50 best selling fiction books of 2016

50 best selling fiction books of 2016

In the year that gave us Donald Trump, Brexit & The Ice Bucket Challenge 2016 has arguably been a great year for books once again. Here we round up the top 50 most popular fictional books of 2016 based on sales figures and release information.

The list includes old and new books which were sold around the world in 2016. Please note not all the books on this list are published in all countries at the same time and therefore may include titles which have yet to be released in your area.


Harry Potter & The Cursed Child

By J.K. Rowling

Everybody has heard of Harry Potter so it was no wonder that the latest book from Harry's world was such a huge success. This book is in a slightly different format from the other books as it is written as a two-part screenplay written by J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany.

This screenplay is set nineteen years in the future and focuses on Harry's youngest son Albus. Albus is struggling to live up to the standards people expect of him because of who his father is. 

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Book: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child

To Kill A Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

Most will be familiar with this 1960 novel tackling justice and racial prejudice in the southern US state of Alabama around the time of the great depression.

To Kill a Mockingbirds position on this list is likely down to the recent sequel / prequel from author Harper Lee - Go Set a Watchman (2015) which has re-invigorated interest for this very popular novel.

To Kill A Mockingbird truly has to fall into the category of all time greats. Having won numerous awards for literature including the Pulitzer Prize, this is a must read for any classic literature buff.

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Book: To Kill A Mockingbird

A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove was initially published in Swedish in 2012 and was translated to English in 2013. Since then it has been adapted for both the stage and for the screen.

Ove is a curmudgeonly old man who has recently been forced to retire who begins a reluctant friendship with his neighbours and his ongoing grief following the tragic loss of his wife.

It is easy to see why this heartwarming tale has gathered so many readers.

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Book: A Man Called Ove

The Girl On The Train

By Paula Hawkins

Originally published in 2015 where it made the The New York Times: Bestseller List. This first person psychological thriller from the UK author Paula Hawkins has recently made it to the big screen which has easily propelled it to the number 4 spot on this list.

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Book: The Girl On The Train

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

This historical fiction set in World War II is based on a Belgian woman named Andree De Jongh who played a key role in helping allied pilots escape enemy territory. 

This tale has been described as 'absorbing' and spent 45 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Book: The Nightingale

The Underground Railroad

By Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad has been mentioned in numerous blogger and bestseller lists. It was awarded this years The National Book Award For Fiction and was also mentioned by Oprah as part of her book club. 

This book features two slaves using the historic Underground railway to try to escape from a plantation in Georgia.

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Book: The Underground Railroad

The Wolf Road

By Beth Lewis

The Wolf Road tells the story of Elka, a young girl living in the wilderness with a solitary hunter known only as Trapper. Trapper is hiding a terrible secret: he is a killer. When Elka discovers his secret she sets off into the harsh landscape before she can become his next victim. 

This post-apocalyptic psychological thriller has drawn comparisons with The Road and has received numerous recommendations because of the authors beautiful use of language.

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Book: The Wolf Road

Me Before You

By Jojo Moyes

This book tells the story of Louisa, a young woman whose aimless life gains direction after she starts a new job looking after a quadriplegic man. This controversial book has been made into a film this year and that has only added to its popularity. 

This book has been recognised as a great read by The New York Times, The Richard and Judy Book Club and by USA Today.

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Book: Me Before You

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis

By J. D. Vance

This book, like many of the others, was also listed in The New York Times bestseller list.

The author discusses the way in which Appalachian values impacted his hometown in terms of its poverty and other social problems. As well as his difficult upbringing in this rural community.

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Book: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis


By Affinity Konar

This novel tales the story of twin sisters living in Auschwitz and their involvement in the experiments known as Mengele's Zoo.

Anthony Doerr, author of All the Lights we Cannot See, described this book as

One of the most harrowing, powerful and imaginative books of the year

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Book: Mischling
After You By Jojo Moyes
Lab Girl By Hope Jahren
Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story By Matti Friedman
Before The Fall By Noah Hawley
Double Down - Diary Of A Wimpy Kid By Jeff Kinney
Behind Closed Doors By B A Paris
A Gentleman In Moscow By Amor Towles
Moonglow By Michael Chabon
Dark Matter By Blake Crouch
The Trespasser By Tana French
The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho
Small Great Things By Jodi Picoult
The Sun Is Also A Star By Nicola Yoon
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them By J.K. Rowling
The Trials Of Apollo, The Hidden Oracle By Rick Riordan
Five On Brexit Island By Bruno Vincent
A God In Ruins By Kate Atkinson
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone By J.K. Rowling
All The Light We Cannot See By Anthony Doerr
I Let You Go By Clare Mackintosh
Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson
My Brilliant Friend By Elena Ferrante
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets By J.K. Rowling
Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck
The BFG By Roald Dahl
Night School - Jack Reacher By Lee Child
The Girl In The Red Coat By Kate Hamer
The Secret Hardcover By Rhonda Byrne
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four By George Orwell
Old School - Diary Of A Wimpy Kid By Jeff Kinney
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs
A Game Of Thrones - Song Of Ice And Fire By George R.R. Martin
The Missing By Caroline Eriksson
Sisters One, Two, Three By Nancy Star
The Whistler By John Grisham
The Last Mile By David Baldacci
Truly Madly Guilty By Liane Moriarty
15th Affair By James Patterson
The Wrong Side Of Goodbye By Michael Connelly
One With You By Sylvia Day

So there you have it, the 50 top selling books of 2016. Please remember this list is compiled from world wide sale of the books listed. Therefore you may find it missing some of the most popular books from your region. Feel free to let us know of any popular books from your area which you feel really should be on this list as I am sure there are many great books that we've missed.

Hopefully you have found this a useful resource and maybe even found you next read some where in the list. Be sure to checkout the newly listed Top 10 Books of 2016, the books you the readers have been buying in 2016.

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