While retailers around the world–both in the book industry and out of it–tend to carefully guard their actual sales numbers, bestseller lists are a different idea altogether. Amazon has released the lists of books by category and by overall sales rank that have sold the most so far this year.
While most of the top twenty titles came as no surprise, there were some newcomers this year, as well as a handful of self-published authors who ousted some of the most well-known names in publishing to take high positions.
There were some interesting facts about the list, many pertaining to the number three. This is Dan Brown’s third year to hold the number one spot, James Patterson holds three of the top twenty positions for three different books, and it is author John Grisham’s third consecutive year to appear in the top twenty.
The top twenty adult titles were:
1.Inferno by Dan Brown
2.And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
3.The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
4.The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
5.Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
6. The Hit by David Baldacci
7. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
8. Entwined with You by Sylvia Day
9. Never Go Back by Lee Child
10. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
11.Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
12. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
13.12th of Never by James Patterson
14. Damaged: The Ferro Family by H.M. Ward
15. Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly
16.Second Honeymoon by James Patterson
17.Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
18. The Billionaire’s Obsession: The Complete Collection by J.S. Scott
19. Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed
20. Six Years by Harlan Coben
Once the list is split up by genre or reading age, the names and titles shift somewhat but still continue the phenomenon of three. Self-published author Abbi Glines and Morgan Rice each have three books in the top twenty for Kids & Teens, but even stranger, the same three authors–Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, and Jeff Kinney–held the top three spots on last year’s list for their titles published in 2012.
For a complete list of the top selling books on Amazon this year, click HERE.