6 Top most read books in the world

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6 Most Popular Books in the World

In this article, we are going to read the 6 most read books in the world. You may think that you can name books like Fifty Shades of Grey, any interesting book of Sidney Sheldon or any authentic Shakespeare story. But nope!! This article is going to surprise you a lot. Below I have made a bar graph that will give you a rough idea about the books I am going to talk about.

1) The Bible – Sold 5 Billion Copies

The Holy Bible is a sacred book in Christianity. As Christianity comprises the maximum population in the world after the religion of Islam. The sacred book is read all over the world at least once in a week, that made it the most read books in the last 50 years.


2) Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung – Sold 820 Billion Copies

Mao Tse-tung served as the Chairman of the Republic of China for 10 years. His Little Red Book is a combination of 267 aphorisms. He mainly focused on social issues including Class struggle, correcting ill-practices and “the mass line”. He is one of the modern thinkers in China who helped the people to think more evidently.

3) Harry Potter Series – Sold 500 Million Copies

Harry Potter is basically a series of fantasy fictional characters and their stories revolving around a magical world. The main character is a young boy who studies in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardly.

The writer of this amazing British- American based series is J.K Rowling. She gained sudden popularity among the readers making her work one of the most read books in the world.

4) Lord of the Rings – Sold 150 Million Copies

While writing this article, I realized that the majority of the population around the world enjoys fantasy based stories where they imagine and believe some extraordinary characters.

Lord of Rings is an epic novel written by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien during the mid 20th century. As the title says, it refers to the rings of the different powers that the main character wants to attain.

5) The Alchemist – Over  150 Million Copies

In the entire book, the writer Paula Coelha is trying to persuade his readers to look for their inner beauty and reality. The book “The Alchemist” is about a young boy who is a shepherd and believes firmly that his dreams are prophetic. The story takes a turn when he goes to a fortune-teller.

6) The Da Vinci Code – 57 Million Copies

The Vinci Code is one of the most famous books of all times written by novelist Dan Brown. The story revolves around a few university professors who are trying to decode the secret hidden in the paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci. The paintings have the answer to a mystery murder.

It is hard to have an exact list of most read books. The most sold books ever provide a good indicator to the most read book ever but it is not entirely accurate. However there are non- copyrighted books like The Holy Quran, the King James Bible, or the Quotations from Mao Tse-tung which have many more sales than are documented and not listed.