Reading seems to be becoming trendy again, for which we are infinitely happy. All the new devices we can read on, the enticing covers of new bookstore titles and our habits from a young age are some of the reasons why reading remains a passion for many.
This ranking is for the 10 books that have been published in the most copies. I must say that we have no explanation for some of them … others are quite in place.
- The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank
27 million copies of Anne Frank’s Diary – this is the British version of the book, written on the basis of diary entries, of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who went into hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The book is now considered one of the key texts of the twentieth century.
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
30 Million Copies of Think and Get Rich is a motivational book written by American writer Napoleon Hill. When Think and Grow Rich first appeared in 1937, it immediately gained the fame of one of the greatest and most inspiring books of its time. The work of Napoleon Hill becomes a must-read for all who strive for success in life and career. It becomes a guide for millions of people who have decided to get rid of poverty in an age of depression and achieve prosperity for themselves and their families.
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
33 million copies of Gone with the Wind — a romantic drama by Margaret Mitchell, the action of which takes place in the state of Georgia in the United States during the Civil War. The book tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the daughter of an Irish immigrant. The famous novel won the Pulitzer Prize, and it was used to make the film of the same name, which won the Oscar
- Twilight by Stephanie Mayer
43 million copies of Twilight – the first book of the extremely popular series aimed at young people by American writer Stephanie Meyer. The story is about a young girl who falls in love with a vampire. The books in the series, based on which films have been made, have been translated into more than 38 languages around the world.
- The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
57 million copies of the fiction novel The Da Vinci Code, written by American writer Dan Brown, published in 2003. The novel examines some historical theories about the Holy Grail, the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ and her role in Christianity. Later a movie was made, starring Tom Hanks.
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The 65 million copies of The Alchemist were published and it became a Brazilian bestseller. More than 65 million copies of the novel were quickly sold, making the book one of the best-selling in history. The Alchemist has been translated into more than 67 languages, winning the Guinness World Record for best-selling book by a living author. Today, Paulo Coelho has become one of the most widely read and influential writers of our time.
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
103 million copies of The Lord of the Rings — a fantasy epic novel written by English writer J. R. R. Tolkien. The novel began as a sequel to his earlier children’s science fiction book The Hobbit, but became a much larger work. The book was made into a trilogy consisting of three films: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
- Harry Potter by Joan Rowling
400 million copies of Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by world-renowned English writer Joanne Kathleen Rowling. The books tell the story of the adventures of the wizard Harry Potter and his friends, who are graduates of the school of magic and sorcery Hogwarts. Like other most read books, “Harry Potter” was made into one of the highest grossing film series in history.
- Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, Mao Tse-tung
820 million copies of Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, or as it is often called “The Red Book” is a collection explaining to the Chinese people, the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party
- The Bible
The Bible was written about 16 centuries ago and is a collection of 66 books.