For those who don’t follow Publisher’s Weekly, they released their book sales stats last week. So what are you guesses? Here’s the top 10 list for the hardcover  children’s books. (see the main article here)

1. The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5). Jeff Kinney. Abrams/Amulet (3,316,509).
2. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella. Stephenie Meyer. Little, Brown/Tingley (2,284,066).
3. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary. Jeff Kinney. Abrams/Amulet (1,656,631).
4. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3). Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press (1,493,654).
5. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1). Rick Riordan. Disney-Hyperion (1,315,637).
6. The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles #1). Rick Riordan. Disney-Hyperion (1,075,749).
7. Burned (House of Night #7). PC and Kristin Cast. St. Martin’s Griffin (1,020,279).

8. The Gift (Witch & Wizard #2). James Patterson and Ned Rust. Little, Brown (579,001).
9. Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever. Justin Bieber. HarperCollins (503,447).
10. Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6). Richelle Mead. Penguin/Razorbill (484,849).

Was it what you thought it would be? Any surprises or upsets?

And for those looking to write the best story ever, check out this post by Brodi Ashton. I was laughing so hard (even though this was from awhile ago), so I just had to share.

4 thoughts on “what books sold big in 2010 (or how you can become a bestseller)

  1. I’ve read exactly two of those books (Mockingjay and Last Sacrifice). I own The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, and I’m sure it’s awesome… but I know how it ends, and I’ve never been in the mood for a tragedy. 😦

    Of those I didn’t read: Two of those series I’ve specifically decided aren’t worth my reading time. One of those books I wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, except under the most morbid bout of curiosity. Two of the books look mildly interesting. Two of the books look like something I might enjoy, but I haven’t picked them up yet.

    The guy on Brodi’s blog is hilarious. So wonderfully delusional.

  2. That’s pretty interesting about the list. I’m not sure how I feel about some [=most] of those authors–I guess it just goes to show that being a bestseller doesn’t necessarily reveal anything about quality.

    The Brodi Ashton thing was great; I had not seen it before. Thanks for sharing!

  3. My son loved Diary of a Wimpy Kid until book 5, then he got too old and lost interest. He loved the Percy Jackson series too. But then got partway through The Red Pyramid, and was so disappointed, he won’t even read The Lost Hero. Maybe he’ll change his mind.

    What happily surprises me is that many on the list are boys books or at least crossover books. Who says boys don’t read?

    I’ve only read one book Mockingjay because I loved the other 2.

    Looks like series really do make $.

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