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1. "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline

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In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

2. "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng

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In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned — from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren — an enigmatic artist and single mother — who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

Note: we voted this one of the 29 best books we read in 2018.

3. "The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn

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Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times... and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

4. "The President Is Missing" by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

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"The President Is Missing" confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view...

Set over the course of three days, The President Is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years.

5. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

6. "The Great Alone" by Kristin Hannah

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Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. A story of a family in crisis struggling to survive at the edge of the world, it is also a story of young and enduring love. Cora Allbright and her husband Ernt, a recently returned Vietnam veteran scarred by the war, uproot their thirteen year old daughter Leni to start a new life in Alaska. Utterly unprepared for the weather and the isolation, but welcomed by the close-knit community, they fight to build a home in this harsh, beautiful wilderness.

At once an epic story of human survival and love, and an intimate portrait of a family tested beyond endurance, The Great Alone offers a glimpse into a vanishing way of life in America. With her trademark combination of elegant prose and deeply drawn characters, Kristin Hannah has delivered an enormously powerful story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the remarkable and enduring strength of women.

7. "The Outsider" by Stephen King

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An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

8. "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate

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Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals — in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country — Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

9. "Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan

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When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

10. "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

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"The Handmaid’s Tale" is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a mono-theocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. "The Handmaid’s Tale" is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

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What is the most popular fiction book right now? ›

  • You Like It Darker by Stephen King. A dozen short stories that explore darkness in literal and metaphorical forms.
  • The Women by Kristin Hannah. ...
  • Mind Games by Nora Roberts. ...
  • Heavenbreaker by Sara Wolf. ...
  • Funny Story by Emily Henry. ...
  • One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware. ...
  • Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros. ...
  • Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros.
6 days ago

What is the #1 book in the world? ›

The Bible — 5 to 7 billion

The site says that 6.4 Bibles are sold every 10 seconds. The Guinness Book of World Records highlights a 2021 study by the British and Foreign Bible Society that offered a similar figure. It suggests the total number of Bibles printed is most likely between 5 and 7 billion copies.

What is the number one best-selling book this week? ›

Combined Print & E-Book Fiction
  • New this week. YOU LIKE IT DARKER. by Stephen King. ...
  • New this week. MIND GAMES. by Nora Roberts. ...
  • 16 weeks on the list. THE WOMEN. by Kristin Hannah. ...
  • 5 weeks on the list. FUNNY STORY. by Emily Henry. ...
  • 125 weeks on the list. IT ENDS WITH US. by Colleen Hoover.

What books have a 5 star rating on Goodreads? ›

Popular 5 Star Ratings Books
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Taylor Jenkins Reid.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone J.K. Rowling.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling.

What's everyone reading right now? ›

And to find out what's trending right now, check out Today's Top Books.
  • The Wealth of Shadows. by Graham Moore. ...
  • Chain Gang All Stars. by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. ...
  • Maine. by J. ...
  • Everything We Never Said. by Sloan Harlow. ...
  • The Algebra of Wealth. ...
  • Seven Summers. ...
  • The Anxious Generation. ...
  • Night Watch (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

What is the most popular book in the world in 2024? ›

Top 10 Selling Books – 2024 Year To Date
1Dog Man: the Scarlet ShedderScholastic Books
2The WomenMacmillan
3A Court of Thorns and RosesMacmillan
4House of Flame and ShadowMacmillan
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What is the number one most sold book? ›

According to Guinness World Records as of 1995, the Bible is the best sold book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed. Sales estimates for other printed religious texts include at least 800 million copies for the Qur'an and 190 million copies for the Book of Mormon.

What type of books sell the most on Amazon? ›

Consider textbooks, rare topics, niche topics such as old comic books, or other non-fiction books. Mass-produced fiction books tend to lose their value faster than non-fiction books so they're typically not worth selling on Amazon.

What is an Amazon #1 best seller? ›

Amazon's A9 algorithm determines the search ranking of a product. The #1 Amazon best seller badge is awarded to the product that has the highest number of sales in a specific category. Besides, Amazon's A9 algorithm updates the best sellers rank (BSR) every hour.

What books are on the New York Times bestseller list right now? ›

Current List of New York Times Best Sellers
  • You Like It Darker by Stephen King. ...
  • The Women by Kristin Hannah. ...
  • Mind Games by Nora Roberts. ...
  • Heaven Breaker by Sara Wolf. ...
  • Funny Story by Emily Henry. ...
  • One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware. ...
  • Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros. ...
  • Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros.

Who is the most popular author right now? ›

Stephan King and John Grisham are the most popular contemporary fiction writers in the United States.

What is the most popular genre of fiction right now? ›

Crime/thriller and romance seem to be the two most popular genres for fiction books. They are always competing for the top spot. It has to do with the emotions they evoke. While romance gives readers a warm, fuzzy feeling inside, thrillers engulf the reader in the darker side of life.

What is the current most popular book series? ›

1. Harry Potter Series By J.K. Rowling.

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