50 Of The All-Time Best Sellers

We’ve compiled a shortlist of all-time best selling titles.

Sometimes when looking for a new book to read, it’s helpful to look at lists of prize winners or best sellers. We went with best sellers of all time for this list, and while we know not every book here is everyone’s cup of tea, there’s always a book (or two or 300) that we’ve always wanted to read but haven’t gotten around to. The books on this list have sold between 10 and 100 million copies, no small feat indeed! We didn’t include Shakespeare or the Bible, although both have an extensive selling record. The list of titles includes a variety of genres: nonfiction, children’s literature, and fiction. You loved ‘em, you hated ‘em, maybe you’ve never heard of ‘em…no matter how you feel about the book, it was read by millions of people. Here is our list, in no particular order. How many of these have you read?

1. Pretty much every Harry Potter book, J.K. Rowling

2. The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown

3. The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank

4. Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

5. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

6. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Childcare, Dr. Benjamin Spock

7. In the Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco

8. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

9. The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter

10.Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White

11. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

12. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

13. Shōgun, James Clavell

14. Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder

15. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

16. A Brief History of Time: from the Big Bang to Black Holes, Stephen Hawking

17. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

18. And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

19. Dream of the Red Chamber, Cao Xueqin

20. The Alchemist, Paulo Cohelo

21. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne

22. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

23. The Little Prince (La Petit Prince) by Antoine du Saint-Exupery

24. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey

25. Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes