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25 Best-Selling Books of All Time - The Greatest Books to Read

April 6, 2018

25 Best-Selling Books of All Time - The Greatest Books to Read

Discover the ultimate reading list with 25 of the world’s must-read books. From the greatest novels ever penned to the best self help books and the most beloved children's books, these 25 books are some of the best-selling books of all time, from all over the world. Including translated books that are equally popular in their native French, Spanish, and more, this list will transport you back in time and around the world. Whether you like to read fantasy, self-help, children’s books, or classics, there is a book here for you. From classical Ancient Greek epic poems like The Odyssey to the phenomenal modern success story of the Harry Potter series, these are some of the best books to read.

Don Quixote


In this incredibly popular Spanish epic, Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading romances of chivalry that he determines to become a knight errant and pursue bold adventures, accompanied by his squire, the cunning Sancho Panza. As they roam the world together, the aging Quixote's fancy leads them wildly astray.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe


One of the greatest children's books ever written, this book is about the four Pevensie children and their magical adventures after stepping through the wardrobe into a world of talking animals and eternal winters.

A Tale of Two Cities


"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." With one of the most well-known and frequently-quoted opening lines, A Tale of Two Cities is definitely one of Charles Dickens' must-read books.

The Lord of the Rings


This iconic trilogy set the standard for fantasy as we know it today. Tolkien's masterpiece builds a tremendous world within its pages, filled with hobbits and wizards and elves - and of course, magic.

The Hobbit


The precursor to The Lord of the Rings is the similarly popular The Hobbit: a much shorter, simpler tale of Bilbo Baggins and his journey to help a group of dwarves reclaim their home city from the terrible dragon Smaug. 

The Little Prince


In this gorgeous gift edition of the iconic French tale, the original illustrations have been rendered in full colour and it includes a stunning new cover with gold foil design.

Harry Potter


This is a series that needs no introduction, as they are some of the best books to read for kids (and grown-ups too!). All seven of the Harry Potter books are international bestsellers, so we've put them all into one for this list. Explore the wizarding world with our Harry Potter hub.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


This classic tale of madness and adventure is a must-read book for all children, with iconic characters such as the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and of course Alice herself.

The Da Vinci Code


A man is murdered in the world's most famous museum. Around his body is a ring of codes, drawn in blood. He died to protect a secret which Robert Langdon must uncover. It will be a race against time to decipher this final message. Can he get there before the killers do?



Ayesha is a 2,000-year-old queen who rules a fabled lost city. She has the occult wisdom of Isis, the eternal youth and beauty of Aphrodite, and the violent appetite of a lamia. This edition of the 1887 classic is one of the best books to read if you're studying Victorian sensation fiction, and features an introductory essay by literary critic Regina Barreca.

And Then There Were None


1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war. Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. When one of the party dies suddenly they realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number.

The Alchemist


This is the charming magical fable about a shepherd boy travelling and searching for worldly treasure. In the Egyptian desert he encounters the Alchemist. This book teaches us to follow our dreams, reading the omens along life's path, and the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts.

The Odyssey


This new translation of the epic poem, and the first by a woman, brings alive Homer's tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic, and provides an introductory overview of the poem's major themes, controversial origin, and the scope of its influence.

The Catcher in the Rye


Holden Caulfield is a dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, and his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection.

Think and Grow Rich


Napoleon Hill, America's most beloved motivational author, devoted 25 years to finding out how the wealthy became that way. By understanding and applying the thirteen simple steps that constitute Hill's formula, you can achieve your goals, change your life and join the ranks of the rich and successful.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


Problems involving a man with a twisted lip, a fabulous blue carbuncle and five orange pips tax Sherlock Holmes' intellect alongside some of his most famous cases, including A Scandal in Bohemia and The Red-Headed League.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea


In this thrilling adventure tale by the 'Father of Science Fiction', three men embark on an epic journey under the sea with the mysterious Captain Nemo aboard his submarine the Nautilus.

You Can Heal Your Life


In this book, Louise Hay argues that everyone is responsible for their own experiences, tells how to lead a more creative and fulfilling life, and discusses work, health, success, and personal relationships.

One Hundred Years of Solitude


This timeless tale blends the natural with the supernatural in one of the most magical reading experiences on earth.

Anne of Green Gables


The classic first book in the Anne of Green Gables series follows the mistaken adoption of a trouble-prone orphan who wins over her Avonlea neighbors, forges a bosom friendship, and spurns the advances of a handsome boy who teases her about her flaming red hair. 

The Name of the Rose


Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective.



Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged, frustrated college professor. In love with his landlady's twelve-year-old daughter Lolita, he'll do anything to possess her. Unable and unwilling to stop himself, he is prepared to commit any crime to get what he wants. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? Or is he all of these?



Orphaned at an early age, Heidi has been brought up by her mother's sister Dete in Switzerland. Having been offered a job in Frankfurt, however, her aunt is forced to entrust her young charge into the care of her grandfather, the reclusive Alp-Uncle who lives in the mountains without any interaction with the villagers beneath.

Watership Down


Fiver's sixth sense is never wrong according to his brother, Hazel. They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so begins a long and perilous journey of a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home.

Black Beauty


Anna Sewell's much-loved and moving classic, told from a horse's point of view as Beauty undergoes a variety of experiences from his various owners - from loving and kind to brutal and cruel.

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