Amazon Announces 2016’s Bestselling Books

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Cover

J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script topped both Amazon’s Bestselling Books of 2016 list and the Bestselling Kids and Teens books list. According to Amazon, the book also appeared on more customer wishlists than any other book and was the most-gifted book of the year. Announcing this year’s bestsellers, Amazon Senior Book Editor Chris Schluep said, “This year’s best-selling list showcases the variety of Amazon readers’ tastes, from literary fiction to thrillers to memoirs. The power of Potter is still strong, and readers of all ages can’t get enough of Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was the most anticipated book of the year, breaking pre-order records months before its release.”

For the first time in the company’s history, the top-selling book of the year on Amazon is actually a script. Amazon also pointed out that nine of the top 20 books of the year are mysteries and thrillers.


Top 20 Bestselling Books:

  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

Top 10 Bestselling Kids & Teens Books:

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
  3. The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
  4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  5. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  6. The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 2) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay
  8. The Crown (The Selection) by Kiera Cass
  9. Empire of Storms: Book 5 of Throne Of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
  10. Lady Midnight: Book 1 of The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
  11. Take Heart, My Child: A Mother’s Dream by Ainsley Earhardt and Kathryn Cristaldi
  12. Glass Sword (Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard
  13. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  14. A Court of Mist and Fury: Book 2 of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  15. Gravity Falls: Journal 3 by Alex Hirsch and Rob Renzetti
  16. Calamity (The Reckoners) by Brandon Sanderson
  17. Give Please a Chance by Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson
  18. Pax by Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen
  19. The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
  20. Broken Prince: Book 2 of The Royals Series by Erin Watt

For more on the year’s bestselling books, visit amazon.com/bestsellingbooks2016.




Rebecca Murray

Rebecca Murray

Editor in Chief at Showbiz Junkies
Journalist covering the entertainment industry for 18+ years, including 13 years as the first writer for About.com's Hollywood Movies site. Member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and President of the San Diego Film Critics Society.
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