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20 Bestselling Books Of All Time

A good book either takes you on a journey that ends up changing your life or brings a positive change in your life in some way. Books don’t become bestselling books just like that. It is the masses that end up relating to the words of the author that make that book a bestselling book.

We’re listing some of the bestselling books of all time. We’re sure that you must have read at least one of them:

Fictional Bestselling Books

  • A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities is an 1859 historical novel by Charles Dickens and one of the most bestselling books. The story in the book is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel traces the private lives of a group of people caught up in the cataclysm of the French Revolution and the Terror. Dickens based this historical detail on Carlyle’s great work- The French Revolution- and also on his observations and investigations during numerous visits to Paris.

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  • The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)

The Little Prince is a novel by French aristocrat, writer, and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It was first published in English and French in the US by Reynal & Hitchcock in April 1943, and posthumously in France following the liberation of France as Saint-Exupéry’s works had been banned by the Vichy Regime. The narrator, an air pilot, tells how, having made a forced landing in the Sahara Desert, he meets the little prince. The wise enchanting stories the prince tells about the planet where he lives and three volcanoes and a haughty flower, about the other planets and their rulers, and his fight with the bad seeds, make him an entrancing, unforgettable character.

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Harry Potter series consists of a fantasy series of novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. It has been the first book series to make it to the bestselling books of all time. The series tells about the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. They all are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man. He learns to play Quidditch and does battle in deadly duels throughout the series.

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  • Lord of the Rings Book Series

The Lord of the Rings is a book series of three epic fantasy adventure written by J. R. R. Tolkien. The books have three parts subtitled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. In a sleepy village in the Shire, a young hobbit is entrusted with an immense task. He must make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ruling Ring of Power- the only thing that prevents the Dark Lor Sauron’s evil dominion.

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  • And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None is a mystery novel by English writer Agatha Christie and one of the most bestselling books. She described the book as the most difficult of her books to write. It was first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club on 6 November 1939, as Ten Little Niggers, after the minstrel song, which serves as a major plot point. Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by a mysterious host. They sit down for dinner and a record begins to play. The voice of their host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. By the end of the night, one of them will be dead.

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  • Dream of the Red Chamber

Dream of the Red Chamber also called The Story of the Stone, or Hongloumeng, composed by Cao Xueqin, is one of China’s Four Great Classical Novels. It was written some time in the middle of the 18th century during the Qing dynasty. The “Red Chamber” is an expression used to describe the sheltered area where the daughters of wealthy Chinese families lived. Believed to be based on the author’s own life and intended as a memorial to the women that he knew in his youth, Dream of the Red Chamber is a multilayered story that offers up key insights into Chinese culture.

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  • The Chronicles of Narnia Book Series

The Chronicles of Narnia series consists of a fantasy series of novels by British author C. S. Lewis. Written by Lewis, illustrated by Pauline Baynes, and originally published in London between 1950 and 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted for radio, television, the stage, and film. The book series has been so famous among children as well as adults that it is one of the bestselling books.

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  • She: A History of Adventure

She: A History of Adventure, is a novel by the English writer H. Rider Haggard, published in book form in 1887 following serialization in The Graphic magazine between October 1886 and January 1887. She was exceptionally well-received upon its release and has never been out of print. The novel features a lost African kingdom ruled by a mysterious, implacable queen; ferocious wildlife and yawning abysses; and an eerie love story that spans two thousand years.

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  • The Adventures of Pinocchio

The Adventures of Pinocchio, also simply known as Pinocchio, is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi, written in Pescia. It is about the playful adventures of a lively puppet named Pinocchio and his father, a hapless woodcarver named Geppetto.

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  • The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code is a 2003 mystery thriller novel by Dan Brown. It is Brown’s second novel to include the character Robert Langdon: the first was his 2000 novel Angels & Demons.

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Non-fictional Bestselling Books

  • You Can Heal Your Life

You Can Heal Your Life is a 1984 self-help and new thought book by Louise L. Hay. It was the second book by the author, after Heal your Body which she wrote at age 60. In this inspirational work, world-renowned teacher Louise L. Hay offers profound insight into the relationship between the mind and the body. Exploring the way that limiting thoughts and ideas control and constrict us, she offers a powerful key to understanding the roots of our physical diseases and discomforts. This practical self-help guide will change the way you think forever!

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  • The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care

The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care is a book by American paediatrician Benjamin Spock and one of the best-selling books of the twentieth century, selling 500,000 copies in the six months after its initial publication in 1946 and 50 million by the time of Spock’s death in 1998.

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  • The Hite Report

A reproduction of the classic text, unavailable now for more than a decade, with a new introduction by the author. The Hite Report, first published in 1976, was a sexual revolution in six hundred pages. To answer sensitive questions dealing with the most intimate details of the woman’s sexuality, Hite’s innovation was simple: she asked women, a lot of them, everything, and published the results.

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  • Cosmos

Cosmos is a 1980 popular science book by astronomer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Sagan. Its 13 illustrated chapters, corresponding to the 13 episodes of the Cosmos TV series, which the book was co-developed with and designed to complement, examine the mutual development of science and civilization.

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  • The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as The Diary of Anne Frank, is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.

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  • Your Erroneous Zones

Your Erroneous Zones is the first self-help book written by Wayne Dyer and issued on August 1, 1976. It is one of the top-selling books of all time, with an estimated 35 million copies sold.

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  • The Purpose Driven Life

The Purpose Driven Life is a bible study book written by Christian pastor Rick Warren and published by Zondervan in 2002. The book gives readers a 40-day personal spiritual journey and shows what Warren says are God’s five purposes for human life on Earth.

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  • Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, published on September 8, 1998, is a motivational business fable. The book explains the shift in one’s work and life, and four common reactions to those shifts by two mice and two “Little people”, during their hunt for cheese. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life, for example, a good job, a loving relationship, money or possessions, health, or spiritual peace of mind. The maze is where you look for what you want, perhaps the organization you work in, or the family or community you live in. The problem is that the cheese keeps moving.

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  • A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes is a popular-science book on cosmology by English physicist Stephen Hawking. It was first published in 1988. Hawking penned the book for readers who have no former knowledge of the universe and people who are simply intrigued by learning something new. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of the space and time, from the Big Bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and string theory.

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  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, is a business and self-help book written by Stephen Covey. This book has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators, parents, and students- in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations have benefited from this book. And, it can transform you.

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You must have read some of these bestselling books. If you haven’t, we hope that this list encourages you to start. You can buy e-books from Amazon. Happy Reading!

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