The popularity of fiction and nonfiction has been rising rapidly over the past decade, with more than 1 billion books and more than 30 million novels published in 2016.
But for many authors, the books that are the most popular aren’t the ones they wrote.
For one thing, authors like Michael Crichton and Ursula K. Le Guin are often lauded for their writing, and there’s a popular belief that the most exciting stories are those with strong female characters.
But for all the praise, what do you really know about these two genres?
How can you tell if a novel is a good book or not?
And what do they have in common?
To get a better idea of which novels are the hottest, we reached out to several authors and found out how they rank in the popularity charts.
Here’s what they said.1.
A.K. Aydemir by Rachel Aviv (Fantagraphics, $26.99)1.
John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, $24.99, $29.99 ebook)1: John Green’s latest novel, The Fault in our Stars, has been named the best-selling nonfiction novel in the U.S. by The New York Times.
In its first year, the book has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.2.
Kate Elliott (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, $34.99 audiobook, $39.99 print edition)2: Elliott’s novel The Girl With The Dragon Tattoos has been the top-selling novel in U.K., France, Australia and Germany since its publication in October 2017.
She’s also the highest-grossing nonfiction author in the world, according to Amazon.3.
Rachel Aviv by Rachel Levitin (Knopf, $27.99 e-book)3: Levitins debut novel, A. K. Aynemir, has become the second-best-selling book in the country after John Green.
It was the No. 2 bestseller in the United Kingdom in 2017 and was also named to the New York Book Review’s top 200 books of the year.4.
Angela Carter by Laura Hillenbrand (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $19.99 paperback)4: Hillenbarger has become a fan favorite among children and young adults, having written and illustrated more than 100 books.5.
The Martian by Neil Gaiman (Hodder & Row, $25.99 hardcover, $36.99 Kindle edition)5: Gaiman’s latest book, The Martian, was the most-anticipated novel of 2017 and the most successful book in his catalog, grossing more than $100 million worldwide.6.
Kate Houghton (The Boy With the Green Book, $15.99 audio book, $16.99 printed book)6: Houghtons latest novel has been a top-seller in Australia and the U, as well as the U