Honestly, if someone gave me all of three guesses I bet I could name three books out of the top ten best selling books of 2014. And I bet most of you could easily get at least one. Why? Because the YA trend is only continuing. Sure there was that ridiculous Slate article (that I won’t link to) that said YA shouldn’t be read by adults. Or something like that, I never got around to reading the whole thing. YA sells. And maybe it doesn’t make up as much of the total number of books as some might think, but when you’re talking mega bestsellers we all know they’re going to easily make those lists.
Now time for the guessing game. Which books do you think were amongst the ten best selling of the year? Come on. I’ll give you a minute to think it over.
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Okay. For the purposes of this list Nielsen only included print editions of books, and hardcovers and paperbacks count as distinct titles. Which is why the same title can appear multiple times within the top ten. Now I’m just going to show you the list.
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (paperback)
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth (paperback)
3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (paperback)
4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (paperback)
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney (hardcover)
6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (movie tie in, paperback)
7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (paperback)
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (hardcover)
9. Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly (hardcover)
10. Looking for Alaska by John Green (paperback)
When I look at the list I see the same thing I saw on the Twitter list of the year’s most mentioned books. I see John Green on top of the literary world at the moment. And I see Veronica Roth trying to take his title. Want to know what I don’t see? I don’t see any surprises. No random self published book. No unknown author miraculously making the list. It was a good year for book sales, and it was a good year for YA mega bestsellers.
What do you think of the best selling books of 2014? Surprised by any of these?