20 most read books in the world – popular book bestsellers of all time



20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time The most popular books on the planet are, of course, the Bible and the Koran, the number of reprints can not be counted. But we will not include religious literature in our rating of the most read books.

Your attention – TOP-20 book bestsellers: masterpieces of fiction, which have become the most sold all over the world. Harry Potter

Released: 1997th.

Author: D. Rowling.

A series of fascinating tales about the young wizard Harry became the most popular in the world, and not only among children.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

Circulations of books translated into 67 languages ​​break records in the world book market: more than 400 million books were bought by Hogwarts fans only in the first 11 years after the book was published.

The sensational cycle of books became the basis for the films of the same name, after the appearance of which in the regiment of Harry Potter fans came significantly.

Have not you read your children about Harry yet? It’s time to fill this gap!

Lord of the Rings

Released: 1954-th.

Author: D. Tolkien.

No less popular than Harry Potter, a series of books (or rather a large book of 3 parts) about the fabulous ring of omnipotence has won many people (note – the circulation has already exceeded 500 million copies). The world of hobbits and gnomes, the terrible Mordor and the eye of Sauron, Frodo and Gendalf – there are hardly any people who would not have heard of them. Filmed on the motives of the books, the films became a pleasant surprise for Tolkien’s fans, although it is impossible to replace the writer’s books-even if it’s a high-quality one-with screen versions.

It is worth noting that Tolkien’s first book about hobbits sold in a solid circulation – more than 100 million. This history to the main books (“The Hobbit or there and back”) is listened to and read by children who have not yet grown up to the very trilogy.

One of the cult books of the 20th century definitely deserves its honorable second place.

Little Prince

Released: 1943.

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

How to say the most difficult is available and easy? Exupery knew – how, answering the most pressing questions in his book, instantly gained popularity right after the first publication. In addition to the most amazing fairy tale, the author gave the world his own illustrations, which are in different interpretations, but still appear in various editions of the book – by the way, translated into 100 languages ​​and sold over 200 million copies.

Da Vinci Code

Released: 2003th.

Author: D. Brown.

Only a few years after the publication of this novel, the circulation “exceeded” 81 million copies. The book is a bestseller, translated into 44 languages, and successfully filmed. No other book, written in the same genre of a thriller with an intellectual bias, did not acquire after such popularity.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

The author was able to masterfully tug at the invisible reader’s strings of the soul: even after 14 years the book is bought very actively and no less actively argue about the ideas put forward in it.

To a large extent, the book was advertised by Archbishop Angelo, who openly condemned this literary masterpiece.

Alchemist

Released: 1988th.

Author: P. Coelho.

A novel, understood by any generation, and necessary for everyone. A book that will become an ideal springboard into a new world of self-development. A cure for depression and a wind in the back for everyone who lacks the courage to move forward.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

One of the best-selling novels, the circulation of which has long exceeded millions. Fairy tale is a parable about the desire for your dream, published in 117 countries and written in an accessible language.

The novel “Alchemist” – among those most important books that teenagers must necessarily read

Green Mile

Released: 1996th.

Author: Stephen King.

King’s romance novel by popularity went around many literary bestsellers. The story of the prison block for the suicide bombers, which is led by the former, already aged warder Paul, brought many readers to tears.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

The book was filmed in 1999, and the film with Tom Hanks in the title role to this day occupies a leading position in the ranking of the best.

A novel with 100% effect of presence.

Gone with the Wind

Released: 1936th.

Author: Margaret Mitchell.

A screened novel, whose name is familiar to readers of almost any country. An amazing book about love (and also about friendship, devotion, betrayal …) that happened against the background of the civil war in the USA.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

World love of readers and 8 Oscars for the screen version, more than 50,000 copies sold on the first day of the release of the novel, 31 reprints and more than 40 million copies (however, this number is constantly growing).

If you have not yet had time to enjoy this literary masterpiece, do not deny yourself the pleasure – the time will not pass in vain.

Roman “Gone with the Wind” – one of the most loved and read female novels

Master and Margarita

Released: 1940th.

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov.

This fantastic novel for a long time could not be screened. “As if dark forces were in the way,” as the participants of the failed screenings told later. Until the moment, until the matter did not take Bortko.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

Roman, who absolutely does not need advertising, and who conquered the whole world.

A love story, a visual guide to human vices, a philosophical novel – everyone decides for himself what the book will become for him.

Three comrades

Released: 1936th.

