbidden garden.

The book has been translated into almost 36 different languages.

38. “The Ginger Man” by J.P. Donleavy

Copies Sold: 45 million

Though initially banned in America and Ireland for its obscenity, J.P. Donleavy’s “The Ginger Man” became one of the best-selling books.

The story revolves around a young American man enrolling in Dublin’s Trinity University who is celebrated as a drunkard with poetic nature and playful charm.

39. “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach

Copies Sold: 40 million

Richard Bach’s deeply moving and motivating book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” is one of the 50 best-selling books of all time.

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Johnathan Livingston Seagull (Source: Wikipedia)

The book revolves around a seagull named Jonathan.

Moreover, Jonathan only wants to fly and go on an adventure than searching for the leftover foods like his friends.

40. “A Message to Garcia” by Elbert Hubbard

Copies Sold: 40 million

Based on a true story, Elbert Hubbard’s prolific essay “A Message to Garcia” is one of the 50 best-selling books of all time.

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A Message to Garcia (Source: Amazon)

Similarly, the book revolves around the cause for the victory of the US during Spanish American war.

The chief, Major Andrew S. Rowan, despite the life-threatening dangers and challenges, travels across the Island of Cuba.

Later, Rowan infiltrates secret information throughout his meeting with the rebel force leader General Calixto Garcia.

41. “Cosmos” by Carl Sagan

Copies Sold: 40 million

The book revolves around various themes based on anthropology, philosophy, cosmology, and astronomy.

In addition, the book foretells how the civilization in the world began and science and technology evolved, glancing back to the starting phase of evolution.

42. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

Copies Sold: 40 million

Harper Lee’s treasured novel revolves around the prehistoric mid-1930’s small town, Alabama. Besides, most of the citizens in Alabama are racists.

In the story, a lawyer named Atticus shows empathy to an innocent black man Tom Robinson who is wrongly accused of raping a white woman and decides to defend him despite fewer chances.

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To Kill A Mocking Bird (Source: Amazon)

Atticus’s small daughter, Scout, and son Jem learn about the reality of the world through their eyes and some valuable life lessons throughout the trial.

43. “Flowers in the Attic” by V.C. Andrews

Copies Sold: 40 million

Another classic novel, Flowers in the Attic, is one of the 50 best-selling books of all time.

Best Selling Books of all Time Flowers-in-the-Attic
Flowers in the Attic (Source: Amazon)

Moreover, this novel revolves around the Dollanganger kids who live with their grandmother after the sudden demise of their father.

Due to the cruelty shown by their grandmother, the children’s mother advises them to stay hidden in the attic of their grandmother’s wealthy house.

44. “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown

Copies Sold: 39 million

The story revolves around the investigation done by the symbologist Robert Langdon.

Langdon finds out the mysterious symbol on the chest of a murdered physicist.

Best Selling Books of all Time Angels-and-Demons
Angels and Demons (Source: Amazon)

In addition, he predicts the revival of a powerful organization called the Illuminati. Moreover, the evil group is on the move to destroy the Catholic Church.

Thus, Langdon must unravel the mystery as fast as he can.

45. “How the Steel was Tempered” by Nikolai Ostrovsky

Copies Sold: 36 million

Holding 45th spot is a book by Nikolai Ostrovsky entitled How the Steel was Tempered.

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How the Steel was Tempered (Source: Goodreads)

The story revolves around the life of a soldier Pavel Korchagin, who fought in the Russian Civil war, portraying his hardships to recover from the injuries in and after the battle.

46. “Your Erroneous Zones” by Wayne W. Dyer

Copies Sold: 35 million

Especially, this book guides on how to take charge of oneself by not depending on others.

In addition, it also presents the readers with the resources to get out of negative thinking and enjoy life wholly.

47. “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank

Copies Sold: 35 million

Anne Franks’s autobiographical book “The Diary of a Young Girl” is one of the 50 best-selling books of all time.

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The Diary Of A Young Girl (Source: Amazon)

Moreover, this book foretells about a 13-year-old Jewish girl Anne’s experiences while she and her family were hiding in Amsterdam during World War II to protect themselves from the Nazis.

48. “Kane and Abel” by Jeffrey Archer

Copies Sold: 33 million

The book foretells the story of two boys who are born on the same day but in a completely different world. In addition, they are destined to meet together.

Kane is a wealthy and powerful boy from Boston. Whereas Abel spends his life in poverty in Poland and later moves to the US.

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Kane and Abel (Source: Goodreads)

Further, the novel portrays the life story of two completely different characters who are very ambitious to succeed in their life no matter what.

49. “The Kite Runner” by Khalid Hosseini

Copies Sold: 31.5 million

Khalid Hosseini’s most heart-wrenching novel, “The Kite Runner,” is one of the best-selling books of all time.

Best Selling Books of all Time The-Kite-Runner
The Kite Runner (Source: Amazon)

Mainly, the novel foretells the story of two Afghan young boys, Amir and Hassan, during the prehistoric time when the Taliban dominated Afghanistan.

Amir is a wealthy boy who is friends with his Baba servant’s son, Hassan.

Similarly, they often spend time flying kites until the warfare causes great tragedy in their lives.

50. “Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder

Copies Sold: 30 million

The book revolves around a 14-year-old Norwegian girl who, out of the blue, receives two notes on her mailbox.

The mail reads “Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?”

As a philosophy student, Sophie obsesses over the questions and tries to understand the world through a profound philosophical view.

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