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Bestselling Books of 2008

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by swenk, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. swenk

    swenk Member

    I hope this is okay: I originally posted this on the Books thread but didn't want to clog up that great thread with this question:

    How many of these have you actually read?

    The sales figures are from Bookscan (Nielson ratings for the publishing business), which accounts for roughly 75% of total sales, give or take:

    1 Breaking Dawn Meyer, Stephenie 3,310,000
    2 Twilight Meyer, Stephenie 3,175,000
    3 A New Earth Tolle, Eckhart 3,146,000
    4 The Last Lecture Pausch, Randy 2,705,000
    5 New Moon Meyer, Stephenie 2,667,000
    6 Eclipse Meyer, Stephenie 2,563,000
    7 The Shack Young, William 2,551,000
    8 The Tales of Beedle the Bard Rowling, JK 1,822,000
    9 Brisingr Paolini, Christopher 1,312,000
    10 Eat, Pray, Love Gilbert, Elizabeth 1,274,000
    11 Three Cups of Tea Mortenson, Greg 1,099,000
    12 The Appeal Grisham, John 954,000
    13 New Moon Meyer, Stephenie 890,000
    14 The Secret Byrne, Rhonda 828,000
    15 The Host Meyer, Stephenie 794,000
    16 The Audacity of Hope Obama, Barack 764,000
    17 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Kinney, Jeff 721,000
    18 Eat This Not That! Zinczenko, David 706,000
    19 Rodrick Rules Kinney, Jeff 696,000
    20 The Friday Night Knitting Club Jacobs, Kate 683,000
    21 Dreams from My Father Obama, Barack 680,000
    22 Water for Elephants Gruen, Sara 638,000
    23 The Kite Runner Hosseini, Khaled 602,000
    24 Twilight Meyer, Stephenie 584,000
    25 The Story of Edgar Sawtelle Wroblewski, David 580,000
    26 The Lucky One Sparks, Nicholas 575,000
    27 Skinny Bitch Barnouin, Kim 565,000
    28 Playing for Pizza Grisham, John 493,000
    29 The Power of Now Tolle, Eckhart 489,000
    30 Twilight Meyer, Stephenie 479,000
    31 When You Are Engulfed in Flame Sedaris, David 477,000
    32 Cross Country Patterson, James 474,000
    33 Fearless Fourteen Evanovich, Janet 472,000
    34 The Christmas Sweater Beck, Glenn 469,000
    35 Nineteen Minutes Picoult, Jodi 461,000
    36 The Pillars of the Earth Follett, Ken 456,000
    37 Dewey: The Small-Town Library Myron, Vicki 449,000
    38 Marley & Me Grogan, John 444,000
    39 7th Heaven Patterson, James 441,000
    40 Audition: A Memoir Walters, Barbara 437,000
    41 The Hollow Roberts, Nora 9780515144598 427,000
    42 Twilight (with poster) Meyer, Stephenie 425,000
    43 Outliers Gladwell, Malcolm 420,000
    44 90 Minutes in Heaven Piper, Don 418,000
    45 Strengths Finder 2.0 Rath, Tom 399,000
    46 A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity O'Reilly, Bill 387,000
    47 Sail Patterson, James 383,000
    48 The Battle of the Labyrinth Riordan, Rick 382,000
    49 Gallop! Seder, Rufus Butler 379,000
    50 The Alchemist Coelho, Paulo 377,000
  2. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I read two - and Pillars of the Earth came out a long time ago - and bought the Sedaris book for a friend.

    I read at least 100 books a year but I had never heard of many of those authors, including the Meyer woman with several in the top 10.
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I read "Too Fat to Fish" by Artie Lange, which was released too late to make that list, but debuted at No. 1 on the NYT list. I also read Barbara Walter's Audition.
  4. pallister

    pallister Guest

    I feel good about having read none of those. Or even heard of most.
  5. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Zip. Nada.
  6. bp6316

    bp6316 Member

    Not entirely shocked that seemingly half the list is the Twilight series books. I tried starting the first one and it just wasn't my cup of tea. But clearly she's doing something right! *Also a tad surprised there are still people out there who haven't heard of her... ;-)*
  7. Just the Obama books.

    Also, I believe that Stephanie Meyer's books are essentiall TrueBlood if TrueBlood took itself about 1,000 times more seriously.
  8. bp6316

    bp6316 Member

    Now, I really enjoyed the books that TrueBlood is based on. Those had far more appeal to me than the Twilight series. But they are targeted at different audiences, so I guess that's to be expected. Even with the similar concepts.
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I thought there were only four Twilight Books. Damn.
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I've also read Dreams of My Father and The Secret, but neither of those came out in 2008.
  11. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Two books (5, 13) are called New Moon?
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I want to know how many of those 50 were featured on Oprah in some capacity, either the book club or the author as a guest. I'm guessing 15-20 would fall into that category, which is amazing.
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