Best Selling Journeys of All Time

Posted on February 12th, 2014

I would expect many of the best-selling books of all time to be about journeys, but can I prove it? I checked out the list of Wikipedia and the Goodreads list on which it’s based. I decided to be strict and only include books in which the journey is absolutely central. So for example, I left out The Little Prince though he travels from his planet to Earth because he spends most of the story at one location in the desert, and Watership Down because the rabbits’ journey of re-location only takes up the first part of the book

  1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is the #2 all time bestseller on the Goodreads list
  2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is #4
  3. She: A History of Adventure by H. Rider Haggard is #8
  4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is #12
  5. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach is #27
  6. The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi is #33
  7. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield is #52
  8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is #62
  9. Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft by Thor Heyerdahl is #64
  10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is #65
  11. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is #80
  12. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel is #118 in Wikipedia. It just dropped off the Goodreads top 100.
  13. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes does not have sales figures but is likely to be very high up the list

 My scores

7/13 read.
2/13 dabbled with (I’ve seen the film of The Life of Pi and read part of Don Quixote)
1/13 never heard of before now. That would be The Celestine Prophecy.

On the other hand, I have read 30/100 of the best-selling books of all time, a higher than average score. The credit must go to my child to whom I’ve read most of the dozen or so picture books in the list!

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