Amazon Announces Best-Selling Books of 2016

What with the year coming to a close, many ebook retailers are releasing their annual lists of best-selling and most popular titles. Google released their list last week, and I will be posting Apple’s ist later today (it is hidden inside iTunes, and can only be seen after performing the ceremonial curse).

Amazon released its lists today, with Chris Schluep, Amazon Senior Book Editor, noting that “This year’s best-selling list showcases the variety of Amazon readers’ tastes, from literary fiction to thrillers to memoirs.”

“The power of Potter is still strong, and readers of all ages can’t get enough of Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was the most anticipated book of the year, breaking pre-order records months before its release,” Schluep said.

Amazon’s top 20 best-selling books of 2016 overall are:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  3. The Whistler by John Grisham
  4. The Last Mile (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci
  5. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  7. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  8. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  9. The Black Widow: Book 16 of Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
  11. 15th Affair (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  12. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  13. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  14. Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne
  15. The Wrong Side of Goodbye: A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly
  16. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines
  17. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  18. One with You: Book 5 of A Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
  19. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  20. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

image by James Cridland

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  1. Rick7 December, 2016

    Where’s the nonfiction? Don’t people want to learn something while they read? Reading fiction is like watching TV all day..

  2. SHutch7 December, 2016

    #5, and #14 (and maybe #6) are both non-fiction I think.

    1. Frank7 December, 2016

      Hillbilly Elegy, #6, is a pretty good novel about the lives of the “hillbillies” and can help one understand why Trump is so popular

    2. Straker8 December, 2016

      # 2 is non-fiction.

    3. poiboy9 December, 2016

      #1 is a script, and not a book (funny since amazon has a list for scripts and screenplays) lol

      1. Nate Hoffelder9 December, 2016

        No, it is a book, just like you can get Shakespeare’s plays as a book.

        It might not be a novel, but it is a book.

        1. poiboy9 December, 2016

          no.. it is not. its a stage script. and a collection of plays as an educational anthology/textbok is exactly that. not a book but a collection.

        2. poiboy9 December, 2016

          you don’t read “the book by shakespeare”, you read “the plays of shakespeare”.

        3. poiboy9 December, 2016

          and to end this second round of our polite disagreement (the first in february when you announced the script’s release).. i’ll let JK support my position:

          1. Nate Hoffelder9 December, 2016

            She said it was not a novel.

            She did not say that it was not a book.

            the term novel refers to the content.

            The term book refers to the physical form.

          2. poiboy9 December, 2016

            wrong again nate.. sorry you’re having trouble with this a second time.

            1. Nate Hoffelder9 December, 2016

              Book – (noun) – a handwritten or printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers.


          3. poiboy9 December, 2016

            Script (noun) – the written text of a play, movie, or broadcast.


            and i’m still correct. not a book.

          4. poiboy9 December, 2016

            and i can do this all day, because i come from a position of fact and experience. actors don’t bring books to rehearsal, they bring scripts. you don’t study Shakespeare’s books, you study his plays directly via a script. you can put anything you like between a front and back cover.. it still doesn’t make it a book in the way people use the term in every day life. i think at this point nate, you’re just fixated with appearing correct. sorry about that.

  3. Steve Zissou7 December, 2016

    You know… you can actually learn things from fiction… it is not at all like watching TV all day.
    I dare you to read Dead Souls and honestly tell me that it’s like watching TV.

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