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Best Selling Novels

While talking about 'foods for thoughts', it would be injustice not to mention novels. Here in this article you will come up close and personal with some of the best selling novels of all times.
Literally defined as an extended fictional work in prose, novels are much more than what they are simply defined as. Novels come in innumerable forms. Some of the common examples include romance, drama, science, political, history, etc; which may be broadly classified as fictions and non-fictions. It is common for readers to find the market flooded with myriads of novels composed by authors from almost every corner of the world. However, not all become famous or are spoken about after having been read. The basic elements which glorify a novel thus, making its way to be the best selling novel among the masses bear a thoughtful plot that hazily reflects an underlying meaning, a flow that never disorients the story and characters which fit aptly to the purpose, they have been mentioned for, in the story. So, here is a list of the best selling novels of all times, which have acquired tremendous appreciation and heartfelt praises from readers all over the world.

Novels - Best Sellers of All Time

Best Selling Fiction Novels
  • The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
  • Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
  • Eragon - Christopher Paolini
  • The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter
  • Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter
  • The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
  • Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  • James Bond - Ian Fleming
  • Star Wars - Various authors
  • The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
  • Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events - Daniel Handler
  • The Lord of the Rings - J. R. Tolkien
  • Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
  • Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  • Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  • Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
  • The Grapes of Wrath - John Steibeck
  • Grendel - John Gardner
  • The Final Empire (Mistborn, Book 1) - Brandon Sanderson
  • Immortality - Kevin Bohacz
  • Dark Matter - S.W. Ahmed
  • The Ship Who Searched - Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey
  • The Prometheus Project: Trapped - Douglas E. Richards
  • Nature of the Beast - Richard Fawkes
  • Cross the Stars - David Drake
  • The Exile Kiss - George Alec Effinger
  • The Second Virgin Birth - Tommy Taylor
  • Worlds of Tomorrow: The Amazing Universe of Science Fiction Art - Forrest J. Ackerman and author Brad Lindweaver
  • The Time Cavern - Todd Fonesca
  • Animal Farm and 1984 - George Orwell
  • Lavinia - Ursula K. Le Guin
  • A Meeting at Corvallis - S.M. Stirling
  • The Plot Against America - Philip Roth
  • 1633 - Eric Flint
  • Weapons of Choice (The Axis of Time Trilogy, Book 1) - John Birmingham
  • Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War - Newt Gingrich
  • Planetary Vol. 3: Leaving the 20th Century - Warren Ellis
  • In War Times - Kathleen Ann Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book I - Taylor
  • The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Ulysses - James Joyce
  • Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  • Catch-22 - Joseph Helle
  • A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh
  • The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
  • Enemy of God (The Arthur Books #2) - Bernard Cornwell
  • Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy - Mary Stewart
  • Lady of Avalon (Avalon, Book 3) - Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • At Grave's End (Night Huntress, Book 3) - Jeaniene Frost
  • Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA - Richard C. Hoagland and Mike Bara
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach
  • You Can Heal Your Life - Louise Hay
Some More
  • A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
  • The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life - Jehovah's Witnesses
  • The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
  • The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care - Dr. Benjamin Spock
  • Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The Hite Report - Shere Hite
  • A Message to Garcia - Elbert Hubbard
  • Palestine Peace Not Apartheid - Jimmy Carter
  • The World Is Flat : A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century - Thomas L. Friedman
  • Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone - Rajiv Chandrasekaran
  • State of Denial: Bush at War - Bob Woodward
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime - John Heilemann
  • Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage - Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan - Greg Mortenson
  • Have a Little Faith: A True Story - Mitch Albom
  • A Reliable Wife - Robert Goolrick
  • Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell
  • Just Kids - Patti Smith
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right - Atul Gawande
  • Open: An Autobiography - Andre Agassi
  • Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences - Jeffery Long
  • Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - And Themselves - Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • Riding the Bullet - Stephen King
  • Satan Burger - Carlton Mellick III
  • Dark Angel: Before the Dawn - Max Allan Collins
  • Dark Angel: After the Dark - Max Allan Collins
  • Dark Angel: Skin Game - Max Allan Collins
  • Blackwood Farm - Anne Rice
  • Blood Canticle - Anne Rice
  • Dracula - Bram Stoker
  • The Karma Hotel - Samineh Izedi Shaheem
  • The Help - Kathryn Stockett
  • Kisser - Stuart Woods
  • The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
  • The Burning Land - Bernard Cornwell
  • The First Rule - Robert Crais
  • Game Change - John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
  • Game Change - John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
  • Have A Little Faith - Mitch Albom
  • The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
  • Dear John - Nicholas Sparks
  • Push - Sapphire
  • The devil's Punchbowl - Greg Iles
  • The Truth About Lord Stoneville - Sabrina Jeffries
  • Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  • Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea - Chelsea Handler
  • Going Rogue - Sarah Palin
Whoosh!!! That is a long long list of the best selling novels of all times or let's say famous novels. It just doesn't seem to end! If you ask me about my favorite best selling novel, it would certainly be 'The Alchemist', and I am sure I don't have to back my choice with any explanation, as to why? I am sure this lot must be more than enough for now. So once you are done with selecting your favorite and the best novel out of these bests, come over again and you will find more! Till then, keep reading...
By Rajib Singha
Published: 2/4/2010
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