What Were the Top Selling Books of 2014?


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The top-selling books of 2014 included "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green, "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, and the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth: "Divergent," "Insurgent" and "Allegiant." The list also includes the nonfiction books "Killing Patton" by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard and "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand.

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In addition to "The Fault in Our Stars" and the Divergent series, sales of Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," Gayle Forman's "If I Stay," James Dashner's "The Maze Runner," Lois Lowry's "The Giver" and Martin Zusak's "The Book Thief" added to the dominance of young adult and children's fiction on the list, especially by those with movie tie-ins. Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Goldfinch," Liane Moriarty's "The Husband's Secret" and Christina Baker Kline's "Orphan Train" also became best-sellers, doing especially well in digital sales.

Other top sellers in 2014 included both "Gray Mountain" and "Sycamore Row" by John Grisham; "The Blood of Olympus," the fifth book in Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus series; John Green's "Looking for Alaska" and "The Best of Me" by Nicholas Sparks. The nonfiction book "Heaven Is for Real" by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent, published in 2010, also sits on the 2014 bestseller list. Like "Unbroken," "The Book Thief" and others, its sales spiked when it was adapted as a movie in 2014.

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