10 Most Read Books In The World

Do You Know Which Are The Most Read Books In The World?

All of us love to read a good book, but could you name the 10 most read books in the world? Over the last half century hundreds of thousands of books have been produced, but only a select few have become the most read books in the world. Here you will discover some of the greatest pieces of literary work by highly talented authors.

This is a list of the 10 Most Read Books in the World over the past fifty years. The figures show the number of books printed and sold but does not take into account multiple readings of the same book.

There are a few book titles that have had more copies printed than some of these books, but a vast number of those books were not sold, which of course means that they did not get read.

Most Read Books Review

I have compiled this list of the 10 Most Read Books In The World after completing a long project of research to establish exactly which are the most read books in the world.

Over many years I have been a writer and avid reader of books, so it gave me great pleasure to undertake this task of the most read books review.

You will find in this list a varied array of subject matter, covering a considerable number of years of some truly talented author's work.

Some of the authors are no longer with us, but the majority are still producing their masterpieces for our ongoing delight.

In this modern fast paced world that we all now live in it is good to see that the enjoyment of reading is still firmly a part of our everyday activities.

Browse through the most read books review and if there are any books that you have not read, but would like to, just click.

Then you can sit back in a comfortable chair with a full glass and do your own personal review of some wonderful literature.

Enjoy your reading.

Number Ten Most Read Book

Diary of Anne Frank - 27 Million Copies

Diary of Anne Frank - By Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl is the English version book that is based on the writings from a diary, which was written by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The book is now considered one of the key texts of the twentieth century.

Number Nine Most Read Book

Think and Grow Rich - 30 Million Copies

Think and Grow Rich - By Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich is a motivational book written by Napoleon Hill. It is a personal development and self improvement novel that was inspired by a suggestion that he received from the Scottish-American billionaire Andrew Carnegie.

Number Eight Most Read Book

Gone With the Wind - 33 Million Copies

Gone With the Wind - By Margaret Mitchell

Gone With the Wind, a romantic drama by Margaret Mitchell. It is set in Georgia during the American Civil War and follows the life of Scarlett O'Hara, the daughter of an Irish immigrant plantation owner.

The novel won the coveted Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into a film of the same name that won an Academy Award.

Number Seven Most Read Book

Twilight - The Saga - 43 Million Copies

Twilight - The Saga - By Stephenie Meyer

Twilight is the first book in an extremely popular young adult series written by Stephenie Meyer. The story is about a young girl who falls in love with a vampire. This is a saga that is full of romance and action.

She says 'First, he was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him'.

Number Six Most Read Book

The Da Vinci Code - 57 Million Copies

The Da Vinci Code - By Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code is a fiction novel written by American author Dan Brown. The story follows the investigations of Robert Langdon after a murder in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

He discovers an intriguing possibility that Jesus Christ may have been married to Mary Magdalene and fathered a child with her. The Da Vinci Code has been made into a movie starring Tom Hanks.

Number Five Most Read Book

The Alchemist - 65 Million Copies

The Alchemist - By Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist was published in 1987 and became a Brazilian bestseller, it has gone on to sell 65 million copies world-wide, becoming one of the best selling books in history. The Alchemist has been translated into more than 67 languages, winning the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.

Paulo Coelho is not only one of the most widely read, but also one of the most influential authors writing today.

Number Four Most Read Book

Lord of the Rings - 103 Million Copies

Lord of the Rings - By J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is an epic fantasy story written by the philologist J. R. R. Tolkien. The novel started out as a sequel to his earlier, far less complex children's fantasy story The Hobbit, but evolved into a much larger work.

The Lord of the Rings has been made into a film trilogy that consists of three live action fantasy epic films; The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

Number Three Most Read Book

Harry Potter – 400 Million Copies

Harry Potter - By J. K. Rowling

The Harry Potter books are a fantasy series of seven novels by British writer J. K. Rowling. The majority of which have been made into action packed movies.

Children and adults alike have been fascinated by this fiction character and cannot get enough of the young hero's adventures.

Number Two Most Read Book

Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung – 820 Million Copies

Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung - By Mao Tse-tung

The Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung, or as it was commonly called, the 'little red book' of Mao Tse-tung, was a personal explanation to the people of China of the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party.

