Amazon.com has compiled its annual list of the most popular books of the year. Yes, we know..the year isn’t over quite yet. It’s still 2015. The books below are the top ten most read novels of 2015 thus far, based on Amazon’s sales numbers. So take a look and see how many of the most popular fiction books reads you’ve read, because there’s still time to devour them all!
10. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
The first time I read a Kristin Hannah book, I pretty much lost a weekend of my life. I simply couldn’t put it down. When I reached the end, I cried my eyes out. (Mainly because it had a tragic ending, but also simply because it was over.) Since then, I’ve read every book she’s written. The Nightingale is unlike all the others. As good as her previous books are, this one is just special. It tells the story of two sisters during World War II, and gives us a rare glimpse into what Hannah calls “the women’s war.” I’m not at all surprised to see it on this list.
9. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
Okay, this one did surprise me. I guess I figured the most popular books of the year thus far would be more contemporary. (Spoiler alert: I was wrong. Big time.) Fahrenheit 451 is a classic. If you haven’t read it since it was on your required reading list in high school, let me refresh your memory: It takes place in a dystopian future where there are no longer any books. That’s hitting a little too close to home nowadays. I love my iPad as much as the next girl, but nothing will ever take the place of a book in my hands. (What did Ray Bradbury know back in 1953 that no one else saw coming?)
8. Paper Towns, John Green
Where to start? John Green is a genius, and this book is classic John Green in all its manic pixie dream girl, angst-ridden, quirky YA glory. I think that about covers it. The movie was also great, but try to read the book first. The book is always better. (I’m a writer. Did you really think I’d say otherwise?)
7. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald, how nice to see you here, old sport. Why do we have a feeling this glitzy, Jazz Age story of the torch Jay Gatsby carries for his long lost love, Daisy Buchanan, will be on this list every single year until the end of time? Maybe because it’s widely considered to be THE great American novel. It’s only rival for that illustrious title appears a few spots higher on this year’s list, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
6. The Martian, Andy Weir
An astronaut (who may or may not look like Matt Damon) gets stuck on Mars and must figure out how to survive until he gets rescued. This book will make you wish you knew more about science and math. At least it did for me, because if I were stuck on Mars and had to rely on my scientific prowess to survive, I’d be dead in 10 seconds flat. A fascinating read. (Plus, your survivability on Mars will increase by at least a minute or two by the time you get to the last page.)
5. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian, E. L. James
This is the exact same story as 50 Shades of Grey, only instead of being told from Anastasia Steele’s point of view, it’s told from Christian Grey’s. He’s either a sexy, wounded billionaire or a total psychopath…we’re still not sure which.
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
This is the only book that could conceivably beat out The Great Gatsby as the Great American Novel. It was an instant bestseller when it was first published in 1960, and it still is today. More so now than ever before, since its psuedo-sequel Go Set a Watchman was published this year. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most beloved books of all time, tackling civil rights, racial and gender issues, all told through the eyes of a child in the Deep South. If you haven’t read it, cancel all your weekend plans and get reading. Right now.
3. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See is about two children during World War II, an albino boy and a blind French girl. I know. It sounds a little implausible, but it works. In a really big, Pulitzer prize winning way.
2. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
I first picked up this book because it was marketed as “this year’s Gone Girl.” (And I love me some Gillian Flynn.) TBH, that comparison isn’t altogether fair. Girl on a Train is awesome all on its own. It’s a thriller that explores what happens when a woman who rides the train every day begins fantasizing about what goes on in one of the homes she passes on her commute. And it’s chockfull of unexpected twists and turns. It’s also currently in production as a feature film starring…(wait for it)…Emily Blunt and Jared Leto. So, yeah. Amazing.
1. Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee
No big surprise here. Go Set a Watchman is the book of the year. It was written in the mid-50’s and was the original manuscript Harper Lee first submitted to publishers back in the day. This is the book that eventually became To Kill a Mockingbird after many rewrites, revisions and editorial changes. In this version, Scout is an adult and returns to the South to visit her father. Back in Alabama, she struggles to come to terms with the social and political injustices of the town where she grew up. It’s a really different look at some of our favorite literary characters of all time, but it’s fascinating to see how the book changed so much from the original draft.
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