Bestseller Stat Shot
Believe it or not, we’re halfway through 2014, and YA titles dominate in this issue’s roundup of the bestselling books of the year to date (see p. 5). Spoiler alert: John Green and Veronica Roth have had a pretty good six months. With only a few adult titles among the year’s bestsellers, we wondered what all the grown-ups have been reading (other than The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent trilogy). Below, we’ve listed the top 10 adult fiction and nonfiction bestsellers for the first half of the year.
|1||The Goldfinch||Donna Tartt||Little, Brown||294,391|
|2||Gone Girl||Gillian Flynn||Broadway||260,552|
|3||The Invention of Wings||Sue Monk Kidd||Viking||245,777|
|4||Never Go Back||Lee Child||Dell||241,731|
|5||Shadow Spell||Nora Roberts||Berkley||239,820|
|6||Orphan Train||Christina Baker Kline||Morrow||225,696|
|7||The Target||David Baldacci||Grand Central||198,743|
|9||Daddy’s Gone A Hunting||Mary Higgins Clark||Pocket Books||192,306|
|10||Unlucky 13||Patterson/Paetro||Little, Brown||191,316|
|1||Jesus Calling||Sarah Young||Thomas Nelson||364,150|
|2||Heaven Is for Real||Todd Burpo||Thomas Nelson||342,384|
|3||Heaven Is for Real (movie tie-in)||Todd Burpo||Thomas Nelson||333,267|
|4||Strengths Finder 2.0||Tom Rath||Gallup||253,850|
|5||Duty||Robert M. Gates||Knopf||219,018|
|6||Killing Jesus||O’Reilly/Dugard||Henry Holt||215,674|
|7||Grain Brain||David Perlmutter||Little, Brown||185,130|
|8||The Five Love Languages||Gary Chapman||Northfield||184,191|
|9||Flash Boys||Michael Lewis||Norton||177,641|
|10||Things That Matter||Charles Krauthammer||Crown||168,540|
Source: Nielsen BookScan, unit sales through June 29, 2014
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