Number One Most Read Book

The Bible - 3.9 Billion Copies

The Bible - The Bible still remains at the top as the most read book in the world.

The Bible is the account of God's action in the world and his purpose with all creation. The writing of the Bible was accomplished over sixteen centuries and is a quite amazing collection of sixty six books containing the messages of God.

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Looking Into the Eyes of an Orang-utan

Our expedition party had finally arrived at the location that we had been directed to find. It was deep in the jungle and after we had traveled by jeep for nearly half of the way, we knew that the remainder of our long journey would have to be covered on foot.

Climbing down from our dusty jeeps, we first of all stopped to refresh ourselves with the water that we were carrying. The temperature was in the high nineties and the humidity level was also very high.

This meant that our forearms were constantly covered by a shimmering surface of water and so were our clothes, which made it appear as if we were covered in perspiration.

A short way along the jungle path we were met by our local guide, who had been specifically assigned to our party for this expedition. He was a very friendly, smiling individual with a big round shiny face and a similar shaped body to match.

His name was Lopi and he constantly chattered away to himself, even when he was not talking to us. He had spent most of his life, living in this jungle area and knew it like the back of his hand.

He greeted us all warmly and checked that everyone was alright and that we were all feeling fit enough to make the rest of our journey. Indicating our confirmation to him that we were, we then began to proceed on foot.

As we walked through the jungle on what Lopi called well defined paths, which it was apparent only he could clearly see, we would occasionally see large snakes hanging down from the trees.

And even as we were walking, we could detect the glistening backs of the snakes as they passed across the path at our feet. Lopi said that we did not need to worry a lot, because the snakes would only try to wrap themselves around our legs if we stopped moving forwards.

This was obviously his way of making sure that we kept on walking and moving forward at the speed that he decided upon. There were seven of us in total with Lopi and we all followed his directions intently.

We finally came to a clearing where there was a small wooden hut; Lopi told us that this was the end of our walking and that we could wash our hands and refresh ourselves inside his hut.

He used the hut for keeping tools and supplies close to where he did most of his work, which was, apart from being a guide, the person who feed the Orang-utans that inhabited this part of the jungle.

After we had all refreshed ourselves, we went outside and Lopi told us all to keep very quiet, he then proceeded to make an immense amount of noise, calling into the dense jungle for the Orang-utans to feed.

He whispered to us that the Orang-utans could detect if there was any danger to them by the different sounds that they could hear all around them, but he had learnt to communicate with them and keep them calm.

Slowly we heard the sound of slight movement in the trees above us and we peered into the dark green foliage of the jungle, but without any idea as to exactly where we were supposed to be looking.

Then over my shoulder I saw a tiny movement of the leaves of a tree, I turned and found myself looking into the eyes of an Orang-utan. Then it just reached forward and took the banana from my pocket that Lopi had given to me earlier.

Peeling it immediately, the Orang-utan took a bite and then offered it to me to have some. Lopi had told us that they would care for there family members in this way and for some reason the Orang-utan thought I was one of its family members.

For the whole time there was eye to eye contact between us and I would have sworn that the Orang-utan was looking deep into my soul. A truly once in a lifetime amazing experience, which I know will stay firmly in my mind forever and so will the image of the eyes of that Orang-utan.

Discover the Secrets of the Night

You would be surprised if you knew what the secrets of the night were. Under the cover of darkness and while most of our world is asleep, there are secret things happening. Come with us and discover the secrets of the night now.

You are lying awake in your bed with the tingling feeling of a sleepless night. Flickering shadows fill the room, from the movement of the moths on your window that are captured in the half moonlight.

As you peer into the half light of your room you can just manage to see the trail of clothes that you had removed one by one on your way to the bed in the hope that sleep would follow.

In the distance can be heard the mournful sound of a train whistle from the late night express. And you can just perceive the liquid fingers of the gentle summer rain that runs down your window.

You make a decision to get up, walk to the window and to look out. You are greeted by the sight of the tiny lights of the fireflies that are filling the air. You watch their constant movement, mesmerised for a moment by the way they dart here and there.

