Below, you’ll find the top 10 best selling fiction titles of 2018 according to Amazon. They’re the books you’ve probably heard about at cocktail hour or been told you need to read before seeing the movie. Some made it into our list of the best books we read in 2018, and others have been frequenting home libraries since their debut over thirty years ago.
10. The Overstory, Richard Powers
Nature — and the urge to protect it — is what ties together the lives introduced in Powers’ sweeping 12th novel. A young artist descended from chestnut farmers, a field biologist, a Vietnam War veteran and six other characters brush up against the mysterious power of trees and, intertwined, sound an urgent call to preserve our environment.
9. “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
8. Florida, Lauren Groff
Groff’s short stories study Florida, where treacherous weather and animal predators provide a backdrop to the struggles of characters like a homeless teacher, a betrayed husband and a writer reminiscent of Groff herself. The author of Fates and Furies, who moved to Florida over a decade ago, channels her palpable ambivalence toward her adopted state.
7. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned — from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren — an enigmatic artist and single mother — who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
6. Gun Love, Jennifer Clement
Margot and her teen daughter Pearl live in a car next to a Florida trailer park, poor but happy. When a dangerous man enters their lives, Pearl finds herself alone and enmeshed in a world of guns. Clement, a master of figurative language, crafts a moving coming-of-age story set in an America where rough justice sometimes rules the day.
5. “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn
Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times… and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.
4. My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh
A sharp, beautiful, privileged — and deeply unhappy — woman in her early 20s employs the most ethics-immune psychiatrist in New York City to help her sleep for a year, hoping she’ll emerge reborn. Moshfegh, author of 2015’s award-winning Eileen, is the rare talent capable of inventing so strange and claustrophobic a premise. From it, she spins a darkly funny tale of heartache and redemption.
3. “The President Is Missing” by James Patterson and Bill Clinton
“The President Is Missing” confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view… Set over the course of three days, The President Is Missing sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years.
2. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
1. The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner
Romy Hall is a mother to a young son and a former dancer at a San Francisco strip club. She’s also starting two life sentences at a miserable women’s prison in California. Kushner, a two-time National Book Award finalist, slowly and deliciously unfolds the tapestry of Romy’s backstory — infusing mystery and humor in unlikely places — while interrogating the harsh realities of the U.S. prison system.