‘I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship,’ Louisa May Alcott wrote in her popular book, Little Women.

These timeless words penned in the 19th century were very popular, and still strike a chord with readers today, so let’s have a look at some of the other books that have risen high on the best-selling book list.

The Bible, which is estimated to be the most widely read book in history, sold 5 billion copies within 160 years, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Figures are mixed as to how much religious books like The Quran and the Book of Mormon have fared, with one media outlet putting it at 800 million, and 120 million books ever sold, respectively. Yet, another outlet said The Quran had sold almost 4 billion copies since its inception, so opinions are mixed.

Some of the best-selling novels across the globe include some oldies like the 400- year-old adventure book Don Quixote, which has sold 500 million copies worldwide, to The Fellowship of the Ring, the first instalment of J.R.R.

Tolkien’s epic fantasy series, selling 150 million, according to Business Insider Australia. Other notable fiction varieties include: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and A Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, which have sold 120, 100 and 65 million copies respectively.

What about the Dictionary, with its origins from the 17th century? This somewhat plotless, non-fiction best-seller flies off the shelves at a rate of 10 million copies each year, according to the NEH agency.

And let’s not forget the kiddies. The best-selling books worldwide over time for children include Black Beauty and Anne of Green Gables selling 50 million copies each, as well as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, slithering marginally ahead of the pack with 55 million copies bought.

Check out Business Insider’s comprehensive list here, so you can be sure there'll be no room for boredom: https://www.businessinsider.com/best-selling-books-of-all-time?r=AU&IR=T#-1

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