As you open your window the sweet aroma of the jasmine and rosemary enters into your room and just seems to drift through the air all around you. The smell is quite intoxicating and it makes you feel a little bit lightheaded. Or maybe that is due to the lack of sleep.

Your eyes are now becoming much more adjusted to the night light and you start to look further out into the darkness. The big trees are casting strange shadows across the land, which gives them a life like movement of people walking in the night. The rain seems to have stopped now.

There is an almost caressing breeze blowing through your hair, as you lean further out of the window to try to see deeper into the darkness and to discover more of the night’s secrets. And it is not that long before yet more secrets are revealed to you.

You watch totally spellbound as you see an owl swoop down and pick up a small rodent from the ground, with the only sound being the swish of the owl’s wings as it flies away.

As if disturbed by the movement a small frog jumps across a dry stoned area, looking for any water that it may be able to find. Its back glistens in the moonlight as it progresses along the ground.

You hear the noise of something foraging in the bushes just below your window and suddenly what emerges almost makes your heart stop. It is the head of a large snake, its eyes flashing bright green in the darkness.

You hesitate, but in the next moment the snake has slithered away and all that you manage to see is its tail disappearing into the long grass. It was obviously more frightened of you, deciding to get away quickly.

After such excitement you need to drink some water to help you to calm your nerves. Picking up a small bottle, from your table, you drink deeply and enjoy the refreshing taste of water that has come from the mineral springs.

You instantly realise exactly what nature brings to your life, giving you a constant flow of pleasurable memories that lift your spirit and offer you hope for the future.

To think that you could have slept, without even knowing any of these things were happening, but now you are very glad that you were able to discover the secrets of the night.

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This is a great set of information. You have obviously put a lot of work into putting this together and it shows.

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Let Us Know What You Like About 10 Most Read Books In The World 140 comments

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Adelie 7 years ago

Very interesting, I've read 6 out of these 10. Never heard of the Works of Mao Tse-tung and here I thought I was well read :(

Artemus-Gordon 7 years ago

Interesting list. I knew the Bible was #1 but I was a little surprised that some of the newer books that were on the list.

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ZenandChic 7 years ago

I have not read any of these, but I see some I am interested in. Oh, except the Bible, I have read it.

legangles 6 years ago

no surprise with the Bible or the Harry P or the Twilight books, the Mao books surprised me although it shouldn't. Just shows how Western-centric my thinking is...

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JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

I have read most of these. Great selections! : )

gespooner 6 years ago

I've read quite a few of the books on the 10 most read books in the world - Lord of the Rings is my absolute all time fave!

anonymous 6 years ago

Very well done! I'm happy to see the Bible still the most read Book, my guide book all my life, truth unchanged, unchanging! I'm so longng to shortly meet the Author face to face!

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JessicaWrites LM 5 years ago

I found some real surprises here. Nicely done.

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Philippians468 5 years ago

i am so happy that God's Word is in the Top 10 list! cheers

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Wedding Mom 5 years ago

Most of the books that I love are listed here, Really delighted about it. such a great selections and I do agree that the Bible is on top of the list. Well done!

Shadrosky 5 years ago

I must say, though I found Da Vinci code and Harry Potter highly overrated, I'm not surprised they made the list

anonymous 5 years ago

I've read 3 of them - The Da Vinci Code, The Lord of the Rings, and the Bible.

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JeanJohnson LM 5 years ago

I found this list very interesting, I was surprised at what would make it on the top of the list. Some other books I would have thought would be more popular than some of the newer books.

anonymous 5 years ago

the most beatifull book that i have read is bible, coz it gives real knowledge about god, and his divine son jesus christ, no other book can challenge bible, coz it gives all evedence of all this happening in our day today life.

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anaamhussain 5 years ago

All of the books are my top favorites! Good work in selecting these! :)

anonymous 5 years ago

I felt like eating up the book ALCHEMIST while reading it...this book is an absolute marvel!!

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Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

I've read some of the others once, but I've been reading the Bible my whole life. It never grows old.

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elhuntley lm 5 years ago

All the books on the Top 10 surprised me but one, the Bible. The Bible is the greatest book ever written.

