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The 10 Best-Selling Fiction Books of All-Time

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Books have always been a significant part of our lives. In the US alone, more than 1.8 million books are sold daily. Despite all the distractions in the modern society it is incredible how people love fictional books and even get time to read their favorite books. There are many benefits of reading fictional books, and you should never feel guilty for picking up a fictional novel whenever you visit the library. One of the most obvious benefits of reading fictional books is that they are a source of therapy that has been used for centuries.

The best fictional novels have beautiful storylines and they are able to thrill us with captivating figurative language that keeps us engrossed and yearning to read the next chapter. In our latest article on the best-selling fiction books of all time, we have come up with some great fictional books that you will want to crack open soon. Whether you love a romantic fictional story or are in for gritty suspense, this list has it all. Read on and find out our list of the ten best-selling fictional books of all time.

10. Book Lovers - Emily Henry - 2 Million Copies

Emily Henry is one of my favorite authors, and in this utterly romantic novel, he is yet again at his brilliant best. Emily Henry always delivers interesting banter in his books, but Book Lovers was probably his best for many people. The book has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 on and is one of the best-selling fiction novels of all time.

9. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins - 3.5 Million Copies

I have never read any other book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but something about this book must have drawn me to it. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a historical fiction that tells the captivating story of Evelyn Hugo, who gave her final interview to Monique Grant, an unknown journalist. The book is a New York Times Best Seller and was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction in 2017.

8. Ugly Love - Colleen Hoover - 6 Million Copies

Nearly all of us can relate to romantic novels, which are one of the best-selling genres in the US. Although many people assume that only women read romantic books, research has shown that up to 9% of romantic novel readers are male. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover tells a story of a romantic relationship between Tate Collins and Miles Archer, who is an airline pilot. The book is filled with lots of love, humour, and heartbreak, and you are sure to get through a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the read.

7. Nightwork - Nora Roberts - 10 Million Copies

Nora Robert’s Nightwork tells a tale of a master thief named Harry who needs to pull off one last job while also managing to keep the love of his life from harm's way. The thrilling novel essentially talks about Harry’s character in the first half of the book while also touching on his relationships with his cancer-stricken mother and his love Miranda. However, the book, which was released in May 2022. It debuted at number one on the list of bestsellers in June. Furthermore, like any other Nora Roberts novels, there is no doubt that this one will continue to wow readers.

6. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens - 15 Million Copies

Where the Crawdads Sing was published in 2019, and by January 2022, the novel had sold 12 million copies, making it an instant best seller. The book, which Delia Owens authored, gives important lessons on how our childhood influences our behavior later on in life. The main character in the novel goes by the name Kya who was brought up in an isolated marshland in North Carolina. However, the book follows an investigation into the murder of a local celebrity named Chase Andrews from Barkley Cove. A film based on the story was released in July 2022.

5. Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - 80 Million Copies

Dan Brown has authored a couple of best-selling novels, and in 2005, he was listed as one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. One of his best sellers is a 2003 thriller by the name Da Vinci Code. Fans own 80 million copies worldwide. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix goes on to sell more, however. It's criticized for its inaccurate description of some essential aspects of Christianity. However, there is no doubt that Dan Brown made a massive fortune from the numerous sales.

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J. K. Rowling - 120 Million Copies

This book was published in the UK on 26th June 1997 and was the first novel in the Harry Potter series. By August 1999, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone had reached the top of the New York Times best-selling fiction. It stayed for the rest of the year. The book displays J.K. Rowling’s incredible imagination and humor. Furthermore, it has sold over 120 million copies and is definitely one of the best-selling novels of all time.

3. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery - 140 - Million Copies

This French novel is Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s best-selling book and one of the most translated books of all time. The book was first published in the US by Reynal & Hitchcock in 1943, long after the author had died. The book is available in other forms. This includes radio plays. With more than 140 million copies sold, it still remains a favorite among fiction lovers.

2. The Alchemist Paulo Coelho - 150 Million Copies

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of the few books selling more than 150 million copies since publication. The book has a brilliant storyline. Furthermore, it's an inspiring message. When you want something with all your heart, the world will conspire and help you to achieve it. The Alchemist has won 115 international prizes and is still on New York Times best-seller list to this day.

1. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - 200 Million Copies

This is good for historical fiction for those who enjoy wars such as the French Revolution. This book gives you an insight into what life was like during those times. A Tale of Two Cities is only one of two historical fiction novels by Charles Dickens. With over 200 million copies sold, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is the best-selling novel.

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Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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