Sunday, December 14, 2014

Amazon 2014 Best Seller List

Most of the titles I see on Amazon's announced list of 2014 bestsellers do not surprise me very much.  I think, in fact, what surprises me the most (and also makes me a little sad) is that nineteen of the books on the list sold more copies in e-book format than they sold in tree-book format.  

Here is the Amazon list, from top to bottom.  You will note that it is a mix of all genres, including children's fiction.  The ranking is based strictly on number of copies sold/

1.   The Invention Of Wings - Sue Monk
2.   Gray Mountain - John Grisham
3.   All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
4.   Twenty Seconds Ago (Jack Reacher #19) - Lee Child
5.   Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty
6.   The Target (the Will Robie series) - David Baldacci
7.   The Fixed Trilogy - Laurelin Paige
8.   The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus - Rick Riordan
9.   Top Secret Twenty-One (Stephanie Plum) - Janet Evanovich
10.  Killing Patton - Bill O'Reilly
11.  Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club) - James Patterson and one of his grunts, Maxine Paetro
12.  Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy - Ken Follett
13.  Shadow Spell (Cousins O'Dwyer) - Nora Roberts
14.  Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King
15.  Blood Magick (Cousins O'Dwyer) - Nora Roberts
16.  Field of Prey - John Sanford
17.  Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander) - Diana Gabaldon
18.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul - Jeff Kinney
19.  City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments) - Cassandra Clare
20.  Flash Boys - Michael Lewis

A Few of James Patterson's Grunts (co-authors)
There you have it: eighteen fiction titles (including one children's book) and two nonfiction titles.  Proving once again that genre fiction is what pulls in the big books, the list is not going to be very inspiring to more serious readers, but it is what it is.  At least people are still reading books, so I'm going to restrain myself from further comments about what it is they choose to read.

Oh, by the way, the book that sold more in paper than in electronic blips?  The "Wimpy Kid" book that came in at number 18.  


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