When it comes to book sales, Amazon is truly the Goliath of the industry: Roughly half of all books in the U.S. are sold via Amazon. But we started wondering: Which books sold the most copies on this online superstore? Specifically, which novels beat out all other fictional books this decade to take home the top sales spot each year? We dove into Amazon’s Top 100 archives to find out.
A few notes: The top-selling book of each year wasn’t always a novel; in these cases, we’ve indicated which book was the top-selling title of the year, regardless of genre. And while children’s and MG books sold consistently well throughout the decade, we kept our focus strictly to adult and YA books for this list.
Final position in Top 100: #1
Top-selling book of the year (if different): N/A
Stieg Larsson published the English version of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, his third and final installment of the Millennium Trilogy, in May of 2010 – and kicked a hornet’s nest of his own on the bestseller lists, as both The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and his first trilogy installment The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo topped the Amazon 100 list at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. The second installment, The Girl Who Played with Fire, ended the year at No. 5, surpassed only by George W. Bush’s Decision Points (No. 3) and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help (No 4).