Have You Read The 10 Most-Read Books In The World?

by Lindsay Shapka in , ,


Based on the number of books printed and sold in the last 50 years, this is the list of the top ten most read (English) books — along with their opening line — on our planet.

How many have you read? (No, watching the movie doesn't count!)

  1. THE HOLY BIBLE
    "In the Beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth."
  2. QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN MAO TSE-TUNG by Mao Tse-Tung
    "The force at the core leading our cause forward is the Chinese Communist Party." 
  3. HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling
    "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."
  4. THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien
    "When Mr Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magni- ficence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton."
  5. THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho
    "The Alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought." 
  6. THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown
    "Renowned curator Jacques Sauniere staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum's Grand Gallery."
  7. THE TWILIGHT SAGA by Stephanie Meyer
    "I'd never given much thought to how I would die — though I'd had reason enough in the last few months — but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this."
  8. GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell
    "Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were."
  9. THINK AND GROW RICH by Napoleon Hill
    "TRULY, "thoughts are things," and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects" 
  10. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK by Anne Frank
    “I hope to tell you everything that I could never tell anyone until now.”

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