Pop books of the year

Here is the list of the most popular books sold by Amazon up to today; just in case you need any ideas for Christmas.

Eloise by Judy Finnigan (11 Oct 2012)

Bradley Wiggins: My Time: An Autobiography by Bradley Wiggins

The Racketeer by John Grisham (8 Nov 2012)

No One Left to Tell by Karen Rose (7 Jun 2012)

The Best of Matt 2012 by Matthew Pritchett (25 Oct 2012)

Rod: The Autobiography by Rod Stewart (11 Oct 2012)

One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon (10 May 2012)

Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin (8 Nov 2012)

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games : The Official Commemorative Book by Tom Knight, Sybil Ruscoe and Sebastian Coe KBE (19 Oct 2012)

21 Days to Glory: The Official Team Sky Book of the 2012 Tour de France by Team Sky and Dave Brailsford (8 Nov 2012)

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (8 Nov 2012)

Just a Minute Best of 2012 (Just a Minute CD) by Ian Messiter, Gyles Brandreth, Tony Hawks and Nicholas Parsons (4 Oct 2012)


I agree. I used to avoid best selling books seeing the top ten as a sign of mediocrity. I've loosend up with age though and enjoy junk reading from time to time. In France, Amelie Nothomb pops out a best seller every year and it's been years since she's written a book worth reading. Is it Her name that sells? Her publisher? Even bad reviews don't seem to hurt her sales. It's a mystery! I first heard of Hilary Mantel from a previous thread here and am now reading "Wolf Hall"and enjoying it. There are moments when/where? I'm lost between the characters , the who's who and the who's related to whom. That's my American education!

Pop lists as we all know don't give the whole picture. To be top of the charts doesn't prove quality. Often just a publisher who sees there is money to be made. I mean for me, and I know she sold a tn of books, but where is Hilary Mantel in this list?


In comparing the Amazon UK list to the Amazon US list I'm amazed that there are no matches. I'm tempted by the two autobiographies-Wiggins and Stewart!

Brilliant post Glyn. I could spend a fortune on books and Christmas is a good excuse...

Ian Rankin for me please.