We decided to investigate the top five bestselling books of all time (supposedly.) Unsurprisingly, three of those were Harry Potter books. So with this we decided to go for the top ten, and surprise again, Harry Potter managed to make up seven of those. Okay J.K. Rowling you did good. Even to go to top fifteen still only three authors were highly ranked. Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling and E.L. James, bit of a pattern here.


We thought the top five books would give us a good base for a blog on “books you should read at least once in your life.” It is pretty clear everyone should read Harry Potter.


So, instead of books, we are going to list the top ten authors whose work we think you should have a read of.


Now in no particular order here are our top ten.


J.K. Rowling – actually a good contender for number one. With 9 books in the top 100 best sellers she makes up nearly 10%. That is pretty impressive. If you have been living under a rock then you best go check out Harry Potter and her spin off books including – The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them.




Dan Brown – Brown has done good for himself. He is currently in the process of getting his eighth book published which will be out at the end of next year. How exciting!




Julia Donaldson – A favourite children’s author who just keeps on giving. I do believe she has upwards of thirty books published. What an achievement!




Jodie Picoult – is known for making us cry. A lot. I think you will all know her as the author of My Sisters Keeper. Picoult is also doing very well for herself with at least 25 books in print at the moment.




Stephenie Meyer – we might get some criticism, but we actually find the twilight book series rather well written. Much better than the films that have not done it justice. Clearly, Meyer did something right though, as she scored movie deals for all her twilight series books!




J.R.R Tolkien – again, if you have been living under a rock then you may need to go to a book shop sharpish. Tolkien’s work is phenomenal and also film worthy. With his Lord of the Rings series of books making it onto the big screen, with extra bonus footage galore. If only he was around to see how crazy the world has gotten over LOTR.




Jacqueline Wilson – every young girl’s bible was The Story of Tracy Beaker. An orphan who had a sassy wit and wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself. Wilson managed to touch on subjects that may have been slightly delicate but with wit and humour got the message across without making the books sad.




Bill Bryson – with nineteen books in print under is name, Bryson is doing very well. One of his books ‘a walk in the woods’ has been put on the big screen.




Cecelia Ahern – with P.S I Love You and Love, Rosie being under her wing, I can safely say she deserves to be on the list. Film deals are not the be all and end all of a good author, we don’t think that for one moment, but if it’s a film, it was probably a really good book!




Helen Fielding – she brought us Bridget Jones, we can’t not love her. Let’s be honest here, Bridget Jones has made a lot of women’s lives a bit better – you can’t beat good humour. She taught us that it’s okay not to be perfect all the time and big knickers are fab. Helen Fielding did a grand job with creating a relatable character.




And now a little extra, not included in the top ten as we kept the list mainly fictional (not on purpose) but one to note, Jamie Oliver, a chef, a food genius, ranks many, many times in the top 100. So if you fancy some good food, go check him out. We don’t think you’ll regret it.