Many people watch a series that is usually three books long and move on to the next book or author on their reading list. Some authors, however, have series that are over 300 books long and that has helped make the top 15 best selling series of all time.
That made me wonder which book series is the best selling series of all time. There are some books that I was surprised to see on the list while others I knew I would see. What I was surprised about was how many books some of these series had.
Best Selling Series of All Time
- Harry Potter -J. K. Rowling
- Goosebumps – R. L. Stine
- Perry Mason – Erle Stanley Gardner
- Berenstain Bears – Stan and Jan Berenstain
- Choose Your Own Adventure – Multiple authors
- Sweet Valley High – Francine Pascal
- Robert Langdon – Dan Brown
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
- Noddy – Enid Blyton
- The Railway Series – Rev. W. Awdry and Christopher Awdry
- San-Antonio – Frédéric Dard
- Nancy Drew – Carolyn Keene
- The Baby-Sitters Club – Ann Martin
- Star Wars – Multiple authors
- Fifty Shades – E. L. James
Harry Potter Tops the List
If you guessed Harry Potter to be the top-selling series of all time, then you would have been right. The seven-book series has gone on to sell over 500 million copies. Even individually, the books would be pretty high on the list as they are some of the best-selling books of all time.
R.L. Stine comes in second on the list with his popular Goosebumps series. If you were a kid growing up, then you most likely came across one of 62 novels in the series by Stine. He released all of them in from1992-1997 which is an impressive feat. Even then, I didn’t realize how popular those books are.
Third on the list is the Perry Mason series by Erle Stanley Gardner’s series which has over 80 books in the series. I have never heard or read any of the Perry Mason novels so seeing it on this list and this high is shocking. Gardner published novels in the series from 1933 to 1973, an impressive run to say the least. Following that, The Berenstain Bears is fourth on this with 184 books by different authors with over 300 million copies sold. They were published under the title Choose Your Own Adventure.
Other notable series on the list include the Robert Langton series by Dan Brown, Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene, and the Fifty Shades series by E. L. James.
There were a lot of surprises on this list and a bunch of books and authors I never came across. The loyalty and admiration the fans of these books and authors lets them continue the series as they please. As most readers know, it is hard saying goodbye to a beloved character and with some of the series on this list, you don’t have to!
Which books surprised you or and didn’t surprise you? What books did you think would make the top 15 best selling series of all time list but didn’t? Let us know in the comment below!