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).
Note: If you’re looking for the best-selling novels of the year that were actually published in 2018, you’ll find them here.
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.