You can’t go wrong gifting any of Amazon’s best-selling books of 2016 this holiday season


Amazon’s editorial team shared its favorite books of 2016 last month and now the online retail giant has revealed the best selling titles (print and Kindle) during that time. If you’re on the fence about what to buy the bookworm on your holiday shopping list, today’s announcement is a great place to start.

It should come as no surprise that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child took the crown as the number 1 best-selling book of the year. Even more impressive, it’s also the Most Wished For and Most Gifted Book on Amazon. The remainder of the list is pretty diverse, ranging across several different book genres.

Remember, you can gift Kindle e-Books if you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas present. And you can still save $5 on your next print book order.

Head below for a full look at Amazon’s 20 best-selling books for 2016…

The top 20 best-selling books of 2016 overall are:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  3. The Whistler by John Grisham
  4. The Last Mile (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci
  5. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  7. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  8. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  9. The Black Widow: Book 16 of Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
  11. 15th Affair (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  12. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  13. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  14. Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne
  15. The Wrong Side of Goodbye: A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly
  16. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines
  17. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  18. One with You: Book 5 of A Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
  19. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  20. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

More about Amazon’s best-selling books of 2016:

  • A lot of adults are kids at heart. The number one best-selling book is the same in both the overall and kids categories: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is actually a script; this is the first time a play has made the top 20 best-sellers list
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalathini and Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, both debut memoirs, are serious, eye-opening and a sign of our times
  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the best-selling debut novel of 2016
  • Mysteries and thrillers reign supreme in 2016; nine of the of the top 20 are from that category (ten, if you count romantic suspense)

Source: Amazon Press Release

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