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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 popular and 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 last 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.
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.
Diary of a Yong Girl
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.
Think and Grow Rich
Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Best Seller - Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century
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.
Gone With The Wind, 75th Anniversary Edition
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'.
Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
The Twilight Saga - The Illustrated Guide
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.
The Da Vinci Code
Number Five Most Read Book
The Alchemist - 65 Million Copies
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 Guiness 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.
Lord of the RIngs (50th Anniversary Edition)
Number Three Most Read Book
Harry Potter - 400 Million Copies
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.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
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.
Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung
Number One Most Read Book
The Bible - 3.9 Billion Copies
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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