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Top 10 Best Selling Books of All Time

Top 10 Best Selling Books of All Time

It is no wonder that a list of top 10 best selling books of all time will receive a grand welcome from books lovers. This article provides a list of these books at a glance.
Penlighten Staff
You must have heard the phrase, "It was raining cats and dogs." Same is the situation when it comes to loads of information offered by newspapers, magazines, television, or the Internet. The sheer volume of it is indigestible to human beings. Finding some useful information with minimum effort when needed is not easy. That is why, when one is searching for something like this, a list would be most helpful for novice readers, who are new to the creative world of books or are simply looking for the best of the best.
Top Ten Books of All Time
This information is not entirely a reflection of how many copies of these books were sold or how much an author gained by writing them.
The Holy Bible
This is a book that is going to hold the topmost position in the list. It is speculated that as much as 6 billion copies of the Bible were sold in the past, and it is still the most preferred book for the masses. One reason behind it being the world's best selling book of all times is that it is available in more than 2,000 languages.
Quotations from Chairman Mao
This book by the late Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, the legendary Chinese leader, elaborates on the events of the Chinese Revolution. It also sheds light on why and how things happened in that period and, presents justification for the actions that were initiated by him or by the party he founded.
The Qur'an
This book is the torch bearer of the Muslim community. One of the most influential books, its teachings are put to practice most religiously by the devotees. One must read this book to understand Islam and its meaning.
The Book of Mormon
Considered to be the holy book of the followers of the Latter Day Saint movement, it states on its title page that the purpose of writing it is to convince the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations. Translated by Joseph Smith Jr., this book portrays America as an exceptional land of promise. It further goes on to state that any moral society owning this land would be protected, but if that society deteriorated and became morally corrupt, then it would be replaced by a more righteous civilization. As of 2011, about 150 million copies have been printed, and it has been translated fully or partially into 108 languages.
The Little Prince
This book, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, presents the interaction between an airplane pilot who crashes in the desert of Sahara and the apparition of the little Prince. If you expect something akin to Peter Pan, then you will be disappointed. This is an imaginative work by an esteemed writer.
Valley of the Dolls
Jacqueline Susann, the writer of this novel, talks about the experiences of three girls who come to New York City to make it big. The book narrates the power play, sex, and use of drugs that go hand in hand with the ups and downs in the path of success.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
This book by the famous J. K. Rowling does not need any introduction. It is about Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort and all those things that go on in the land of Wizards. This book is about the magic; both children and adults enjoy it if you go by its popularity charts.
The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care
A handbook for new parents on how to take care of a newborn written by Benjamin Spock. The book gives information on the subject right from the basics of child care, thereby making it easy and comfortable for first-time parents.
In His Steps, What Would Jesus Do?
This book by Charles Monroe Sheldon talks about what it took people in the past to follow the teachings of Jesus, and what this generation must do to follow his steps. The book opens with the pastor Henry responding to the doorbell, and opening the door of his house to set his eyes on a man searching for work. The next day, the man passes out in the church, but not before telling how everyone was rude to him while he was searching for work and airing the question, "What Would Jesus Do?" The book narrates a chain of events that this question starts and transforms the pastor as well as the community.
Guinness Book of World Records
This book is as good as an encyclopedia of records in different walks of life, written by Mark C. Young. Since its first edition, it has been updated umpteen times to make it accurate. This is a must-have for those who believe in keeping track of how far human beings can endure and extend themselves.
Top 10 Fiction Books
Those who don't find the above list handy and are looking for fiction, the following list will give them a choice. The top 10 best selling fiction books everyone should read are as follows.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Stieg Larsson
Book of the Dead Patricia Cornwell
The Girl Who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson
The Best of Times Penny Vincenzi
8th Confession James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
The Quest Wilbur Smith
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
Top 10 Books for Young Adults
Young age is the right time to inculcate the habit of reading. If you are looking for a list of books for young adults, it is listed below.
If I Stay Gayle Forman
Princess of the Midnight Ball Jessica Day George
The Great Wide Sea M. H. Herlong
Trickster's Queen Tamora Pierce
Bloodhound L. A. Meyer
The Circle Opens Tamora Pierce
Grease Monkey: A Tale of Growing Up in Orbit Tim Eldred
The Lord of The Deep Graham Salisbury
The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Beautiful Creatures Margaret Stohl
Best Selling Authors
The following is a list of the top 10 best selling authors of all time.

William Shakespeare
Sidney Sheldon
Agatha Christie
Harold Robbins
Barbara Cartland
J.K. Rowling
Jackie Collins
Stephen King
Louis L'Amour
Danielle Steel
Georges Simenon
Reading books is an easy way to connect with different cultures and customs. Writers, through their books, can also connect the present with the future by writing about what the situation would be after say 50 years from now. A well-written book can stimulate the readers and compels them to take up an idea and turn it into reality. A writer called Verne Jules wrote in his book, 'Paris in the Twentieth Century' published in 1863, about the underground railways and today, it has become a part of daily life.