Some famous authors are primarily associated with only their most popular book. Others have a huge catalog of bestselling titles. How well do you know your bestsellers from authors across different times and genres? Take this quiz to find out how well you know famous authors’ most read books.
Of course, determining which books are “most read” is tricky. There’s no central place where all readers record what books they’ve read. The most used reading tracking website is Goodreads, but it certainly doesn’t include every reader or book. However, it is the best tool we have for ranking which books are the most popular among readers today. The answers to this quiz are based on the number of ratings on each book on Goodreads. From my poking around, the results from Goodreads appear to be pretty consistent with other platforms. But they are still admittedly imperfect, especially for non-U.S. authors and books from different points in history.
The quiz will show you correct answers as you go, but I’ve also included a full list of correct answers beneath the quiz. So don’t scroll too far down unless you’re ready for spoilers. Alright, let’s get to guessing!
Famous Authors’ Most Read Books Quiz Results
BE YE WARNED: Spoilers ahead!
I’m including each author below in the order they appeared in the quiz with their four most popular books in order of number of ratings on Goodreads. These numbers were pulled in February of 2023 and may have shifted since then.
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