If you still have a few names to cross off your gift list this year, these 2019 best-sellers could be the perfect solution. Amazon Charts released its data on the most purchased and popular books of 2019 this week, giving you plenty of options to choose from this holiday. The busy traveling season is also coming up, so you can save yourself a few hours of boredom in the car, plane, or train, and load up a Kindle with these titles before heading out.
This year’s Amazon chart toppers are Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, which had the longest streak of any book at #1 on both the Most Sold and Most Read Fiction lists in 2019. The best-seller sat at the top of the charts for 16 consecutive weeks. You can also pick up Becoming by Michelle Obama, which held the longest streak of any book at #1 on both the Most Sold and Most Read Non-Fiction lists in 2019 (14 weeks).
You can find all of these titles, organized with fancy layouts and stats, right here on Amazon’s official promotional page.
In fiction, the most read options are Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens); The Guardians (John Grisham); The Institute (Stephen King); Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling); and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K. Rowling) as the top five. The nonfiction rankings for most read are How To Win Friends & Influence People (Dale Carnegie); Becoming (Michelle Obama); Take Control of Your Life: How to Silence Fear and Win the Mental Game (Mel Robbins); Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know (Malcolm Gladwell); and Educated (Tara Westover).
The most sold fiction titles this year were Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens); The Silent Patient (Alex Michaelides); Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama (Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross); Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K. Rowling); and The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood). The nonfiction options were Becoming (Michelle Obama); Educated (Tara Westover); Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals (Rachel Hollis); Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be (Rachel Hollis); and Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds (David Goggins).
You can tell there’s some overlap with most read and most sold, and that long-worded titles seem to be having a moment in the book market. Jumping over to Prime Reading, the most read books were The Bad Seed (Jory John, Pete Oswald); A Curve in the Road (Julianne MacLean); The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood); A Case of Need: A Novel (Michael Crichton); and Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel (Mark Sullivan).
Diving further into Prime Reading, the most borrowed books by genre are:
Business & Investing: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (Stephen R. Covey)
Literature & Fiction: The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
Mystery & Thriller: A Case of Need: A Novel (Michael Crichton)
Romance: And Then You Loved Me (Inglath Cooper)
Science Fiction & Fantasy: 1984 (George Orwell)
Young Adult: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)
The list should keep you busy over the holiday break if you need to catch up. As a Harry Potter fan, it’s nice to see that the franchise continues to inspire tiny would-be wizards. Muggles do love their books.
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