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Heather426 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

Very surprising list actually! I've read the Bible cover to cover of the ones you listed here..and Gone with the Wind, and Dan Brown, and Napoleon Hill. Time to go to the library!

Philipuk1983 5 years ago

Only read one of them, guess I have some catching up to do

Domique21 5 years ago

I am also an avid reader. I am fond of Mitchell's Gone with the wind especially because I saw myself in scarlett O'hara. LOL!. I love the alchemist and Da vinci code. I was so stunned of feminine deity and anagrams.

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ananimoss2 5 years ago

The list makes a very good sense...although I was a little surprised by the 'little red book'...

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Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

Well, I like that I've read many of them. :) Interesting list.

baby-strollers 5 years ago

The good 'ol bible is still number 1 - there ya go!

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BodyLanguageExp 5 years ago

I think these 10 most read books in the World, are definitely some of the greatest books ever wrote. They are aimed at all audiences, and everyone has heard of them.

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TheLittleCardShop 5 years ago

Awesome page, love reading about the 10 most read books in the world. I am an avid reader and I am happy to know that some of my favorites are among the top 10. :)

bookbuyer 4 years ago

Awesome article! I've seen lots of top-ten lists, but I don't think I've ever read one about the most-read books. Some of those books are ones I'm reading right now!

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seashell2 4 years ago

Interesting list! Very well done article, thanks for sharing these! :-)

angela-giuliano 4 years ago

Glad that my favorite book is #5!

JimDickens 4 years ago

I have missed The Alchemist but I will be sure to look for it now.

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Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

This list means to me a lot. Never stop till I read everything from this list :)

anonymous 4 years ago

i agree with the alchemist, all paulo books are on the top of my list

PaulRyan 4 years ago

I was surprised to find that two I've read are in the top 10! (And no, not the greatest book of fiction - the bible!) Lord of the Rings is definitely one of the best books ever.

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BryanLSC 4 years ago

Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich is the must-read book for all! Personal finance is a crucial yet a subject not taught in school!

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KateHonebrink 4 years ago

Thank you for putting together this thoughtful list of books. I have always enjoyed reading and have only recently discovered that I actually enjoy writing as much or even more so. Great job on this article and I look forward to reading more of your work!

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NC Shepherd 4 years ago

I see I have some catching up to do. There are so many books I want to read!

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microfarmproject 4 years ago

Thanks! I am glad to say that I have read 9 out of 10 of these (all except The Quotations of Mao Tse-Tung.) Not surprised that the Bible is #1. Thanks!

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kovid7 4 years ago

Where is Salman Rushdie's Midnights Children?

anonymous 4 years ago

I read the top 4 of you're list. Did you ever visite the house of Anne Frank in the Netherlands?

anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks for guiding us ...great selections!

yellowbrickroad 4 years ago

I find it fascinating that both The Little Red Book and the Bible are on this list. The two couldn't be more different. I picked up an copy of The Little Red Book in Beijing in 1998. I can't read it, but the spongey, glossy red cover, with Mao's smiling face, has always seemed simultaneously creepy and intriguing, enough so that I keep it on permanent display

misscullenxx 4 years ago

Wow, I have actually read six of these books myself! I personally love Twilight and Harry Potter. The Alchemist and Lord of the Rings were also amazing! The Da Vinci Code was surprising, I didn't think that I would like it, but instead I love it. The Diary of Anne Frank is something I thought I must read, because it's actually a part of the History of my country, so I did. It was heartbreaking.

DianaBrandao 4 years ago

My favourite of all is The Diary of Anne Frank. I wouldn't trade it for nothing! My own copy is all yellow and used, but I love it!!

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anupma lm 4 years ago

I love The Alchemist. Good selection.

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mysweetjane lm 4 years ago

I've got some reading to do! I've only read 3 of these!

anonymous 4 years ago

Very nice :)

I have been reading The Alchemist few times and think that's the one of the best books I have ever read ^^

darren0clue0 4 years ago

I've read some of these, I'll check out the ones I haven't read yet.

anonymous 4 years ago

I've of course read the bible. I was shocked to hear it was the most read book in the world. But i am a christian and im happy. I never read gone with the wind yet. I don't plan on reading harry potter or twilight.

