A bestseller is popular book, right?
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, defines a bestseller as “a book that is identified as extremely popular by its inclusion on lists of currently top selling or frequently borrowed titles that are based on publishing industry and book trade figures and library circulation statistics…”
But what books are the most popular of all time? The biggest bestsellers? Can you guess? The London Telegraph lists these thirteen.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
2. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S Lewis
4. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
5. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
- Emily Bronte Wuthering
7. Animal Farm - George Orwell
8. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
10. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
11. The Time Travelers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
12. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
13. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kasey
The list has lots of classic novels and seems right; however, How Stuff Works, supplies this list along with how many millions of books that have been sold.
- Don Quixote – 500 million
- Xinhua Zidian – 400 million (This is a Chinese-language dictionary that was first published in 1953.)
- A Tale of Two Cities – 200 million
- The Lord of the Rings – 150 million
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone -- 107 million
- And Then There Were None – 100 million
- Dream of the Red Chamber – 100 million (This is a Chinese novel that was first published in 1791. Apparently it’s one of the classic Chinese novels.)
- The Little Prince – 80 million (or perhaps 200 million--sources disagree.)
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – 85 million
- The Da Vinci Code – 80 million
- Think and Grow Rich – 70 million
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – 65 million
- The Alchemist – 65 million
I don’t know which list is correct. I’m presenting both as food for thought. What do you think? If you were to guess about world bestsellers, would your list have some of the same titles?
Did you think the Bible should be on the list? I did. How Stuff Works.Com decided not to include religious texts because their sales numbers are hard to verify because they’re often given away.
I’m okay with putting the Bible in a class by itself because I believe its author also is in a peerless position, but I’m eager to find out what you think about the other books on the list. Have you read many of them? Are any your favorites? Tell me what you think. Thanks.