It’s that time of year again: Time to comb through Amazon’s bestselling books list in search of the most financially successful novels of the year. Granted, many of the novels on Amazon’s list weren’t published this year: Classics like To Kill a Mockingbird sell consistently well year after year, and many of the novels on the list were first published in 2018 (or earlier) and continue to be strong sellers. The No. 1 bestselling book of the year, beating out megapopular memoirs Becoming and Educated, was actually Where the Crawdads Sing, which was published in August of last year.
That said, there were still four novels that were published in 2019 and managed to net a spot on the Amazon Top 100 Books list. In reverse order, here they are:
John Grisham released his latest novel, The Guardians, in October and sold enough copies in the weeks between to land a spot on Amazon’s top 100 list, though we aren’t too surprised: He did the exact same thing last year with The Reckoning. “Grisham has done it again. Such creative longevity is not that unusual in the suspense genre, but what is rare is Grisham’s feat of keeping up the pace of producing, on average, a novel a year without a notable diminishment of ingenuity or literary quality,” writes The Washington Post.