Bestseller Stat Shot

We’ve got a category close-up on science fiction and fantasy on p. 40 this week, so be sure to check that out before cruising over to, where we’ve got two extended bestseller lists—one for the science fiction category and one for fantasy. To whet your appetite, here are the top 10 fantasy titles for the year to date, a mere seven of which are various editions of books written by George R.R. Martin.

Top 10 Fantasy Overall, Year to Date

1 A Memory of Light Jordan/Sanderson Tor Hardcover 289,850
2 Song of Ice & Fire (boxed set) George R.R. Martin Bantam Boxed Set 182,836
3 Dead Ever After Charlane Harris Ace Hardcover 178,543
4 A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin Spectra Mass Market 150,678
5 A Dance with Dragons George R.R. Martin Bantam Mass Market 130,945
6 The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman Morrow Hardcover 127,791
7 A Feast for Crows George R.R. Martin Bantam Mass Market 119,510
8 A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin Bantam Mass Market 114,163
9 A Clash of Kings George R.R. Martin Spectra Mass Market 94,357
10 A Storm of Swords George R.R. Martin Bantam Mass Market 81,022


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PW Radio

Luke Barr remembers the life of his great-aunt, M.F.K. Fisher, in his book Provence, 1970 (Clarkson Potter). Plus PW poetry editor Craig Teicher talks about the National Book Awards and the poetry long list, and fiction reviews editor Gabe Habash highlights the big literary fiction titles hitting this month. Listen here.