January 22, 2015 - Top Titles

This is very unusual. Most weeks I have more new books to choose from to tell you about than there is space to do so. This week that is not the case. These week there are only five – yes five—books to tell you about. So let me tell you about some interesting year-end book publishing information.

The top 10 best-sellers for print titles in 2014 were: 

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (trade paperback) 
  2. The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  5. Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly
  6. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Movie Tie-in) 
  9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Hardcover)
  10. Frozen by Victoria Saxon.

Notice anything interesting here aside from the fact that “The Fault in Our Stars” holds three of the top ten slots in different formats? Only two of the books are adult titles “The Gone Girl” and “Killing Patton”. The rest are young adult titles with two of those aimed at middle school or slightly younger children. So it looks like young people are reading actual, physical books and are being lead to those titles by movies.

The top 10 Kindle titles are as follows:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  6. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  7. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
  8. If I stay by Gayle Forman
  9. Orphan Train by Christine Bake Kline
  10. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Of this list five are young adult (four from the print list and “If I stay”) which means five of the top sellers on Kindle are adult titles. So, does this mean that more adults are reading ebooks and more young adults are reading print? Hard to know, but it certainly is interesting. In the meantime, I’ve now filled up a few more column inches and will leave you to scroll down the page to the five paltry, new books we have for you this week. Enjoy!

  • cover art The last american vampire / by Seth Grahame-Smith. The sequel to the best-selling “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” follows the offbeat historical experiences of Reconstruction-era vampire Henry Sturges.
  • cover art West of sunset / by Stewart O’Nan. A tale inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's last years in Hollywood finds him reflecting on past events at the height of the Jazz Age while falling in love, struggling to hold his family together and penning “The Last Tycoon”. By the best-selling author of “Last Night at the Lobster”.
  • cover art Cold cold heart / by Tami Hoag. Struggling with PTSD, memory loss and dark flashbacks a year after escaping a notorious serial killer, television reporter Dana Nolan uses her investigative skills to reclaim the missing pieces of her life and begins questioning everything she thought she believed. By the best-selling author of “The 9th Girl”.