What are the best-selling books of all time?

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Rare is the book that can capture the imagination of millions. Spanning genres, cultures, and historical eras, these best-selling books of all time have shaped our world and inspired new generations of writers and readers alike.
Book Author Original language First published Approximate sales Genre
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Spanish 1605 500,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens English 1859 200,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien English 1954–1955 150,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry French 1943 140,000,000 fiction (novel)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J. K. Rowling English 1997 120,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien English 1937 100,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie English 1939 100,000,000 fiction: mystery (novel)
紅樓夢/红楼梦 (Dream of the Red Chamber) Cao Xueqin Chinese 1791 100,000,000 fiction: family saga (novel)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis English 1950 85,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
She: A History of Adventure H. Rider Haggard English 1887 83,000,000 fiction: fantasy, adventure, romance and Gothic (novel)
Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino (The Adventures of Pinocchio) Carlo Collodi Italian 1881 >80,000,000 fiction (novel)
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown English 2003 80,000,000 fiction: mystery, thriller (novel)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J. K. Rowling English 1998 77,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J. K. Rowling English 1999 65,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling English 2000 65,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J. K. Rowling English 2003 65,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J. K. Rowling English 2005 65,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J. K. Rowling English 2007 65,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Portuguese 1988 65,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger English 1951 65,000,000 fiction: realistic fiction, coming-of-age fiction
Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill English 1937 60,000,000 non-fiction
The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller English 1992 60,000,000 fiction: romance (novel)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Lew Wallace English 1880 50,000,000 historical fiction, Christian literature
You Can Heal Your Life Louise Hay English 1984 50,000,000 self-help, spirituality
Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) Gabriel García Márquez Spanish 1967 50,000,000 fiction: magic realism (novel)
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov English 1955 50,000,000 fiction: general fiction (novel)
Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre (Heidi's Years of Learning and Travel) Johanna Spyri German 1880 50,000,000 children's fiction (novel)
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care Dr. Benjamin Spock English 1946 50,000,000 non-fiction
Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery English 1908 50,000,000 fiction: general fiction (novel)
Black Beauty Anna Sewell English 1877 50,000,000 children's fiction (novel)
Il Nome della Rosa (The Name of the Rose) Umberto Eco Italian 1980 50,000,000 historical novel, mystery
The Eagle Has Landed Jack Higgins English 1975 50,000,000 fiction: war, thriller (novel)
Watership Down Richard Adams English 1972 50,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
The Hite Report Shere Hite English 1976 50,000,000 self-help
Charlotte's Web E.B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams English 1952 50,000,000 children's fiction (novel)
The Ginger Man J. P. Donleavy English 1955 50,000,000 fiction (novel)
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter English 1902 45,000,000 children's fiction (novel)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Bach English 1970 44,000,000 fiction: parable (novella)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle English 1969 43,000,000 children's fiction (picture book)
A Message to Garcia Elbert Hubbard English 1899 40,000,000 self-help (essay)
Sofies verden (Sophie's World) Jostein Gaarder Norwegian 1991 40,000,000 philosophical fiction
Flowers in the Attic V. C. Andrews English 1979 40,000,000 horror fiction (novel)
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee English 1960 40,000,000 fiction: thriller (novel)
Angels & Demons Dan Brown English 2000 39,000,000 crime fiction: thriller (novel)
Kane and Abel Jeffrey Archer English 1979 37,000,000 fiction (novel)
Как закалялась сталь (Kak zakalyalas' stal'; How the Steel Was Tempered) Nikolai Ostrovsky Russian 1932 36,400,000 fiction (novel)
Война и мир (Voyna i mir; War and Peace) Leo Tolstoy Russian 1869 36,000,000 historical fiction: romance (novel)
Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl, The Diary of Anne Frank) Anne Frank Dutch 1947 35,000,000 biography, autobiography
Your Erroneous Zones Wayne Dyer English 1976 35,000,000 self-help
The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren English 2002 33,000,000 non-fiction, Christian literature
The Thorn Birds Colleen McCullough English 1977 33,000,000 historical fiction: romance (novel)
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini English 2003 31,500,000 historical fiction: drama (novel)
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann English 1966 31,000,000 fiction: romance (novel)
The Lost Symbol Dan Brown English 2009 30,000,000 crime fiction: thriller (novel)
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell English 1936 30,000,000 historical fiction (novel)
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell English 1949 30,000,000 dystopian fiction: social and political science
The Revolt of Mamie Stover William Bradford Huie English 1951 30,000,000 fiction (novel)
Män som hatar kvinnor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Stieg Larsson Swedish 2005 30,000,000 crime fiction: thriller (novel)
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald English 1925 30,000,000 fiction (novel)
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier English 1938 30,000,000 crime fiction: romance (novel)
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins English 2008 29,000,000 science fiction: thriller (novel)
Молодая гвардия (Molodaya Gvardiya; The Young Guard) Alexander Alexandrovich Fadeyev Russian 1945 26,000,000 fiction
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson English 1998 26,000,000 self-help
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame English 1908 25,000,000 children's fiction (novel)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey English 1989 25,000,000 self-help
Поднятая целина (Podnyataya Tselina; Virgin Soil Upturned) Mikhail Sholokhov Russian 1935 24,000,000 fiction (novel)
The Celestine Prophecy James Redfield English 1993 23,000,000 religious fiction: parable (novel)
The Fault in Our Stars John Green English 2012 23,000,000 fiction: romance (novel)
The Shack William P. Young English 2007 22,000,000 religious fiction: thriller (novel)
Дядя Степа (Dyadya Styopa; Uncle Styopa) Sergey Mikhalkov Russian 1936 21,000,000 poetry
The Godfather Mario Puzo English 1969 21,000,000 crime fiction: thriller (novel)
Love Story Erich Segal English 1970 21,000,000 fiction: romance (novel)
Catching Fire Suzanne Collins English 2009 21,000,000 science fiction: thriller (novel)
Mockingjay Suzanne Collins English 2010 20,000,000 science fiction: thriller (novel)
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn English 2012 20,000,000 fiction: thriller (novel)
The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins English 2015 20,000,000 psychological fiction: thriller (novel)
Im Westen nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front) Erich Maria Remarque German 1929 20,000,000 fiction (novel)
The Bermuda Triangle Charles Berlitz English 1974 20,000,000 mystery
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe English 1958 20,000,000 historical fiction (novel)
Animal Farm George Orwell English 1945 20,000,000 political fiction: satire (novel)
狼图腾 (Wolf Totem) Jiang Rong Chinese 2004 20,000,000 historical fiction (novel)
The Happy Hooker: My Own Story Xaviera Hollander English 1971 20,000,000 memoir
Jaws Peter Benchley English 1974 20,000,000 horror fiction (novel)
Love You Forever Robert Munsch English 1986 20,000,000 fiction: picture book
The Women's Room Marilyn French English 1977 20,000,000 political fiction (novel)
What to Expect When You're Expecting Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi Murkoff English 1984 20,000,000 non-fiction
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain English 1885 20,000,000 adventure fiction (novel)
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ Sue Townsend English 1982 20,000,000 children's fiction (novel)
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen English 1813 20,000,000 historical fiction (novel)
Kon-Tiki ekspedisjonen (Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft) Thor Heyerdahl Norwegian 1950 20,000,000 biography, travel
Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války (The Good Soldier Švejk) Jaroslav Hašek Czech 1923 20,000,000 fiction: satire (novel)
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak English 1963 20,000,000 children's fiction: picture book
The Power of Positive Thinking Norman Vincent Peale English 1952 20,000,000 self-help
The Secret Rhonda Byrne English 2006 20,000,000 self-help
Fear of Flying Erica Jong English 1973 20,000,000 psychological fiction:erotica (novel)
Dune Frank Herbert English 1965 20,000,000 fiction: fantasy (novel)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl English 1964 20,000,000 children's fiction (novel)
The Naked Ape Desmond Morris English 1968 20,000,000 anthropology, biology
窓ぎわのトットちゃん (Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window) Tetsuko Kuroyanagi Japanese 1981 18,000,000 autobiography, children's literature
