Amazon.ca Announces the Best-Selling Books of 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is the best-selling book of 2015; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book Ten: Old School by Jeff Kinney tops the list for Kids & Teens books

Two Canadian authors earn spots in the top 20 Amazon.ca Best-Selling Books of the Year list, with three adult colouring books among the top 12

SEATTLE, Dec. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - Amazon.ca today announced its best-selling books of 2015, along with the list of best-selling Kids & Teens books — just in time for holiday gift-giving. The best-selling book of the year is the psychological thriller The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, followed by Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E.L. James. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book Ten: Old School by the perennial favourite, Jeff Kinney, is the best-selling Kids & Teens book and The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt is number two. Released for the first time by Amazon.ca this year, the best-selling book lists take into account first editions published in 2015 and reflect paid print and Kindle editions.

"There is truly something for everyone on this year's best-selling books list. From page-turning thrillers and relaxing adult colouring books, to laugh out loud picture books and action-packed young adult series, we are making it easy for customers to find the perfect gift for the book lovers on their lists this holiday," said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca.

The top 20 Best-Selling Books of the Year from Amazon.ca are:

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian by E.L. James
  3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  4. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book by Johana Basford
  5. The Girl in the Spider's Web: Millennium Series Book 4 by David Lagercrantz
  6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  7. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  8. Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  9. Memory Man by David Baldacci
  10. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  11. Creative Haven Creative Cats Colouring Book by Marjorie Sarnat
  12. Last Ocean: An Inky Adventure & Colouring Book by Johana Basford
  13. Silent Scream by Angela Marsons
  14. The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Into Reality by Dr. Phil McGraw
  15. *The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
  16. *Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
  17. The Crossing by Michael Connelly
  18. Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
  19. Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer
  20. Finders Keepers by Stephen King

*Books with asterisks (*) are by Canadian authors.

In taking a closer look at the list, Amazon.ca found:

  • Adult colouring books—a hot new trend this year—entered the list with three placing within the top 20. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book by Johana Basford was in the top five at number four and was also the best-selling print book of 2015. Johana was the only author to have two books on the list, with Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure & Colouring Book at number 12.
  • The top four authors on the list are female, with exactly 10 women and 10 men placing in the top 20.
  • Two Canadians, Louise Penny and former First Novel Award winner Andre Alexis, placed at number 15 and 16 with their books The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel and Fifteen Dogs, which also won this year's Giller's Prize.

The top 20 Best-Selling Books of the Year for Kids & Teens from Amazon.ca are:

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book Ten: Old School by Jeff Kinney
  2. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
  3. Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA by Jimmy Fallon
  4. PAW Patrol Phonics Box Set by Jennifer Liberts
  5. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  6. What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
  7. The Heir: Book Four of the Selection Series by Kiera Cass
  8. Theodore Boone: The Fugitive by John Grisham
  9. Queen of Shadows: A Throne of Glass Novel by Sarah J. Maas
  10. Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  11. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  12. Firefight: The Reckoners Book Two by Brandon Sanderson
  13. The Fate of Ten: Lorien Legacies Book 6 by Pittacus Lore
  14. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  15. Winter: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  16. The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett
  17. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  18. *When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
  19. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  20. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

*Books with asterisks (*) are by Canadian authors.

Fun facts from the Kids & Teens list include:

  • The top-selling print book was The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Dewalt, while the number eight book, John Grisham's Theodore Boone: The Fugitive, was the top e-book.
  • Sarah J. Maas is the only author to have two books in the top 20 with Queen of Shadows: A Throne of Glass Novel and A Court of Thorns and Roses at number nine and 14.
  • Series were very popular this year among kids and teens, with 13 books in the top 20 list being a part of a series.
  • There was one Canadian author in the top 20 list, Raziel Reid, who just made the cut at number 18 with his award-winning book When Everything Feels Like the Movies.

The collection of best-sellers follows the Best Books of the Year list, which named H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald as the Best Book of 2015. This curated list is determined by the books team and features their favourite books released in Canada in 2015. Amazon.ca also named the 10 Best Canadian Books of the Year and the 10 Best Books of the Year for Children and Teens. Topping the Best Canadian Books of the Year was Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt. The number one Best Book of the Year for Children and Teens was Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking by Canadian author Elin Kelsey. To view all of the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year, available in print and Kindle editions, visit amazon.ca/best-books-of-2015. For even more Best of the Year from other categories such as Movies, Music and Video Games to inspire your holiday shopping list, visit www.amazon.ca/bestoftheyear.

About Amazon
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SOURCE Amazon.ca

For further information: Andrew Gouveia, NATIONAL Public Relations, agouveia@national.ca, 416-848-1385


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