10 Top-Selling Books of the Decade

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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]

Rediscover Moby-Dick With This Beautifully Illustrated Limited-Edition Book

Waterbell/Ben Howe
Waterbell/Ben Howe

Book printer Waterbell is giving readers and art lovers alike a new reason to revisit Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick with these beautifully illustrated editions of the classic tale. Waterbell collaborated with artist Ben Howe to create these unique editions, which bring moody, fully painted artwork that's meant to capture the atmosphere of Melville's writing.

The different editions are available on Kickstarter, and there are a few ways to back this project. To start, $27 will get you the hardcover Collectable Edition, which features six full-page illustrations and illustrated endpapers. It’s all bound together in a jacket featuring a design by Howe.

For $166, you’ll receive the hardcover Limited Edition copy. Along with the same artwork found in the Collectable Edition, these books are hand-sewn, signed by the bookbinder, and numbered. For $3305, you’ll receive the original Burial at Sea painting featured in the book.

This isn’t Waterbell’s first time collaborating with artists to give the classics a fresh look. Other tales include Pride and Prejudice, Alice in Wonderland, and more. According to their website, only 1440 copies of their editions are created. The made-to-order books are meticulously crafted using a hammer to curve the spine, a needle and thread to bind the pages, and many other techniques.

Image from 'Moby-Dick' from Waterbell.
Waterbell/Ben Howe

Howe took an equally meticulous approach to create the artwork for Moby-Dick. He started by sculpting the subjects of his paintings out of clay, only to destroy the sculptures once the painting was complete.

With $1246 raised, the campaign still has a bit to go before reaching its $2645 goal, but you can help bring the project to life until March 18 by heading here.

Book cover of 'Moby-Dick.'
Waterbell/Ben Howe

If you can't quit the white whale, check out this special pop-up edition published around the time of Melville’s 200th birthday last year.

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Give Your Morning Coffee a Literary Flair With Mugs Decorated With Quotes From Edgar Allan Poe, the Brontë sisters, and More

In addition to individual author mugs, there are also mugs decorated with famous first and last lines from classic books.
In addition to individual author mugs, there are also mugs decorated with famous first and last lines from classic books.
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Give your coffee (or tea) a little literary flavor with one of these mugs designed by the Unemployed Philosophers Guild. For between $16 and $24, you can purchase a mug that features quotes from Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, Kurt Vonnegut, or the Brontë sisters, along with designs inspired by the mood of their works. Dahl's mug, for example, is fittingly whimsical, with illustrations by his longtime visual collaborator Quentin Blake; meanwhile, Poe's dreary, macabre design perfectly sums up that first cup of coffee at the beginning of the work week.

All Unemployed Philosophers Guild mugs are microwavable, and most are dishwasher-safe. Plus, a portion of all proceeds goes to supporting a variety of charitable organizations. If you’re looking for even more bookish drinkware, you can try out a mug featuring famous first or last lines from literature.

Greatest first lines in literature coffee mug.
This mug features the first lines of novels like Catch-22, Gravity's Rainbow, and more.
Unemployed Philosophers Guild/Amazon

If books aren't your thing, don’t worry—the Unemployed Philosophers Guild also sells mugs decorated with mathematical formulas, presidential slogans, and instructions for tying knots.

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