INFOGRAPHIC: The 20 Most Popular Books Throughout History

From Shakespeare to Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ here are some of noteworthy blockbuster books from the past

Though it may seem like an impossible task, the blog over at Global English Editing has taken a stab at compiling the 20 most popular literary works throughout time. Below is a fascinating infographic that goes as far back as 10th Century BC with I Ching and fast forwards to modern written works like Fifty Shades of Grey (sorry, history). So do you think these are the most popular books in history? Read the whole list and its fun facts and see for yourself!

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