The Horse Whisperer Nicholas Evans English 1995 16,000,000 psychological fiction (novel)
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown English 1947 16,000,000 children's fiction
Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) Michael Ende German 1979 16,000,000 children's fiction: fantasy (novel)
The Outsiders S. E. Hinton English 1967 15,000,000 fiction: drama (novel)
Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney English 1994 15,000,000 children's fiction
Shōgun James Clavell English 1975 15,000,000 fiction: action and adventure (novel)
The Poky Little Puppy Janette Sebring Lowrey English 1942 15,000,000 children's fiction: picture book
The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett English 1989 15,000,000 historical fiction (novel)
How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie English 1936 15,000,000 self-help
Das Parfum (Perfume) Patrick Süskind German 1985 15,000,000 horror fiction (novel)
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck English 1939 15,000,000 historical fiction (novel)
La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind) Carlos Ruiz Zafón Spanish 2001 15,000,000 fiction: thriller (novel)
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri English 2000 15,000,000 fiction: short story
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams English 1979 14,000,000 science fiction: humour (novel)
Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom English 1997 14,000,000 memoir
God's Little Acre Erskine Caldwell English 1933 14,000,000 fiction (novel)
Va' dove ti porta il cuore (Follow Your Heart) Susanna Tamaro Italian 1994 14,000,000 fiction (novel)
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle English 1962 14,000,000 science fiction: fantasy (novel)
Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela English 1994 14,000,000 autobiography
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway English 1952 13,000,000 nautical fiction (novella)
Life After Life Raymond Moody English 1975 13,000,000 historical fiction (novel)
Peyton Place Grace Metalious English 1956 12,100,000 fiction (novel)
Me Before You Jojo Moyes English 2012 12,000,000 fiction: romance (novel)
ノルウェイの森 (Noruwei no Mori; Norwegian Wood) Haruki Murakami Japanese 1987 12,000,000 fiction: romance (novel)
La Peste (The Plague) Albert Camus French 1947 12,000,000 psychological and philosophical fiction (novel)
人間失格 (Ningen Shikkaku; No Longer Human) Osamu Dazai Japanese 1948 12,000,000 fiction (novel)
Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager (Man's Search for Meaning) Viktor Frankl German 1946 12,000,000 autobiography, biography
La Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy) Dante Alighieri Italian 1304 11-12,000,000 epic poetry
The Prophet Kahlil Gibran English 1923 11,000,000 poetry
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty English 1971 11,000,000 horror fiction (novel)
The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson English 1999 10,500,000 children's fiction: picture book
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss English 1957 10,500,000 children's fiction: picture book
Diana: Her True Story Andrew Morton English 1992 10,000,000 biography
The Help Kathryn Stockett English 2009 10,000,000 historical fiction (novel)
Catch-22 Joseph Heller English 1961 10,000,000 historical fiction (novel)
L'Étranger (The Stranger) Albert Camus French 1942 10,000,000 philosophical fiction: drama (novel)
Eye of the Needle Ken Follett English 1978 10,000,000 historical fiction: thriller (novel)
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking English 1988 10,000,000 popular science
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold English 2002 10,000,000 psychological fiction (novel)
Wild Swans Jung Chang English 1992 10,000,000 biography
Santa Evita Tomás Eloy Martínez Spanish 1995 10,000,000 biography, fiction
Un di Velt Hot Geshvign (Night) Elie Wiesel Yiddish 1958 10,000,000 autobiography
于丹《论语》心得 (Confucius from the Heart) Yu Dan Chinese 2006 10,000,000 self-help
The Total Woman Marabel Morgan English 1974 10,000,000 self-help
知価革命 (Knowledge-value Revolution) Taichi Sakaiya Japanese 1985 10,000,000 social sciences
中国社会主义经济问题研究 (Problems in China's Socialist Economy) Xue Muqiao Chinese 1979 10,000,000 social sciences, economy
What Color is Your Parachute? Richard Nelson Bolles English 1970 10,000,000 self-help
The Dukan Diet Pierre Dukan French 2000 10,000,000 diet
The Joy of Sex Alex Comfort English 1972 10,000,000 sexuality
The Gospel According to Peanuts Robert L. Short English 1965 10,000,000 Christian literature
Life of Pi Yann Martel English 2001 10,000,000 fiction: adventure (novel)
The Giver Lois Lowry English 1993 10,000,000 science fiction: dystopian (novel)
The Front Runner Patricia Nell Warren English 1974 10,000,000 fiction: romance (novel)
The Goal Eliyahu M. Goldratt English 1984 10,000,000 fiction: business (novel)

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