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joeyoung lm 4 years ago

Hi James,

You list quite the collection here. It is amazing what you find in the top 10. The Bible was no surprise. You have quite the number of books yourself. I will have to investigate them more. Thanks for the extensive research and share!

EffectiveCommunicationAdvice 4 years ago

Ok, I guess the list was no shocker but the numbers were! Who would've known!

esichrissa 4 years ago

Think and grow rich is a useful book!

audithedestroyer 4 years ago

My personal favorite from the list is the LOTR trilogy. The story is great! But in my opinion, the movie was better than I have expected.

anonymous 4 years ago

the best book ever written is

"Blood and Money" by Thomas Thompson

anonymous 4 years ago

"THE RED BOOK (QUOTATIONS) OF MAO TSE-TSUNG" is the most read book!

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sentanta lm 4 years ago

It's funny seeing books like the Da Vinci Code and Twilight on the same list as the Diary of Anne Frank and the Bible - but you're right they have all been read millions of times.

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Deral18 4 years ago

...is Twilight ever going away?

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Hailemichael 4 years ago

Great books!!!

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Dmarieinspires 4 years ago from St. Peters, MO

Thanks for this list!

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mbuntyn 4 years ago

The Bible is the most controversial book, yet is the most read book. Amazing.

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roseannyoung 4 years ago

Awesome list! Glad you took a moment to let us know a little about your own writing.

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blue autumn 4 years ago

Lots of options here. I read Gone with the End and it is a great book. I think it often gets overlooked because of the movie, but it is in no way a "chick" book.

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Cari Kay 11 4 years ago

I've read five of these and found a few on the contenders list that look good. Thanks!

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IssacAlouf 4 years ago

Ha, I knew the Bible was gonna be #1!

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TheBLU26 4 years ago

Awesome...really interesting! I managed to guess a lot of them too!

Deacon50 4 years ago

Excellent, well researched work. Thank you for the time and effort.

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JobSearchGuru 4 years ago

Think and Grow Rich is an amazing title. Easy to read, but timeless information.

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eightieschild 4 years ago

Have only read three of them. Although to be fair, there's only 1 book on that list which I've read literally dozens of times and still keep reading it. I'll let you guess which one that is!

anonymous 4 years ago

There are some great reads here. I still refuse to read The Twilight Saga though.

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randomthings lm 4 years ago

Great information! Really loved the visual chart with the books showing the visual comparison of how many had been read.

nissanka 4 years ago

This is amazing for I never come across such a list but I'm happy with my reading capacity so far including gone with the wind and harry potter.I try my best to go through others in your list if I could manage the time I have in future.any way thanks for your info.Best of luck.

anonymous 4 years ago

Something uncommon must be with bible ... lets keep devourig it make our world better.

anonymous 4 years ago

what meticulous knitting of the thoughts of great minds! I enjoyed every second of it. Thumbs up for James Chapman!

xtianfriborg13 4 years ago

Good to know there are still a lot of people reading the Bible!

dellgirl 4 years ago

You have a great collection of the Most Read Books In The World. I enjoyed this. Keep up the good work.

anonymous 4 years ago

Surprising that the Bible still holds first place. I guess it still holds many mysteries that catch the attention.

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strategylab 4 years ago from Regina, SK

Unreal I love it! I'm in The Alchemist right now, so far, amazing. Cheers my friend.

bikiivanovska 4 years ago

Holy Bible is definitely the most read book on all times/

xtianfriborg13 4 years ago

I think the reason the Bible's still #1 is because people still believe in religion.

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rattie lm 4 years ago

Very reassuring to know I have read so many of these. Could NEVER get into Harry Potter - so terribly, terribly English! Mind you,Ii wish I'd written it. It's turned so many kids onto reading.

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Loretta L 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

So glad the Bible is still No 1. :-)

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dumpstergourmet 4 years ago

So insightful! Feeling like there needs to be a push for the classics! But still good to see what's hitting the top!

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BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

Interesting to learn which books are the most read.

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maryseena 4 years ago

Thank you for a comprehensive list to pursue

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ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

I am so glad that Think and Grow Rich and The Alchemist made it to the list. Two of my favorite books.

