Top 10 Most Read Books in the World

Can we say these books are the best? It is such a personal issue that I want your opinion. What would 3 best books be for you? Share your ideas here or Facebook.

How many of these books you have read so far?


32 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Hazal Didem YENER on August 29, 2012 at 19:54

    I’ve read every single book by Dan Brown. Never cared for Harry Potter or Twilight. Watched Gone with the Wind and The Lord of the Rings. Read The Alchemist. I’ve been told I should read Think and Grow Rich, but I haven’t had the chance to get around to it so far. I don’t practise any religion, but I was made to read a few passages from the Bible before. No idea about the other two. I can’t say these are the best books ever, and I don’t think anyone would. Among these I’d pick Dan Brown’s as the best one. I can say I am a good reader, and I don’t think one can have a book that he likes the best. You just read a book, like it very much, and then read another one and like it even better. That’s how it works. It’s the same with songs as well.


  2. The Qu’ran didn’t make the Top 10? Come on.


    • Posted by Hazal Didem YENER on August 30, 2012 at 19:29



      • Posted by Majid on August 31, 2012 at 01:04

        English is not the only language in which books are written. Or is it?

      • Posted by Talaat Gabr on September 4, 2012 at 07:34

        Agree with you sir . How can they ignore the Qur’an which read by many of the over 1.3 billion muslims and non muslims all over the world . The Qu’ran is read everyday during the 5 times daily prayers by millions of Muslims and you don’t mention it ! is really very strange .

    • Posted by Noha Abdalla on September 16, 2012 at 12:55

      Even if it did, it’ll not be up there looool


    • Posted by Arn on September 20, 2012 at 00:08

      Given the “quality” of the books on the list I’m kind of surprised it isn’t there myself


  3. Posted by Aneta W on August 31, 2012 at 11:19

    Really? They all seem a bit old (except for the Bible which will never become old, I suppose). I’m sure there are some new, popular books out there?
    Personally, I’m reading ”Inconceivable”, which is old as well but hilarious and I would definitely recommend it to other readers! 🙂


  4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the book (and most definitely not the Hollywood film) would be one of mine.


  5. Posted by Evelien Veldhuizen on August 31, 2012 at 15:44

    My first reaction is to immediately replace The Twilight Saga (why is that in this list anyway) with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.


  6. Posted by Lee Eisenberg on August 31, 2012 at 20:43

    “Think and Grow Rich”? Never heard of it. I recommend “Of Mice and Men” and “Being There”.


  7. Posted by Maria Antonietta Struzziero on August 31, 2012 at 21:15

    “Most read books” does not mean “best books”: that’s a crucial difference to me!


    • Posted by Avril Hilewicz on September 6, 2012 at 20:29

      An excellent remark. You’ve hit the nail on the head. In any case, taste is such an individual thing that what one person considers excellent may mean next to nothing to someone else. By the way, didn’t like the Da Vinci Code – too kitchy.


  8. Posted by hazal on August 31, 2012 at 23:06

    lI think “Momo” by Michael Ende and Little Prince are the best books I’ve ever read. They both makes us realize how little things in life that we’ve never thought upon before may be important for us. They are also really fun to read!!


  9. Posted by hazal on August 31, 2012 at 23:12

    And I thought Little Prince was the second most read book, following Bible!


  10. “The Lord of the Rings” is the only book from that list that I have read. Twice 🙂
    Personally, my 3 best books would probably be (in no particular order):
    Бахчисарайский фонтан (The Fountain of Bakhchisaray) by A.S. Pushkin
    Martin Eden by Jack London
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami


  11. Posted by Gizella Farago on September 1, 2012 at 15:44

    These are the 10 most read books? Twilight Saga? Da Vinci Code? Sigh. Da Vinci code was so badly written I had to put it down halfway through. Vampire stories about virginal teenagers and 100-year old vampires don’t interest me. Otherwise read everything but Think & Grow Rich (which I’ve never heard of).


  12. Posted by Jesús Álvarez on September 1, 2012 at 20:11

    I think “The Lord of the Rings” as the most tempting 😉 The Bible is amazing, but really hard to read.


  13. Posted by Ioanna Daskalopoulou on September 3, 2012 at 08:57

    I vote for Paulo Coelo’s “The Alchemist” !


  14. Posted by Lucia on September 3, 2012 at 16:36

    The Elegant Solution by Matthew E. May, The Idiot by Dostojevskij, Fighting Cancer by Erik Peper and Robert Gorter


  15. Posted by claudia on September 5, 2012 at 09:50

    At present I’m fond of Donna Leone’s crime stories, set in Venice. Written in good and easy English, they’ve been translated into many languages but not into Italian, that’s the author’s choice. Has anyone read them ?


  16. Posted by katerina turevich on September 5, 2012 at 14:30

    Lawrence Durrel – 4 books in a trilogy: Mountolive, Justine, Balthazar, and Clea – for the style of writing, and content.
    Seamus O’Mulgreavey – Bonkie (The Great Bank Robber) – for amazing collection of Irish/British slang and the plot.
    Strugatzky Brothers – The City Doomed – for amazing content
    Andrej Bely – Petersburg – for the same reason: And of course The Idiot by Dostoyevsky – but that’s more for personal reasons, although still a great book!
    These are the books I take with me invariably on any go away occasion, that means I have read and reread them all so many times. And I still wonder at the guts of all these writers above. And I still enjoy every single line in these books.
    As for the books listed: Lord of the Rings used to be my favorite for about a year in my teenage years. But so was Douglas Adams – all of his books – I don’t think I could stomack both of them now. The rest – excluding Anne Frank, and Gone with the Wind – required reading along with the Bible – I wouldn’t even know what’s it all about.
    Grab one of the books above and enjoy!


  17. Posted by Marija Dragojević on September 7, 2012 at 18:26

    I would certainly add – “The Great Gatsby”, F.Scott Fitzgerald! As the critics said, “the book with the most quantity of emotions, written in twentieth century”.


  18. Posted by Juliana Aldous on September 8, 2012 at 01:51

    The most read in this list definitely does not equal best in my opinion. I would hate to think after our civilization fell all that might left would be a tattered copy of Twilight. For a good list of some (and not all) of the best, check out Peter Boxall’s 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. My personal top three are Autobiography of Ben Franklin, Shakespeare’s collection, and Pride & Prejudice.


  19. Posted by Mary on September 11, 2012 at 21:51

    Anne Frank, da vinci code and Harry Potter


  20. Posted by Arn on September 20, 2012 at 00:10

    I’ve read many books in my lifetime, but none on the list above (OK, I did read parts of the bible, unfortunately). Am immensely proud of it.


  21. Posted by Linh Nguyen on November 7, 2012 at 08:47

    Harry porter, the Lord of the ring, the Da Vincy code, the twilight saga, gone with the wind, Think and grow rich. This maybe the list for youngers, not everyone.


  22. Posted by anita smulovitz on January 25, 2013 at 16:34

    Anne Frank , The Alchemist


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