Bestseller Stat Shot

So far, 2014’s been the year of young adult fiction. Overall print sales of children’s and young adult fiction have outpaced adult fiction by 14% —a far cry from last year, when adult fiction sales edged out juvenile by 8%. In fact, only four of the 20 top-selling books of the year so far are adult fiction titles. (Dr. Seuss alone has three books in the top 20.) And of course, no discussion of young adult fiction would be complete without mentioning the Divergent powerhouse, which sold 6.7 million copies in all formats last year and has seen sales grow in the weeks leading up to the highly anticipated film adaptation. Here’s how the categories have stacked up so far this year, along with the three top-selling titles from each.

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