If you’re in fiction writing for the money, you might want to switch genres.
A cursory look at Amazon’s best-selling titles of 2018 reveals something surprising: Not a single book in the top ten is a novel. Only one can even be considered fiction, and that’s the tongue-in-cheek children’s book A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (ranked #2 on the list). The top seller, Fire and Fury, is also political in nature, with the other members of the top 10 being cookbooks and self-help titles.
Finally, at #11, the tides turn: Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved YA novel A Wrinkle in Time swoops in to bring hope to the fiction writers of the world. But the first novel for adults doesn’t show up until #15, and the fifth best-selling novel on our list doesn’t land a home until #40. (Ouch.)
Still, the best-selling books on our list are a varied bunch, with authors ranging from an acclaimed novelist to a former president. Here are the top five current best-selling novels for adults on Amazon (and stay tuned for a top-selling YA list in the near future).
1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng’s career thus far has been the stuff of legends. Her debut, Everything I Never Told You, was named Amazon’s best book of 2014 and became an international best-seller. Her second book, Little Fires Everywhere, is set to follow the same path: It hit the New York Times best-seller list immediately after its release and has stayed there for 42 weeks. Amazon selected it as the best novel of 2017, and today it sits at #15 on the best-selling books of 2018 list. A Hulu series starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon is already in the works, so be sure to snag a copy before the show is released.