Top 10 Books of All Time

by Book Worm on December 15, 2011

List of Top 10 Books of All Time

Top 10 Books by Sales

I received a fantabulous response from all you guys when I published mylist of the top 10 books of the year and in fact, that single post is slowly on its way to becoming the most visited page on this blog. This made me think that maybe it’s something that my readers like and something they’re looking for and can’t find elsewhere.

So there I was the other day browsing through Wikipedia when I came across a compilation of the top selling books in history. These books have sold more than 50 million copies each worldwide since the time they were released and contain some well-known books along with some that even I had not heard of!

So here I go with the all time list of top 10 books to date. Please note that religious books are not included along with some political ones.


1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensA Tale of Two Cities

Published in 1959, A Tale of Two Cities, is one of literary masterpieces in my opinion! I first read the abridged version way back in 10th standard and recently got around to reading the original, unabridged version and boy, was I blown away.

Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities has sold well over 200 million copies sold so no wonder then that it comes 1st on this all time list of top 10 books of all time.

I highly recommend having this book in your personal collection and in case you’re interested, Flipkart is currently offering this at a discounted price.


2. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings

I first read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings long before it became the sensation it now is. Introduced to me by my library teacher, this amazing series soon had me transported into the world of magic, hobbits and the original Dark Lord!

For those who don’t live on this planet, this best-selling series consists of 3 books namely, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. To me what is more surprising is the fact that this has only sold 150 million copies to date! Just kidding guys, this trilogy makes it at #2 on our list of top 10 books of all times.

If you haven’t read this to date, I highly suggest doing it now! Click Here to grab this at an amazing discount of Rs 599!


3. The Hobbit by J. R. R. TolkienThe Hobbit

If Lord of the Rings is at #2 on the list of top 10 books of all time, then The Hobbit has to be close behind! The Hobbit is the best-selling prequel to Tolkien’s masterpiece trilogy and has sold close to 125 million copies to date and was originally written by Tolkien as a children’s fantasy novel.

To be honest, I read this book after all the hype around the books started and although a fascinating read, I wish I had read this before The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The reason for this is there are certain themes and characters that are only mentioned in passing in the sequel but their real story is mentioned in The Hobbit.

My suggestion to you would be to go in for the complete set of The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit rather than going for them individually. This way you’ll end up saving over Rs 450!


4. And Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieAnd Then There Were None

Many of you might know this book by its original name, Ten Little Niggers, but the fact remains that this thrilling and chilling Agatha Christie novels is one of the biggest selling books in the world! I was 1st introduced to this book through a play in my school based on the novel and I still remember rushing to my school library the very next day to search for this book!

Although I’m not a huge Agatha Christie fan, this book is one of my favourites to date! With a captivating storyline and enough twists and turns to keep you turning all night long, And Then There Were None deserves its place at #4 on the list of top 10 books of all time.


5. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia

And in at #5 on the list of top 10 books of all time, comes a book by one of my favourite and least recognized authors of all times, C. S. Lewis. Many of you might dismiss The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a work fit for children; I would tend to disagree with you in the most vocal way possible!

With sales of close to 85 million books in total, this is actually the 2nd book in the Chronicles of Narnia series,  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe transports us into the magical realm of Narnia and introduces us to characters we’re not likely to forget in a hurry.

Flipkart is currently offering The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set at a discount of 30% and can be bought for a discounted price of Rs 970!


6. She by H. Rider HaggardShe

This is the only book in this list that I’ve not actually read so I don’t have any personal opinion to share with you. However, I’ve read Henry Rider Haggard’s King Solomon Mines and absolutely loved it to the core so judging by that this one must definitely be worth its place at #6 on the all time list of top 10 books!

This one costs around so in case you’re interested in buying this, you can do so by Clicking Here


7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan BrownThe Da Vinci Code

Now this one needs no introduction. Dan Brown exploded onto the literary world in a way that few rarely have with his explosive best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code. I’ve wanted to do a review of this book for a long time so maybe having this on the list might give me the motivation to do so in the near future.

I loved his other book, Angels and Demons, even more and in case you’ve still not read any of his books, my suggestion would be to buy this combo pack of Dan Brown’s books from Flipkart and save yourself some bucks in the process.


8. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

With worldwide sales of well over 65 million, The Catcher in the Rye is a must read for all young people growing up for this brilliant novel deals with the growing up pangs of confusion, tension, anger and rebellion, all in that order!

Although panned by some critics for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and teenage anger, this novel was included on Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923 and duly takes its place in at #8 on our list of top 10 books of all time.

I guess that’s reason enough to buy it!


9. The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

I know there are a lot of critics out there who slam Paolo Coelho and his style of writing but no one can deny that The Alchemist is one of his finest works to date! This inspirational story about following your dreams is bound to change the way you approach life and have you believing in karma all over again!

Before you rush away to buy this book, read my in-depth review of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. RowlingHarry Potter

Just like The Lord of the rings, if you’ve not read Harry Potter, then there’s no hope for you! I find it really difficult to write something about J. K. Rowling and her magical world because it’s something that just can’t be described till you’ve read the books.

What surprises me is that this book makes in at #10 on the list of top 10 books of all time, considering the popularity of the Harry Potter Series but I’m guessing in a few years, this one would have moved up the list by quite a few notches!

Oh and in case you’re from another planet, then grab this heavily discounted boxed set of Harry Potter books right away!


What’s Your Take on This List of Top 10 Books of All Time

So which one of your favourite books is in this list and which one didn’t make it to this Top 10 Books list? Whatever be the case, why don’t you mention it below in the comment form and we’ll have a nice little discussion on whether it should be included in the Top 10 Books of All Time or not!

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Ajoops December 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm

This is an awesome list! I’ve read all of them except for She by Haggard. Which explains why these books made the list, I guess! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Catcher in the Rye are my faves xD


Book Worm December 22, 2011 at 5:33 am

Hi Ajoops,

Yes, even for me, the only book pending in the list is She…so its definitely on top of my reading list!
The Catcher in the Rye is a phenomenol book and one of my personal favourites as well…..Thanks for dropping by :)


Elizabeth December 29, 2011 at 4:20 am

oops…I have read only 2 out of these 10 books – harry potter and The alchemist. I loved harry potter, but unlike most people in the world, I was not able to appreciate The Alchemist much…

Then my tastes in books differ a lot too :) This is my first time visit to your blog. Liked the layout and the short review format of the posts…


priya July 29, 2012 at 10:53 am

can i download novels??if yes how???


Book Worm July 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Hi Priya,

You can do a quick Google search to find some ebooks but let me tell you that most of them are illegal copies. I would suggest that your purchase your own copy of the books you want to read


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