1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Written in English, the book sold over 200 million copies until today. According to the Editor-in-Chief W. H. Wills, the first issue of a Tale of Two Cities has sold 120,000 copies, and even if the pressure falls shortly after, sales stabilized at around 100,000.
2. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The book became famous because of the movie, or did it? The complete number of copies sold is 150 million. The story picks up some of the characters introduced in The Hobbit, the first novel by the author published in 1937, but the work is more complex and darker.
3. The Little Prince By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The book appeared bookstores in the United States in 1942. The book is considered to be some sort of autobiography of the author, is had sold many copies (140 million). It has been included in school programs and it can be found in almost every major city bookstore.
4. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit is a fantasy novel by British writer J. R. R. Tolkien. It tells the adventures of the hobbit Bilbo, in spite of himself taken by the wizard Gandalf and a company of thirteen dwarves on their journey to the Lonely Mountain in search of the treasure guarded by the dragon Smaug.
Written intermittently from the late 1920s to early 1930s, the unfinished manuscript circulated among relatives of Tolkien and finally arrives at the London publisher Allen & Unwin, who asked Tolkien to complete the story and illustrate it. The book sold since then over 100 million copies and has become very popular and loved.
5. Dream of the Red Chamber/the Story of the Stone
The book is believed to be semi-autobiographical, showing the rise and fall of author Cao Xueqin’s own family and, by extension, of the Qing Dynasty. As the author details, it is intended to be a memorial to the women he knew in his youth: friends, relatives and servants. The novel is remarkable not only for its huge cast of characters and psychological scope, but also for its precise and detailed observation of the life and social structures typical of 18th-century Chinese aristocracy. It sold over 100 million copies world wide.
6. And Then There Were None
The book is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in the United Kingdom. It is Christie’s best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world’s best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time (Publications International lists it as 7th best-selling).The novel has been made into several films and adapted for radio.
7. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
This book is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950. It was the first published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956) and it is the best known; among all the author’s books it is the most widely held in libraries.
8. She: A History of Adventure
The story expresses numerous racial and evolutionary conceptions of the late-Victorians, especially notions of degeneration and racial decline prominent during the fin de siècle. The book sold over 83 million copies worldwide. In the figure of She, the novel notably explored themes of female authority and feminine behavior. It has received praise and criticism alike for its gendered representation of womanhood.
9. The Da Vinci Code
The book has provoked a popular interest in speculation concerning the Holy Grail legend and Magdalene’s role in the history of Christianity. The novel nonetheless became a worldwide bestseller that sold 80 million copies as of 2009 and has been translated into 44 languages. In 2006, a film adaptation was released by Sony’s Columbia Pictures.
10. Think and Grow Rich
This last book on our list is a 1937 motivational personal development and self-help book by Napoleon Hill and is listed in John C. Maxwell’s A Lifetime “Must Read” Books List. It is supposedly inspired by a suggestion from Scottish-American businessman Andrew Carnegie. Business Week Magazine’s Best-Seller List ranked the sixth best-selling paperback business book 70 years after it was published.
Think and Grow Rich had sold more than 20 million copies and by 2011 over 70 million copies had been sold worldwide. It remains the biggest seller of Napoleon Hill’s books.