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Top 40 Bestsellers

The following are the Island Books bestsellers for the most recent full calendar year.

Don't forget to visit our archive of previous bestseller lists.


  1. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  2. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  3. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  4. Thanks for the Money by Joel McHale
  5. Amy Snow by Tracy Rees
  6. Mercer Island History by Jane Meyer Brahm
  7. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  8. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  9. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  10. Before the Wind by Jim Lynch
  11. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  12. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  13. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  14. The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
  15. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  16. The Art of Inspiration by Justina Chen
  17. The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes
  18. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  19. The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
  20. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  21. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  22. Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten
  23. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  24. Pure Food by Kurt Beecher Dammeier
  25. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  26. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  27. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  28. Descent by Tim Johnston
  29. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  30. The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango
  31. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  32. Too High & Too Steep by David B. Williams
  33. H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  34. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  35. Avenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw
  36. Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton
  37. My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  38. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  39. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
  40. (tie) Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig and The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay