The 40 Best-Selling Books of 2020

The best way to keep your New Year’s resolution and read more is to choose books that you can’t put down. And the best place to find these is probably on a bestseller list.

Stacker researchers pulled data from the New York Times bestseller lists on the Barnes and Noble website to compile a breakdown of 2020’s best-selling books in five different categories: hardcover fiction, hardcover nonfiction, paperback fiction, paperback – Nonfiction and “Advice, How-To and other things. “

When it comes to fiction, established thriller writers come first: novels by John Grisham, David Baldacci, Lee Child, and Michael Connelly are among the top 8 hardcover fiction. Less crime and more personal drama stories – like the latest works by Danielle Steel and Nicholas Sparks – are also time-honored favorites.

Nonfiction readers seem to choose memoirs most of all. Barack Obama’s A Promised Land took first place on the non-fiction hardcover book list, pushing Michelle Obama’s Becoming one point behind. They weren’t the only political figures who made the cut; Memoirs by Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Kamala Harris landed on the non-fiction list. Dolly Parton, the late Alex Trebek, and several other popular entertainers also had bestselling autobiographies.

But it’s not just celebrity tell-alls and high-stakes thrillers that have proven popular last year. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson made two lists: her 2020 book Caste took third place on the hardcover non-fiction list, and her 2010 work on the Great Migration – The Warmth of Other Suns – came seventh Place on the paperback non-fiction list.

If your New Year’s resolutions are less about reading than food, you may still find a useful volume or two. Ina Garten’s newest recipe collection, Modern Comfort Food, made the miscellaneous list. So does the official Dungeons & Dragons cookbook, if medieval comfort food is more your speed.

Check out the eight best best sellers of 2020 across all five categories via Newsweek.

Bound fiction

  1. A Time of Mercy // John Grisham
  1. Everything that shines // Danielle Steel
  1. Daylight // David Baldacci
  1. Fortune and Fame // Janet Evanovich
  1. Rhythm of War // Brandon Sanderson
  1. The Law of Innocence // Michael Connelly
  1. The Return // Nicholas Sparks
  1. The Sentinel // Lee Child and Andrew Child

Bound non-fiction books

  1. A promised land // Barack Obama
  1. // Become Michelle Obama
  1. Caste: The origins of our discontent // Isabel Wilkerson
  1. Dolly Parton, song plate: My life in lyrics // Dolly Parton
  1. Frontier Follies: Marriage and Motherhood Adventures in the Middle of Nowhere // Ree Drummond
  1. Greenlights // Matthew McConaughey
  1. No time like the future: an optimist looks at mortality // Michael J. Fox
  1. The answer is…: Reflections on my life // Alex Trebek

Paperback fiction

  1. Main body // Rupi Kaur
  1. Inside Chinatown // Charles Yu
  1. Milk and honey // Rupi Kaur
  1. Shuggie Bain // Douglas Stuart
  1. The Institute // Stephen King
  1. The Queen’s Game // Walter Tevis
  1. Then she was gone // Lisa Jewell
  1. This tender land // William Kent Krueger

Paperback non-fiction books

  1. Lichen of sweet grass: indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants // Robin Wall Kimmerer
  1. My own words // Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  1. Nobody asked about it // Cazzie David
  1. Shadow: A Tale of Two Presidents // Pete Souza
  1. The Body Holds the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in Healing Trauma // Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  1. The Truths We Have: An American Journey // Kamala Harris
  1. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration // Isabel Wilkerson
  1. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for Whites to Talk About Racism // Robin DiAngelo

Advice, guidance and miscellaneous

  1. Atomic Habits: A Simple and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Habits // James Clear
  1. Forgiving What You Can’t Forget: Discover How To Move On, Make Peace With Painful Memories And Create A Life That Is Beautiful Again // Lysa TerKeurst
  1. Hero Festival: The Official Dungeons & Dragons Cookbook // Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson and Michael Witwer
  1. Magnolia Table, Volume 2: A Collection of Recipes to Collect // Joanna Gaines
  1. Modern comfort food: A barefoot Contessa cookbook // Ina Garten
  1. The 5 love languages: The secret of love that lasts // Gary Chapman
  1. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse // Charlie Mackesy
  1. Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day // Jay Shetty

[h/t Newsweek]

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