December 12, 2014 Last Updated 11:26 am

Amazon publishes its 2014 best-seller list

Press Release:

SEATTLE, Wash. – December 12, 2014 — Amazon today announced its best-selling books of 2014, best-selling Kids & Teens books, as well as the Most Gifted and Most Wished For books of the year—just in time for last-minute holiday gifting. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is the best-selling book overall and John Grisham’s latest novel Gray Mountain comes in at number two. The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan is the best-selling Kids & Teens book, followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney. The Long Haul was also the Most Gifted book this year, while All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty were the Most Wished For. The top 20 lists take into account first editions that were published in 2014, consider only paid units, and combine print and Kindle editions. To see the full top 100 lists of Amazon’s best-selling print and Kindle books of 2014, visit www.amazon.com/bestsellingbooks2014.

“This year’s best seller lists include a lot of familiar authors and characters—over half of the books on the lists are part of a series,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at Amazon.com. “It’s also exciting to see our January Best Books of the Month pick—and Oprah Book Club pick—The Invention of Wings take the top spot overall. We hope all of these lists will help our customers explore great books this holiday season, whether it’s a gift for a loved one or a treat for themselves.”

wings-150The top 20 best-selling books overall are:

1. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
4. Twenty Seconds Ago (Jack Reacher, #19) by Lee Child
5. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
6. The Target (Will Robie Series) by David Baldacci
7. The Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige
8. The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
9. Top Secret Twenty-One (Stephanie Plum) by Janet Evanovich
10. Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly
11. Unlucky 13 (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
12. Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy by Ken Follett
13. Shadow Spell (Cousins O’Dwyer) by Nora Roberts
14. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
15. Blood Magick (Cousins O’Dwyer) by Nora Roberts
16. Field of Prey by John Sandford
17. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon
18. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
19. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare
20. Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Fun Facts:

  • Liane Moriarty, David Baldacci, John Grisham, and Lee Child also made the top 10 best-selling books list in 2013
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is the only book in the top 20 to sell more print copies than Kindle copies
  • 2014 is John Grisham’s fourth consecutive year on the top 10 best-selling books list
  • 12 of the top 20 best-selling books are part of a series
  • The Invention of Wings, All the Light We Cannot See, Big Little Lies, The Heroes of Olympus Book Five, and Flash Boys were also featured on the Amazon Book Editors’ Top 100 Best Books of the Year list
  • The best-selling book by a debut author in 2014 was The Martian by Andy Weir

The top 20 best-selling Kids & Teens books overall are:

1. The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
3. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare
4. Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans by Rush Limbaugh
5. The One (The Selection) by Kiera Cass
6. Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
7. The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
8. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children) by Ransom Riggs
9. Rush Revere and the American Revolution: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans by Rush Limbaugh
10. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
11. Minecraft: Redstone Handbook: An Official Mojang Book by Scholastic
12. A Day in the Sun (Disney Frozen) by Frank Berrios
13. The Staff of Serapis by Rick Riordan
14. The Finisher by David Baldacci
15. The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies) by Pittacus Lore
16. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
17. Minecraft: Construction Handbook: An Official Mojang Book by Scholastic
18. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
19. The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio
20. Silver Shadows: A Bloodlines Novel by Richelle Mead

Kids & Teens Books Fun Facts:

  • Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Jeff Kinney, Cassandra Clare, and Rush Limbaugh also made the top 10 best-selling Kids & Teens books in 2013
  • David Baldacci is the only author to appear on both top 20 lists with an adult book and a children’s book
  • The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio and The Staff of Serapis made the list with Kindle-only books
  • The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus, Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children), We Were Liars, Cress (The Lunar Chronicles) and The Book with No Pictures were all included in the Amazon Book Editors’ Best Books of the Year list for Kids & Teens.

To learn more about the best-selling books of the year, visit www.amazon.com/bestbooks2014.

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