10. The Diary of Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as The Diary of Anne Frank is the well-known book written by a young Dutch girl, Anne Frank, when hiding for two years from Nazis. Mentioned everywhere in pop culture, this is both an educational and an enjoyable read.
9. Think and Grow Rich
Published during the Great Depression, this is a motivational/self-help book written by Napoleon Hill. The book really isn’t about making money, so much as generally succeeding in life. The book outlines 13 principles in the form of a philosophy of self-actualization.
8. Gone with the Wind
This is one of those titles we hear far before we ever learn what the title refers to. Gone with the Wind is a historical romance novel describing a young woman’s hardships following General Sherman’s devastating “March to the Sea” during the American Civil War.
7. The Twilight Series
Every teenage girl’s favorite set of novels, the Twilight Saga was an instant sweeping hit, featuring romantic vampires and werewolves. These four novels, while being incredibly popular, are also award winning pieces of literature. The films that accompany them have captured the hearts of millions as well.
6. The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code was a mystery/detective novel from the author Dan Brown. The novel is based on several other texts, proposing the possibility that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. It caused serious controversy among many religious groups, but nonetheless sold 80 million copies.
5. The Alchemist
Originally written in Portugese, this novel has been translated in at least 56 languages, making it the Guinness World Record champion for most translated book written by a living author. It follows the tale of a shepherd travelling to Egypt after a persistent dream of finding treasure there.
4. The Lord of the Rings
A widely popular movie and book series, this fantasy adventure by J. R. R. Tolkien follows the path of a magical ring from a humble Hobbit village to its central role in the War of the Ring.
3. Harry Potter
A series of seven fantasy novels which took their British author, J. K. Rowling, from impoverished to wealthier than the queen of England, this book follows the story of Harry Potter, a young wizard, in his epic quest to thwart the evil Lord Voldemort, who is trying to control the wizarding world and enslave the non-magical (muggle) world.
2. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung
One of the highlights of the great Chinese Cultural Revolution was a “Little Red Book” by Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, a revolutionary leader in Communist China. This set of quotes by Mao became one of the most printed books in human history.
1. The Holy Bible
This set of holy texts considered sacred in Judaism and Christianity is by far the most printed, and most stolen, book in all of human history. With over 3 billion copies printed, it is easily the most widely spread publication of all time.