Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Top 10 most read books in the world

rexfeatures-3609673p.jpg

Book worms, rejoice! It's World Book Day today!

Our favourite books include Jane Eyre, Are You There God? It's Me Margaret and The Joy Luck Club. But just because we've read Charlotte Brontë's classic over 100 times, that doesn't mean the rest of the world has. So, what do they read? Rather handily, we've discovered this infographic of the top 10 most read books in the world over the past 50 years.

At the bottom of the list is The Diary of Anne Frank, with 27 million copies sold. Next on the ladder is the financial book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, which is considered to be the most important financial book ever written. The author interviewed more than forty millionaires to offer up readers their knowledge on how to be successful and rich. So it's no surprise that this book is on the top 10.

That's closely followed by Margaret Mitchell's classic Gone With The Wind, which has sold over 30 million copies, just beating Hill's book by 3 million. Unsurprisingly, the next tome on the scale is the vampire teen series Twilight (well, you knew it was going to feature somewhere), with 43 million copies. To be honest, we're shocked it hasn't done more than that.

Number six on the list, is Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, followed by Paulo Coehlo's The Alchemist, and then Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. In the top three, J K Rowling takes third spot, with Harry Potter, and the second most read book is Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, which is a selection of his speeches and writings when her was leader of the Chinese Communist Party. It was published from 1964 to about 1976 and widely distributed during the Cultural Revolution. Finally, the number one most read book in the world is the Holy Bible with a whopping, 3,900 million copies sold.

However, seeing as this was published in 2012, there's a high chance that one book may have knocked at least one off the list now. Of course we talking about E L James erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. It's reported the series has now sold over 100 million copies.

(via Visual.ly)

(Main image: Rex Features)

Related

charhero2.jpg

100 best opening lines from children's books

615x330_Funny-Books.gif

The 50 Funniest Lines From Literature

hero.jpg

Surreal opening lines from literature

hero.jpg

Best books of 2014

hero.jpg

Book fans re-create favourite covers using their own faces and bodies

heroundies.jpg

Lingerie in Literature

Comments

More

Backlash as star says The Handmaid's Tale is “not a feminist story”

"It’s a human story, because women’s rights are human rights"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
24 Apr 2017

Elisabeth Moss on why you shouldn't binge watch The Handmaid's Tale

"You may need a second to step back and think about what you’ve seen"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Apr 2017

Exclusive: young mother who escaped Boko Haram shares her story

"I had to be prepared for the worst at all times."

by Sarah Biddlecombe
07 Apr 2017

Margaret Atwood has penned a brand-new ending for The Handmaid’s Tale

And she’s hinted at a sequel, too…

by Kayleigh Dray
06 Apr 2017

Witherspoon & Kidman are already planning a Big Little Lies follow-up

They have optioned a second Liane Moriarty book.

by Hayley Spencer
05 Apr 2017

The best new books of April

From learning to adult to haunting short stories

by Sarah Shaffi
04 Apr 2017

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist is announced

Meet your spring reading list

by Sarah Biddlecombe
03 Apr 2017

The storyteller: Romola Garai kicks off Stylist’s Book Club

The actress shares her top 10 reads

by Helen Bownass
01 Apr 2017

Expert tips on how to beat writer's block

Five tips to get the words flowing

by Sarah Biddlecombe
31 Mar 2017

The nightmarish full trailer for The Handmaid's Tale has landed

Chilling

by Amy Swales
24 Mar 2017