Best Selling Books of 2016

Best Selling Books of 2016

Best selling books.

Whether you are a book lover who wants something for the winter break or someone whose new year’s resolution is going to be to start reading books, here is a list of the top 10 best selling books for you to select from.

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

    Genre: Fantasy, Drama.

    At the first position comes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Without a doubt it was the most talked about book in the year 2016. Cursed Child starts off right where Deathly Hallows left, at King’s Cross Station with Harry giving his son, Albus a talk about which house he might end up in.

    With reviews being different from person to person, the buzz this book created could not be matched by any other on the list.

  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Genre: Autobiography.

Finishing second overall and first in the section of autobiographies in the year 2016 was the life account of Neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, who at the age of 36 was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. The book revolves around how Kalanithi went from treating patients to being one.

Kalanithi started working on the book after he was diagnosed with the cancer, and talks about how it changed his take on various things in life when he had death staring him in the eyes. Kalanithi unfortunately passed away before the completion of the book, but his wife took on from where he left and has written the epilogue of the book. With the help of his book his legacy and words continue to live on.

  1. The Whistler by John Grisham

    Genre: Legal Thriller

    John Grisham isn’t new to being a part of best seller lists. With many of his books in the past making it to the top of such lists. His latest entry to the list is with the book “The Whsitler”.

    The book revolves around Judicial system’s corruption and dishonesty. The book has received great reviews from both long time Grisham fans and first time readers. It is , in classic Grisham style, a high suspense thriller which captivates the readers.

    The plot of the book is about an unknown source that contacts the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct claiming to have sensitive information regarding the crimes and corruption of a renowned judge. Investegator Lacy Stoltz is assigned the case investigation. During the investigation she must track down the unknown source, verify the information given to her and then build case against the the judge in question.

  2. The Last Mile by David Baldacci

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

FBI’s newly hired detective Amos Decker’s attention is caught by a certain case after he notices an uncanny resemblance between himself and a convict on death row, Melvin Mars.

Melvin mars is convicted for killing his parents twenty years ago and Is counting days to his execution when unexpectedly someone else confesses to the crimes. Detective Amos Decker had had a similar experience. His parents were murdered and the convict was later set free when someone else owing up to the crimes.

It boils down to Amos’ investigation which will decide whether Melvin Mars is to be set free, or to be executed.


  1. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

    Genre: History, Non-Fiction

    As the name suggests, the book focuses on the events of World War II, specifically on Japan and the United States of America. The book starts off in the autumn of 1944 and concludes with the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    The book is a light read and doesn’t require a huge amount of time being dedicated to it as Killing the Rising Sun’s authors managed to put across everything they wished to cover in less than 350 pages.

  2. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

    Genre: Autobiography, Non-ficiton

    JD Vance discusses his childhood and history through the course of this book. The poor living conditions and obstacles faced by the American white working class. Vance discusses at length the family issues he faced, with family members indulging in domestic and drug abuse and how all of it affected him. The story is a truly inspiring one as Vance gives his account right from his days of misfortune to the day he graduated from Yale Law School.

  3. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

    A book that talks about the basics of life and how guilt plays an unexpected, often ignored role in relationships.

    The central plot of the book is a Sunday afternoon barbecue party involving three families. A certain event at the party sends the families into emotional turmoil and from there on, guilt sets in as they question whether or not their decision to attend the party was a good one.

  4. Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child

    Genre: Thriller

    It’s 21st  book in the Jack Reacher series, however it is equally addictive for someone who hasn’t read the first 20 books.

    Reacher, an FBI agent, and a CIA analyst are all put in a Night School. The night school turns out to be a cover for the three while they are expected to work on something much bigger. An undercover CIA asset in a Jihadist cell has overheard a conversation which involves an American demanding a hundred million dollars. Reacher then sets out on a journey to get to the bottom of this deal; which seems to have a terrorist agenda associated with it.

  5. The Black Widow: Book 16 of Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva

    Genre: Thriller

    The protagonist of the series, Gabriel Allon is a spy on the last rung of the ladder to become the chief of Israel’s secret service when unavoidable duty calls. The Marais district of Paris faces an attack in the form of a bomb from ISIS, and the French government desperately want Allon to hunt down the man responsible for the attack, and put an end to him.

    To successfully identify and execute the man behind the attack, Gabriel needs inside information. For this purpose, he hires Natalie Mizrahi to go undercover as a member of the ISIS. However due to lack of any field work, Natalie must be trained by Gabriel before going for any field work. With multiple  twists and turns through the course of the mission, readers are guaranteed to be entertained while reading the book.

  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down

    Genre: Children’s Novel

    The protagonist Greg is starting to have a tough time. Greg’s mom Susan is constantly persuading Greg to spend his time more productively, reading books or taking classes. Eventually, reading books is taken up by Greg. Greg lands himself some books called the Spineticklers. The books have a horror theme to them which lead to some nightmares.

    The story boils down to an idea that Greg comes up with which he hopes will stop his mother from constantly asking him to make better use of his time. Gred decides to make a horror movie, using Gummy Bears. Greg’s adventurous idea takes its twists and turns as the plan to make a movie doesn’t turn out to well, much like every other plan Greg has.

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