According to Amazon’s list of 100 best sellers for 2019 in the US, ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens was top of the list, followed by ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama, and ‘Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.
As well as new books, some of the classics are still proving popular – especially amongst children’s books.
‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle (at number 16) is still delighting, whilst ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ by Doctor Seuss remains a favourite at number 25.
Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ also made the top 100 (at number 41), along with ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury, and ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald at number 79.
In the UK, the first two best sellers were cookery books from Pinch of Nom. In fact, there were no fewer than 11 cookery books in the top 20 (with many more sprinkled throughout the top 100), as well as several self help books.
The first ‘book to read’ was Charlie Mackesy’s ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ at number four.