Books have always been a part of our lives. We have been reading different tales from the world of fiction and sometimes non-fiction ever since we were able to read and understand words. Books have always been there, in different sizes, languages, colours and patterns. Every book written since the beginning of the time tells a different tale tangled in different emotions, such as love, hate, compassion, anger, sadness, excitement, fear etc.
Different generations, different emotions -- each page of fictions and nonfictions have touched millions of heart. Even in today's era, when the majority is inclined to video games and online streaming, there are millions of people who still prefer to read. Every book is an escape from reality; every book is a new door to the world of creativity and imagination.
This blog from us is dedicated to all those book lovers. So, if you are in the market for a new read, then here’s the list of the 5 best-selling books of all time.
1. Don Quixote
Copies Sold: 500 Million
Selling an eye-watering 500 million copies worldwide, Don Quixote is the best-selling book of all time. The Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes, was first published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615; and is considered to be the most influential work of literature from the Spanish age and literary canon. It’s also labelled as “the first modern novel”, and thought by many to be the best literary work ever written. By the 20th century, the novel was thought of as one of the foundations of modern literature.
Don Quixote is the best-selling book of all time.
2. A Tale of Two Cities
Copies Sold: 200 Million
This 1859 historical novel by, Charles Dickens, was set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The book is about the eighteen year imprisonment of French Doctor, Manette, in Bastille prison, Paris; and his eventual release to live in London with his daughter, Lucie. Many people believe that this is Dickens best-known work of historical fiction and it’s since sold a staggering 200 million copies worldwide. In 2003, the book was ranked 63rd on The BBC’s, The Big Red Poll, and inspired Johnathan Nolans screenplay for The Dark Night Rises.
3. The Lord of The Rings
Copies Sold: 150 Million
At the 3rd place we have the very famous 'The Lord of the Rings' by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is an epic fantasy novel that tells the story of a quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider. The opening lines to the readers read "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them". It has converted the book into a multi-million dollar earning movie series with the same name. The Hobbit, which was at number 7 in the list, is the pre-equal of Lord of the Rings.
4. The Little Prince
Copies Sold: 142 Million
In fifth place is “The Little Prince”, written by French aristocrat and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Selling over 142 million copies worldwide, the book was first published in English and French in the United States in 1943 by Reynal and Hitchcock. It follows a boy who visits different planets in space and addresses themes of loneliness, love, friendship and loss. The book became Exupéry’s most successful work, and it’s one of the best-selling and most translated books ever published.
5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone
Copies Sold: 120 Million
At the 5th place we have the highly successful Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone by J. K. Rowling, the first book from the series of seven books. We all love Harry Potter and know of his journey, considered as one of the biggest young adult books of all time. Philosopher's stone introduces us to the beloved Harry Potter, his friends Ron and Hermione, Professor Dumbledore, the wizarding School and Lord Voldemort. The book has been translated into 80 languages and has been made into an 8 part series films which has in total earned 7.7 billion dollars, the books in themselves have sold more than 500 million copies, all together.
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