Just ahead of the holidays, Amazon has released its annual Best Books of the Year list, selecting a non-fiction title for the number one spot for the first time since 2010. The list, curated by Amazon’s editors, includes both adult and children’s titles, as well as some other key findings from the staff.
Some notable findings about this year’s list include:
- The authors of the Top 10 books come from six different countries: the United States, Sweden, Ireland, Pakistan, Australia and Israel.
- Five debut authors’ works appeared in the lists for both adults and children.
- Through the end of October 2017, Kindle customers across the globe read over 91 million pages from the Top 10 book selections.
- According to Amazon Charts, on average, Kindle readers of Sourdough: A Novel read it in half the time of other bestselling titles.
- It’s been seven years since a nonfiction book was selected as the Best Book of the Year. The last time was in 2010 when the Editors selected The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
- Number of space exploration-related books in the top 100 and Children’s categories: 5
The top ten list for adult titles this year includes:
- Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
- Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid
- Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
- Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders
- The Heart’s Invisible Furies: A Novel by John Boyne
- You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
- Sourdough: A Novel by Robin Sloan
- The Dry: A Novel by Jane Harper
The children’s top three includes Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, and Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kittens by Dav Pilkey.