Top 10 Most Read Books IN THE WORLD!

By Jared Fanning.

“Based on the number of books print printed and sold...”



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6 responses to “Top 10 Most Read Books IN THE WORLD!

  1. I have read the Bible, The Lord of the Rings, Gone With the Wind, and surprisingly, The Alchemist (I liked it) from your list. The others I have never heard of, or was not interested in. Does this mean I am not well read? 😉

  2. Interesting top ten. Take note of Chairman Mao and the Bible. Hmm. What do they have in common. Oops. Harry Potter I have evaded. The Lord of the Rings–now that’s much more than fantasy fiction. Think and Grow Rich–the title tells all. Or does it? A lot of folks are in need of funds apparently. I gather that several of these indicate marketing sales–The Twilight Series, The Alchemist and Gone With the Wind. The DaVinci Code? The Diary of Anne Frank.
    Now I’m thinking about books I’d hope to see on such a list.
    Hello Cindy.

    • They are all there because of successful marketing campaigns of one kind or another – for better or for worse. Harry Potter got a lot of kids reading and it’s not garbage. As a librarian, I would happily jump on another such beneficial bandwagon. I’ve never heard of Think and Grow Rich but I would wonder that the first word in the title wasn’t off-putting for those with such a priority. I don’t know what projected the success of The Diary of Anne Frank, but it may have been schools since it is one of the few war-related books that allows students to identify with a character, inspiring empathy.

      • I concur about The Diary of Anne Frank. I do recall the book being the first in a group of historical works in a high school English project at a school long ago. Apparently Anne’s Diary was acceptable. Wiesel’s Night started creating a commotion. A documentary containing actualll film footage by the Nazis running a concentration camp got just enough parents in an uproar that a real problem with discussing historical realities ensued. So I do believe the book is very very useful on many levels.
        Am aware that Harry Potter has given reading a huge booster shot. But the need for such makes me wonder why there’s a “need” when there are so many wonderful books waiting to be read.
        Such data is very intriguing to consider in regard to literacy and the critical thinking skills involved. Thanks for the post and your responses.

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