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Best Selling Books of 2015: A Holiday Gift Guide of top-sellers

Overall 2015 had some terrific titles across the board but only a select few can call themselves the best-selling books of 2015. Amazon has announced the official list for this year’s hits, along with the list of best-selling Kids & Teens books and the Most Gifted Books and the Most Wished For books. All just in time for holiday gift-giving.

The best-selling book of the year is Paula Hawkins’ addictive page-turner, The Girl on the Train followed by Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E.L. James. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book Ten: Old School, by the perennial favorite Jeff Kinney, is the best-selling Kids & Teens book and What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss is number two. Harper Lee’s hotly anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, was the Most Gifted Book of the year. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, was also the Most Wished For followed by Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale. The best-selling book lists take into account first editions published in 2015 and reflect paid print and Kindle editions. To see the full top 100 lists of Amazon’s best-selling print and Kindle books of 2015, visit amazon.com/bestsellingbooks2015.

“What this list suggests is that Amazon customers like to be entertained—and scared! The creepy thriller The Girl on the Train is our best-selling book of the year, hands down, but Silent Scream, 14th Deadly Sin and Luckiest Girl Alive are no slouches in the category, either,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at Amazon.com. “It’s great to see The Nightingale perform so well; it suggests that readers continue to come back to novels about WWII, as long as they deliver stories of people and the difficult decisions that war makes them make. In addition to page-turning fiction there’s also engrossing nonfiction from top historians David McCullough and Erik Larson. The best-selling books of 2015 are full of great old fashioned storytelling. Truly, something for everyone.”

The 2015 top 20 best-selling books overall are:

  • 1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • 2. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E.L. James
  • 3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • 4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • 5. Memory Man by David Baldacci
  • 6. Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  • 7. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  • 8. The Girl in the Spider’s Web: Millennium Series Book 4 by David Lagercrantz
  • 9. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  • 10. Silent Scream by Angela Marsons
  • 11. 14th Deadly Sin (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson with Maxine Paetro
  • 12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book Ten: Old School by Jeff Kinney
  • 13. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford
  • 14. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • 15. Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Patterns by Blue Star Coloring
  • 16. The Liar by Nora Roberts
  • 17. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
  • 18. The Crossing by Michael Connelly
  • 19. The Stranger by Harlan Coben
  • 20. A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

The top 20 best-selling Kids & Teens books overall are:

  • 1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book Ten: Old School by Jeff Kinney
  • 2. What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
  • 3. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  • 4. The Heir: Book Four of the Selection Series by Kiera Cass
  • 5. The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel by Melissa de la Cruz
  • 6. Your Baby’s First Word Will be DADA by Jimmy Fallon
  • 7. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
  • 8. Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 1 by Herobrine Books
  • 9. Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner by Rush Limbaugh
  • 10. Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • 11. Queen of Shadows: A Throne of Glass Novel by Sarah J. Maas
  • 12. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • 13. Firefight: The Reckoners Book Two by Brandon Sanderson
  • 14. Winter: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • 15. The Crown of Ptolemy by Rick Riordan
  • 16. Dork Diaries 9: Tales From a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen by Rachel Renée Russell
  • 17. The Fate of Ten: Lorien Legacies Book 6 by Pittacus Lore
  • 18. The Ruby Circle: A Bloodlines Novel by Richelle Mead
  • 19. Theodore Boone: The Fugitive by John Grisham
  • 20. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

To learn more about the best-selling books of the year, visit amazon.com/bestsellingbooks2015.