Saturday, January 2, 2016

Boswell Fiction Bestsellers of 2015

I'm a little delayed in writing this up, due to a family trip!

Hardcover Fiction:
1. All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr...last year this was #3 hardcover
2. Welcome to Night Vale, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
3. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
4. Dream Lover, by Elizabeth Berg
5. The English Spy, by Daniel Silva
6. Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
7. SevenEves, by Neal Stephenson
8. Secondhand Souls, by Christopher Moore
9. Days of Awe, by Lauren Fox
10. Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
11. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George
12. Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf
13. The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine, by Alex Brunkhorst
14. Purity, by Jonathan Franzen
15. The Jesus Cow, by Michael Perry
16. The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny
17. The Muralist, by B.A. Shapiro
18. Epitaph, by Mary Doria Russell
19. The Girl in the Spider's Web, by David Lagercrantz
20. The Whites, by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt
21. A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler
22. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
23. Bream Gives Me Hiccups, by Jesse Eisenberg
24. The Fishermen, by Chigozie Obioma
25. Christmas Bells, by Jennifer Chiaverini...only writer with two hardcover fiction titles listed
26. Trigger Warning, by Neil Gaiman
27. A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson
28. Girl Waits with Gun, by Amy Stewart
29. Prudence, by David Treuer
30. The Book of Aron, by Jim Shepard
31. A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
32. The Lake House, by Kate Morton
33. Leaving Berlin, by Joseph Kanon
34. In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume
35. The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro
36. A Winsome Murder, by James DeVita
37. God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison
38. The Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham...Gray Mountain was #32 of 2014
39. Barbara the Slut and Other People, by Lauren Holmes
40. Fortune Smiles, by Adam Johnson...with #39, one of four short fiction collections
41. The Knockoff, by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza...with #2, one of two dual-author collaborations
42. Dead Lands, by Benjamin Percy
43. Kitchen of the Great Midwest, by J. Ryhan Stradal
44. Summerlong, by Dean Bakopoulos
45. A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James
46. Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith
47. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule, by Jennifer Chiaverini
48. Slade House, by David Mitchell
49. The Improbability of Love, by Hannah Rothschild
50. The First Bad Man, by Miranda July

Top 5 non-event books:
1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
2. The Girl on the Train, by Paula  Hawkins
3. Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
4. Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
5. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George

Paperback Fiction:
1. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
2. Shotgun Lovesongs, by Nickolas Butler
3. Euphoria, by Lily King
4. Listen and Other Stories, by Liam Callanan
5. A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James...1 of X books on both cloth and paper lists
6. The Red Notebook, by Antoine Laurain
7. What's Done in the Dark, by ReSonda Tate Billingsley
8. Meet Me Halfway, by Jennifer Morales
9. My Brilliant Friend V1, by Elena Ferrante
10. The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Heníquez
11. The Martian, by Andy Weir
12. Shady Hollow, by Juneau Black
13. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
14. Almost Crimson, by Dasha Kelly
15. Again and Again, by Ellen Bravo
16. Etta and Otto and Russell and James, by Emma Hooper
17. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
18. Nora Webster, by Colm Toíbín
19. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
20. Let Me Be Frank with You, by Richard Ford...with #4 and #8, one of three short fiction collections
21. 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson
22. The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens
23. In the Realm of Time, by Scott Prill
24. Citizen's Creek, by Lalita Tademy
25. The Illusion of Separateness, by Simon Van Booy
26. Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher
27. All My Puny Sorrows, by Miriam Toews
28. The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters
29. Americanah, by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie
30. Lydia's Party, by Margaret Hawkins
31. Redeployment, by Phil Klay
32. White Collar Girl, by Renée Rosen
33. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
34. The President's Hat, by Antoine Laurain
35. Florence Gordon, by Brian Morton
36. We Are no Ourselves, by Matthew Thomas
37. Brave New World, by Alous Huxley
38. The Rosie Project, by Graeme of six titles that were on the 2014 paperback top 50
39. Lila, by Marilynne Robinson
40. Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi
41. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami
42. The Mersault Investigation, by Kamel Daoud
43. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
44. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, by Amy E. Reichert
45. The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan
46. What the Lady Wants, by Renée Rosen
47. The Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
48. Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger
49. The Husband's Secret, by Liane Moriarty
50. The Story of a New Name V2, by Elena Ferrante

Top 5 non-event books:
1. Euphoria, by Lily King
2. The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
3. My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
4. The Martian, by Andy Weir
5. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Brooklyn would have made the top 50 if sales were not divided between two editions. It's also likely that The Martian would be higher if multiple editions were grouped together. The problem is that I don't have time to collate these.

How did I decide whether a bulk order made the list? It could be a bulk order alone. If at least 1/4 of the sales were to individual customers, it counted. Believe it or not, Shadow of the Wind was all individual sales.

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