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Monday, October 2, 2017

You've probably heard of Harry Potter, but what about these other 9 books? Test your literary knowledge as you check out these timeless, top 10 books.

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Today's Random Fact:

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes: 500 million copies sold

This novel, published in 1612, follows the adventures of Quixote as he ventures into the Spanish countryside.

2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: 200 million copies sold

In this book, Dickens wrote the timeless phrase "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times."

3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: 150 million copies sold

Although we know The Lord of the Rings as a trilogy, it originally was published as one massive book.

4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: 142 million copies sold

Astronomers named an actual asteroid after the one the little prince lives on in this novel.

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling: 107 million copies sold

The British name of this popular novel is actually Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The U.S. editor for this book thought that "Philosopher's Stone" didn't convey magic overtly enough.

6. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: 100 million copies sold

In this legendary mystery novel, each murder relates to a line in an old nursery rhyme.

7. The Dream of the Red Table by Cao Xueqin: 100 million copies sold

This popular Chinese novel has an entire literary field dedicated to its study.

8. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien: 100 million copies sold

When this book was adapted to a movie, the film crew used all the gold paint in New Zealand when creating Smaug's lair. They had to import more from Germany in order to finish the project.

9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: 85 million copies sold

The idea of the doorway in this novel linking the real to the magical was used years later by J.K. Rowling in her series Harry Potter.

10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: 80 million copies sold

The Catholic Church publicly denounced this novel, making it even more popular.

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