Best-Selling Books For 2011, According to Nielsen's

Nielsen's Best of 2011

via Nielsen's Bookscan:

Tired of year-end roundup lists? Too bad. Here's another. Nielsen's Bookscan has compiled the best-sellers for 2011. How many of these books have you read? For me, the answer is zero. I have read zero of these books. And I'm OK with that. The only books here I have any desire to read are Bossypants and A Dance WIth Dragons, and I'm sure I'll get to them eventually...

Adult Fiction

  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Berkley Publishing Group)
  • The Help (Movie Tie-In Edition) by Kathryn Stockett (Berkley Publishing Group)
  • Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill)
  • Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese (Vintage Books)
  • A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Bantam Books)
  • The Confession by John Grisham (Dell Publishing Company)
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Vintage Books)
  • The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson (Knopf Publishing Group)
  • The Litigators by John Grisham (Doubleday Books)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (Back Bay Books)

Adult Non-Fiction

  • Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo (Thomas Nelson Publishers)
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster)
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House)
  • Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly (Henry Holt & Company)
  • Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Gallup Press)
  • A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard (Simon & Schuster)
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur Books)
  • The 17 Day Diet by Mike Moreno (Free Press)
  • The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Broadway Books)
  • In The Garden Of Beasts by Erik Larson (Crown Publishing Group)

Children and Young Adults

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)
  • Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney (Abrams)
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)
  • Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)
  • The Son Of Neptune by Rick Riordan (Hyperion Books)
  • The Throne Of Fire by Rick Riordan (Hyperion Books)
  • The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)
  • The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)
  • Elf On The Shelf by Carol V. Aebersold (Cca & B)

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Jeremy Robert Plante's picture
Jeremy Robert Plante from Calgary, Alberta Canada is reading Several books a month. Listing them would mean numerous updates. December 29, 2011 - 4:24pm

What a myopic selection of mass marketed averageness.

Renee Miller's picture
Renee Miller from Tweed, Ontario is reading The Wolf Gift December 29, 2011 - 6:39pm

This is kind of depressing. The only ones on this list I read were ones I also hated. *sigh* At least I didn't actually pay for them. Thank you, library for shitty bestsellers.

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Mike Goldstein December 29, 2011 - 7:47pm

The only ones I've read (or are reading) are The Hunger Games and Water for Elephants. Games was a mess of poor writing and cliche storytelling. Elephants, however, is great so far. Haven't finished it yet, but I'm enjoying it. I'm looking forward to watching the movie. I'm hoping Christoph Waltz's presence balances out Robert Pattinson's. 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 29, 2011 - 9:42pm

The Hunger Games was awesome.

Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine December 29, 2011 - 10:06pm

Heaven Is For Real? Really? Fuck off!

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m1r0k0v from Nebraska is reading Complete Collection of Sherlock Holmes December 29, 2011 - 10:37pm

I'm actually kinda surprised that A Game of Thrones isn't on the list. With the show coming out and being pretty successful, I would think a lot of people interested enough in the show would have bought the book.