-The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd topped the 2014 Amazon bestsellers list, which the e-giant released this morning. The selection is composed of the frontlist titles published in 2014 that moved the most copies, including both ebook and print edition purchases. John Grisham’s Gray Mountain nabbed second place, followed by Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See—also the most wished for book this year. Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher novel, Twenty Seconds Ago and Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies rounded out the overall top five. The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan was the number one bestselling kids/teen book, and the children’s hit Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney was most-gifted overall. [Publishers Weekly]
-Meanwhile, The New York Times published its list of the year’s best book covers. Blechman explains some of his top picks:
I love the fusion of type and illustration for Jeff VanderMeer’s Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy; the playfulness of Mariner Books’ Italo Calvino series; the emotional rawness of Dinaw Mengestu’s All Our Names; the mysterious polygon for Your Face in Mine, by Jess Row; the vandalized cover of John Beckman’s American Fun… All these show that book design remains vibrant and essential.
-One more literary list for you to enjoy: A list of the books people do and don’t finish. Ebook platform Kobo released a year-end sales report, including which books its readers read in full. Romance titles kept British readers’ attention the longest—62 percent of the titles downloaded in that genre were read start to finish. Crime/thriller novels and fantasy novels came in a close second and third, though, with completion rates of 61 percent and 60 percent, respectively. A chart-topping 83 percent of U.K. readers finished Rotten to the Core, self-published by author Casey Kelleher—who just signed a one-book deal with Amazon’s U.K. imprint Thomas & Mercer. Equally fascinating are the books people don’t read cover to cover—for example, 55 percent of people who purchased bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt didn’t finish the 800-page tome. [The Bookseller]