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affgoal 4 years ago

The Diary of Anne Frank is such an interesting read. I've read it at least three times now :)

CarynWilliamson 4 years ago

I love LOTR!

DanielTorri 4 years ago

Hahah I KNEW harry potter was gonna be on the list

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PeterThieme 4 years ago

Bible will always be #1!

anonymous 4 years ago

Great List. I should reread some of these!

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GeorgeDornty 4 years ago

@anonymous: You and me both! :)

GabrielaFargasch 3 years ago

I have read all of them! Great page!

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someone111 3 years ago

Nice list! I also really loved the graph you had. Very interesting!

saloniz 3 years ago

Nice job ... Also Good to know that i am not very far off the mark!

anonymous 3 years ago

I LOVE HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!! I think it should be number 1!

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pepys 3 years ago

Aside from the Twilight Saga, I seem ti fit in with what the world reads.

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victoriuh 3 years ago

Very interesting list. I'd love to see Da Vinci code fall off of it so everything could move up and Hitchiker's at spot 10.

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suepogson 3 years ago

I've read 5 on the list and maybe should look for the others. Mao Tse-Tung is on my must read list but maybe not the Twighlight Saga. (Harry Potter rules!)

PhatHuynh 3 years ago

I like the book think and grow rich

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sirelliott 3 years ago

I was wondering , I always knew the bible was #1 book ever read. Even though every generation has tried to defame it, criticise it, ban it. Still number one read book on the planet by long shot.

anonymous 3 years ago

I've read almost all of these, but Harry Potter still leaves me wondering. One of my favourite books of all time is 'The Book Thief'.

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Elaine Chen 3 years ago

Among the books listed here, I only have the one entitled "Think and Grow Rich"

anonymous 3 years ago

i have the bible and harry potter...

andymason784 3 years ago

wow, the number 1 was an anti-climax. Expected Harry Potter to be there.

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Joebeducci 3 years ago

I expected the Bible to be on one, but I never knew about the others. Great information! Greets, Joebeducci

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TanjaCrouch 3 years ago

I was happy to discover The Bible was the most read and added The Alchemist to my must read list. Thank you.

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kehsiberry 3 years ago

I love diary of Anne Frank, read it once and watched the movie. read 4 books in the list. great list btw!

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Annabeau 3 years ago

"Gone with the Wind" is such a masterpiece. I lost count on how many times I've read this one...

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penny-richens 3 years ago

My heart weeps that Twilight is more popular than anything by Steinbeck.

ardentbooknerd 3 years ago

Great list of books! Wow I never thought that The Alchemist was this popular though i have read great things about the book.

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TerriCarr 3 years ago

I love that yellow graphic with the book's spines to show the relative popularity of each book. Would you care to share how you made that graph?

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VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

Wow great list. I am happy that Harry Potter is in the list, I just love the series. I have read the Da Vinci Code halfway, couldn't complete it. Will do sometime!

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evawrites1 3 years ago

I was very surprised to read this list. Isn't it a bit amazing that Stephenie Meyer is together with The Bible here... this world is strange, isn't it? And the Diary of Anne Frank surprised me too, if she only knew...

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VeroniqueX 3 years ago

Next to Bible,, chinese seems to topped the list, really?

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LSJ-88 3 years ago

I adore The Diary of Anne Frank, I have ever since 4th grade. I think everyone should read that book.

Eaglesarticle 2 years ago

Great I Have Read The Alchemist! That's Really good to read..

SingeBlue 2 years ago

Very neat to have lists of more books to read! I will have to shove over my pile to make more room.

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Snakesmum 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Surprised that Twilight is in the top 10!

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Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

Hey, not bad -- I've read 7 out of 10 on your list. Before I began reading this page, I figured the Bible would be No. 1 and I'm not surprised by Diary of Anne Frank, Think and Grow Rich and Gone with the Wind. But Twilight and Harry Potter were unexpected. Interesting list.

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MGuberti 2 years ago

I enjoyed going through the list. I have definitely read the Bible, but I have not read the other books. I will definitely be reading Think And Grow Rich soon.

