12 Most Popular Books of All Time

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ fame author Harper Lee’s new novel ‘Go Set A Watchman’ is set to become one of the fastest selling books of all time. The novel which was published on July 14, 2015, by HarperCollins in the United States and William Heinemann in the United Kingdom is a new trend setter in United States. Amazon stated that it was their “most pre-ordered book” since the final book of the Harry Potter series in 2007.

Over the years researchers have collected figures for the number of editions of various books, their translations and copies sold all over the world. Vantage Point here presenting you 12 Most Popular books of all time:

Most Popular Books of All Time

12. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

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First Edition of The Hobbit

This fantasy novel of JRR Tolkien was first published in 1937 and being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book still remain very popular and recognized as a classic in children’s literature.

11. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

most famous mystery novel of all time
First Edition of And Then There Were None

This masterpiece by Mystery Queen Agatha Christie was first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club on 6 November 1939 as Ten Little Niggers, after the British blackface song which serves as a major plot point.For the first American edition, the title was changed to the last five words in the original American version of the song: And then there were none. (source:Wiki)

It is Christie’s best-selling novel with over 100 million copies sold, also making it the world’s best-selling mystery, and one of the best-selling books of all time. Publications International lists the novel as the seventh best-selling title.

10. Dream of The Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin

most famous chinese novel of all time
An Illustration of a scene from Dream of The Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin

This book is considered as Four Great Classical Novels of China. It was written by Cao Xueqin sometime in the middle of the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. This book is also known as The Story of Stone.The novel is famous for its detailed observation of the life and social structures during the time of 18th Century Chinese aristocracy and also for its huge cast of characters and psychological scope.

09. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

most famous fantasy novel of all time
First Edition Copy of Alice In Wonderland

This fiction novel was published on 26 November 1865 for the first time and since then its one of the favorite novel for children. English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson published it under Pseudonym Lewis Carroll. There are numerous TV shows and movies has been made on this story and also various comics also available based on this story.

08. Le Petit Prince by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This French novel also known as The Little Prince was first published in 1943. This is considered as the 3rd most translated book in the world and voted the best book of the 20th century in France. You will surprised to know that this book has been translated into more than 250 languages and dialects as well as in Braille also.

07. The Lord of The Rings Series by JRR Tolkien

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First Edition of the First book from The Lord of The Rings Series by JRR Tolkien

This fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien is on one of the best selling novel ever written, with over 150 million copies sold worldwide and numerous translations in various languages and dialects. This series contains three books named as (1) The Fellowship of the King, (2) The Two Towers & (3) The Return of the king. In popular culture famous film director Peter Jackson made films on all three books of this series which was released in year 2001, 2002 and 2003. The last film of this series The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won 11 Oscars something which only two other films in history Ben-Hur and Titanic have accomplished yet.

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