Bestseller Stat Shot

Divergent has not only sold the most copies of any print book in the country so far this year (307,511 in paperback, and another 30,048 in hardcover as of Feb. 23), it’s also been the top-selling book in the country every week so far this year, except for two weeks in late January, when Robert M. Gates’s memoir, Duty (Knopf), bested it. This is a very different story from last year, when seven different books topped the chart in the same period. Here’s a comparison of 2014 to 2013.


Week Title Author Wkly Sales
1 The Third Wheel Jeff Kinney 42,592
2 A Memory of Light Robert Jordan 155,178
3 Proof of Heaven Eben Alexander 34,057
4 Private Berlin Patterson/Sullivan 37,325
5 The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Shigeru Miyamoto 58,728
6 American Sniper Chris Kyle 38,616
7 The Third Wheel Jeff Kinney 29,668
8 Alex Cross, Run James Patterson 63,140


Week Title Author Wkly Sales
1 Divergent Veronica Roth 40,857
2 Divergent Veronica Roth 36,826
3 Duty Robert M. Gates 39,480
4 Duty Robert M. Gates 39,480
5 Divergent Veronica Roth 34,881
6 Divergent Veronica Roth 37,047
7 Divergent Veronica Roth 42,764
8 Divergent Veronica Roth 41,771

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