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rray001 lm 2 years ago

I have Three of the book and I plan to pass on to my kids 1.Alcamist- One of the best books I have read. 2. Think and Grow Rich- I go back to this book a lot. .3. Bible is my all time favorite and all the books that I like are base from the Bible. I also think Og Mandino book "The Greatest Salesman in the World" is not on the list? Sun Tzu "The Art Of War"

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Andromachi 2 years ago

I am so glad to see Bible still hold the first place by a big margin ahead. I enjoyed alchemist, lord of the rings and Anna Frank's diary and it was nice to see that they are in the list.

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amandascloset0 2 years ago

There is only three of these that I haven't read and its highly likely I never will. But I very much enjoyed most of them, especially the Bible. It's the one I'll read over and over.

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astevn816 lm 2 years ago

I can't believe that Twilight or Harry Potter made the list.

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Charito1962 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank makes me teary-eyed whenever I re-read it. It's just too depressing to go over the horror of the Holocaust.

mattseo24 2 years ago

I have read 7 out of that top 10 most read book. You really knew the most read books.

humanpsychology 2 years ago

Wow, I consider myself a reader, but I've only read five of those books! Also I knew what was going to be number one before I even clicked on the link. The question is; will there ever be another book like the Holy Bible, where mass sections of the human population are REQUIRED to read it for reasons beyond enjoying a good book?

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ameycoleman 2 years ago from Missouri

i have read The Alchemist, The Twilight Saga, and ALL the Harry Potter Books.

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ameycoleman 2 years ago from Missouri

@juliestone: I know, right? The Diary of Anne Frank was historical tradegy that actually happened. it pulls harder at the heartstrings, and really puts life in perspective. Twilight, even though a fascinating read, should not of been higher ranked. I thought schools were supposed to teach about Anne Frank.

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Linda BookLady 2 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

Super interesting. I love the Bible and read it every morning. ;) I've also read The Alchemist, Lord of the Rings, Gone With the Wind (love), Twilight, and The Diary of Anne Frank . . . . but I've tried several times to read Think and Grow Rich and I always get frustrated with it. Or repelled, more likely. I don't know why that is. I usually like books in the genre.

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Denise Cole Aparo 2 years ago from Connecticut

I have read all but the Alchemist and Think & Grow Rich. I have the first book, but have not read it yet. I will look for the second. Thanks!

redjohn 2 years ago

I've read Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong, Anne Frank's Diary, Lord Of The Rings, and Harry Potter. Chairman Mao's book is incredible.

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aesta1 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Twilight is the only one I have not read in this list. I am not yet sure if I will get a copy. The other books in this list are worthwhile.

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Carol Houle 2 years ago from Montreal

I believe Diana Gabladon's "Outlander" should be in Twilight's place.

I do agree Mao's book should be next to the bible. There are 1.3+ billion people in the world.

Fernanda 22 months ago

Que legal Paulo Coelho !! Representando o potencial do Brasil, lí o Alquimista e adorei :) Excelente... me prendeu deste o começo até o final

Maritim Kipngetich 21 months ago

I have read Da Vinci Code and the Bible and other books by Anne Prank and I am happy to see one of her books making to be one of the top ten in the most read books in the world.

Felix Djamal 20 months ago

The Bible is a life-changer and I also find the Alchemist interesting :)

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DavidSimmons1776 15 months ago

yes I like the bible too

JECK Carting 15 months ago

I think ' Gone with the wind' is the best one in this top

Azar.MH 8 months ago

I have read just 3 of them Harry Potter(always my fav), twilight(kind of like it) and the first book of the Lord Of The Rings(didn't like it a lot) but im going to read The Diaries Of Anne Frank,ASAP!

George 5 days ago

You definitely do have quite a list here, but it seems to be missing one particular publisher. Jehovah's Witnesses are notorious for their publishing and translation. However, they don't sell their publications, so they don't appear on best seller lists. Just from what I found in my research, their books:"what does the Bible really teach?", "The truth that leads to eternal life", "knowledge that leads to everlasting life", and "you can live forever in paradise on earth" had 201 mil., 100 mil., 93 mil., and 81 mil. copies produced and were all published in the last fifty years. That would give them numbers 4, 6, 7, and 8 on this list.

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