How many have you read?

By Sarah Yang
Updated December 07, 2016
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When in doubt about what to get someone for the holidays, a good bet is always a popular page-turner. Luckily, Amazon just released its list of 2016 bestsellers, so you can choose from the most-talked about titles of the year. The online retailer also rounded up the bestselling books for teens and kids, all compiled from the site’s sales data.

This year, the bestselling book overall and for teens and kids was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling—hardly a surprise, considering it’s a continuation of the beloved children’s series. Mysteries and thrillers stood out, with nine out of 20 books on the overall list in that category. Additionally, the bestselling debut novel was Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest. As for the kids and teens list, over half of the bestsellers were part of a series, and three books on the list were Harry Potter-related.

Take a look at both lists below, and learn more about them on Amazon.

Overall Top 20 Bestselling Books of 2016

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  3. The Whistler by John Grisham
  4. The Last Mile (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci
  5. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  6. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  7. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  8. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  9. The Black Widow: Book 16 of Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
  11. 15th Affair (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  12. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  13. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  14. Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne
  15. The Wrong Side of Goodbye: A Harry Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly
  16. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines
  17. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  18. One with You: Book 5 of A Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
  19. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  20. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

The 20 Bestselling Books for Kids and Teens of 2016