The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of - WikipediaI t was a year when the No 1 book was a play script. When the anonymous, insanely difficult GCHQ Puzzle Book was 43rd, and so beat super-sellers like Patterson and Ian Rankin , not to mention all those much-hyped hygge books. The all-year sales rankings for are full of such surprises, as befits an unpredictable year, but also contain much that is comfortingly recognisable, such as the ghosts of Christmas charts past at the top. The vlogger Zoe Zoella Sugg, the colouring book artist Millie Marotta and the healthy eating evangelist Ella Woodward, for example, all did less well, although they were far from falling out of the charts. Otherwise, when picking literary novels, readers seemingly sent a tacit message to judging panels, going for books by the reliable old favourites — Sebastian Faulks 41 , William Boyd 77 , Kazuo Ishiguro 85 — that they had rejected. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Topics Books Best books of
Bestselling books 2016: the ghosts of Christmas charts past
These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in Ranked in no particular order. Winner of a National Book Award, The Underground Railroad is the story of Cora, a slave who escapes via the Underground Railroad, which is rendered as an actual railroad system. Through its brilliant visions of a past both ours and not quite ours, The Underground Railroad depicts America's horrifying history with a devastating clarity. Find it here. Follow Colson Whitehead on Twitter. This seemingly harmless decision has terrible, wide-ranging consequences, throwing her entire family into disarray.
With slowly winding down, it's the exact right time to catch up on the books you may have missed. Whether you're in the mood for excellent short story collections, sharply drawn fiction, or unbelievably gripping memoirs, scroll ahead for our round-up of the best books of the year. Tales of domestication with a twist. This dark story collection is all about housewives behaving badly. Women murder while baking cookies, a book club gets weird, and more. Think: The Stepford Wives turned up to Doubleday , January.