Author: E. M. Remarque.

There are three of them. Three friends who are united by a common frontline past. Comrades who were thrown into the jaws of world wars, like other youth.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

But, contrary to the ghosts of the past and the post-war crisis, you need to find your way and fight for what is expensive.

Roman, screened in 1938 year.

Portrait of Dorian Gray

Released: 1890th.

Author: Oscar Wilde.

Scandalous and successful book from the author, which has become popular at all times. This is a masterpiece of English literature about a hero who desperately wanted eternal life.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

Roman was twice filmed, in 1945 and in 2009, but with all the beauty of movies they could not compare with the book.

“The Picture of Dorian Gray” – among the most interesting world bestsellers, which can not be torn off

Diary of Anne Frank

Released: 1960th.

Author: Anna Frank.

One of the most famous books in the world written about the Holocaust. The book first appeared in Holland, where a Jewish girl wrote memoirs for two years during the German occupation.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

Today this book, translated into 17 languages ​​and distributed worldwide in millions of copies, is considered one of the most popular in the world.

You will not find here the literary smoothness of a venerable writer – it’s just a diary written by an ordinary 13-year-old girl whose childhood ended very quickly.

The Catcher in the Rye

Released: 1951.

Author: D.D. Salinger.

Boy Holden – only 16, he is a classic “dunce” and a dreamer with a big heart.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

A story for which time limits do not exist – as a reflection of tens of thousands of lives of young girls and boys, free from frames, still dreaming and not noticing the near edge of the abyss.

Loneliness in the Network

Released: 2001-th.

Author: Ya. L. Vishnevsky.

A modern novel on the topical topic of human loneliness in the Internet age.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

Is it possible to test the table the same vivid emotions from falling in love with the web, as in reality? How deceptive are these feelings? And what happens when you decide to meet in real life?

The book, which became a bestseller, and which has not yet been able to surpass the popularity of any novel with a similar theme.

Pride and Prejudice

Released: 1813th.

Author: Jane Austen.

A real classic, timeless.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

World-famous work about a strong woman, completely free from prejudice, stereotypedness and even her poverty. Elite prose, which has become not only a classic of love literature, but also a whole lived life for readers – atmospheric, sensual and relevant at all times.

Monday starts on Saturday

Released: 1964.

Author: Strugatsky brothers.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

The book, deservedly considered the pinnacle of creativity of authors.

Psychological fiction, from which even those readers who even have not yet had time to get acquainted with the Strugatsky creativity are delighted.

Great Gatsby

Released: 1925th.

Author: FS Fitzgerald. Sometimes it’s better (and calmer) if dreams remain unrealized …

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

The book is about love and dreams, about the times of dry law and post-war rapid enrichment, fashion jazz and capital, which is not made in the most honest way.

Successfully filmed novel, in which the author was penetratingly and sensitively described his own love.

1984

Released: 1949th.

Author: George Orwell.

A heavy, but super-popular grotesque novel about the three powers constantly fighting (traditionally) over the territories.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

The book, thoroughly imbued with hatred and fears associated with totalitarianism. Control over people, over their thoughts and feelings, over desires, control of mind and rejection of any emotions and manifestations of freedom. The total lack of freedom, the worst of which, according to the author, there is nothing …

This book can not be read on the run – it takes time for comprehension and understanding.

Lolita

Released: 1955th.

Author: Vladimir Nabokov.

It was with this scandalous book that fame came to the author.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

Few people know, but the events described in the novel did take place in the distant 1948 year, in the United States.

Despite the contradiction in which “the loathsomeness of the plot” and the aestheticism of the whole novel come into play, it still attracts and draws readers to itself.

Alice in Wonderland

Released: 1865th.

Author: L. Carroll.

Who would have thought that this work was created by the author so long ago – in 1865-th year.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

The book, which has been on the top lines of popularity charts for a hundred and fifty years, has gone (and continues!) Around the world in millions of copies.

“Classics of Postmodernism” – this is how “Alice” was described in the list of the best fantasy books.

A dream in the red treme

Released: 1791st.

Author: Cao Xueqin.

A fascinating novel by a Chinese, world-famous author about 3 generations of the aristocratic Jia family.

20 most read books in the world - popular book bestsellers of all time

The book with a clear storyline, with elements of the author’s autobiography, supernatural incidents, intrigues and love lines.

A true literary masterpiece that has sold over 100 million copies worldwide.

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