Well Read?

It’s the third day of the ‘blog every day for a whole week on bookstains challenge’ and I’ve been wondering which is the worlds most best-selling book..  The answer is surprising.  I would have thought it was the bible –  but it isn’t.  The sales of these  best-selling books are over 1 million copies.  They are-

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens  1859 sold over 200 million

The Lord of the Rings by J RR Tolkien  1854-1855 sold 150 million

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien 1937 sold over 100 million

 (Dream of the Red Chamber) Cao Xuegin  1759 -1791 sold over 100 million

And then there were None by Agatha Christie 1939  sold over 100 million


You could say that I have contributed to those sales, having bought and read ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.  Also rans  (between 50 million and a million) are;-

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’  by C S Lewis

She by H Rider Haggard

Le Petit  Prince (The Little Prince) Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

Steps to Christ by Ellen G White

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Heidi’s years of wandering and learning by Johanna Spyri

The Common Sense book of baby and Childcare by Dr Benjamin Spock

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

SHE is Ursula Andress

Out of those, I’m surprised to find that  I’ve actually read The Lion the Witch and the wardrobe, The Little Prince, Heidi, Catcher in the Rye,  Lolita, Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty and The name of the Rose.    I might add, that most of these books were read years ago  and of my choosing –  not through required reading.  My relationship to Dr Spock is a bit tenuous.  I am a product of his advice 😀 

Well how many of these particular books have your read?  More than me I bet 😀 – and what did you think of that list?

List from here and includes other interesting book lists

Heidi Book image from here
She image and book review here

2 thoughts on “Well Read?

  1. These are the sort of lists that get people arguing long into the night…
    I’m surprised that Dickens’ book is top. Had it been Oliver Twist or the such like I would have not.
    LOTR is one of the few books I’ve read twice. When I first heard classmates mentioning the name I thought they were talking about an opera or something, so took no notice. Then I came across it in a bookshop and the rest is history. My Number 1 book.
    The Hobbit is a lovely book to read to children.
    The Da Vinci Code I hate to say I bought and read. I quite enjoyed it but have since read so many derogatorary comments about Brown’s style that I could never read it again!
    Heidi, Green Gables and Black Beauty are not really MY type of story so that’s my excuse for only knowing them from film or TV.
    The Lion, Lolita, The Catcher and She I have perused.
    Fascinating post. I’m surprised other Dickens’ books aren’t there, or maybe an Archer or Cartland! Maybe Stig Larsson will be in future.
    I imagine some other sources may suggest alternative lists?

    1. Great to see you have read most of those. I too was surprised by a tale of two cities (though it was required reading at school – so that may have something to do with it) TLOTR I think you may have got confused with the Wagner opera called The Ring :-). 4ome good books in there and a few surprises. Glad you enjoyed this post 😉 -km answering this on my new phone so excuse spelling mistake (I’ve just noticed)

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