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10 Top-Selling Books of the Decade

Michele Debczak
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Despite predictions that the publishing industry would perish, books were as popular as ever in the 2010s. As 2019 comes to a close, here are the 10 books that sold the most copies in the last decade, according to LitHub.

LitHub compiled their list of the best-selling books of the past 10 years using market trend data from NPD Bookscan. Taking up the top three slots are books that originated as R-rated fan fiction for a YA book series that topped best-seller lists in the 2000s. The books in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, which was inspired by Twilight, have collectively sold 35 million copies since they were released in the early 2010s.

The list also includes several books intended for younger readers. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and Divergent by Veronica Roth represent the YA genre. Also appearing on the list are the thrillers The Girl on the Train and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the historical fiction novel The Help.

If you want more reading inspiration after checking out the full rankings below, take a look at our summer 2019 reading list.

  1. E. L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey (2011) // 15.2 million copies
  1. E. L. James, Fifty Shades Darker (2011) // 10.4 million copies
  1. E. L. James, Fifty Shades Freed (2012) // 9.3 million copies
  1. Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games (2008) // 8.7 million copies
  1. Kathryn Stockett, The Help (2009) // 8.7 million copies
  1. Paula Hawkins, The Girl on The Train (2015) // 8.2 million copies
  1. Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl (2012) // 8.1 million copies
  1. John Green, The Fault in Our Stars (2012) // 8 million copies
  1. Stieg Larsson, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (2008) // 7.9 million copies
  1. Veronica Roth, Divergent (2011) // 6.6 million copies

[h/t LitHub]