Amazon Announces the Bestselling Books of 2012

Fifty Shades has released their official list of the bestselling books of 2012 in two categories: overall bestsellers (combining print & Kindle bestsellers) and Kids & Teens books. The erotic series Fifty Shades‘ third book, Fifty Shades Freed, took the top spot on the overall list and in the Kids & Teens books category it was book three of the Heroes of Olympus series, The Mark of Athena, that nabbed the top spot.

“This was truly the year of the billionaire bad boy in romance—Amazon readers just couldn’t get enough of the genre,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at “While E. L. James published the first two books in her Fifty Shades trilogy in 2011, so they aren’t eligible for our 2012 list, the series really took off this year and propelled the third installment and the omnibus edition onto our top 10 list. It’s also interesting to note that four of the five contemporary romance titles in the top 10 list, including the Fifty Shades trilogy, were originally independently published and went on to become huge best sellers.”

Top 10 Bestselling Books Overall

1. Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E. L. James

2. Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

3. Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-volume Boxed Set by E. L. James

4. Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day

5. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen

6. The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire) by Jennifer Probst

7. Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day

8. The Racketeer by John Grisham

9. Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay

10. The Innocent by David Baldacci

Top 10 Bestselling Kids & Teens Books

1. The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3) by Rick Riordan

2. The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7) by Jeff Kinney

3. Insurgent (Divergent) by Veronica Roth

4. The Serpent’s Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book 3) by Rick Riordan

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

6. City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare

7. While it Lasts by Abbi Glines

8. The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, Book 3) by Pittacus Lore

9. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

10. Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Book 8 ) by James Patterson


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