Books That Claim to Be Bestsellers

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Books That Are a “#1 New York Times Bestseller”

I see a lot of books that claim to be “#1 New York Times bestseller.” But what does it mean?

The NYT keeps a tight lid on how they select their list. They sample from a list of retailers and bookstores (though the list is secret).

This is to prevent people from gaming the system.

The Firm by Mitch McDeere

Harvard law graduate Mitch McDeere spurns top job offers to sign on with Bendini, Lambert and Locke, a small tax firm in Memphis. They shower him with a generous salary, a new lease on a Mercedes and a low-interest mortgage on a nice house.

He quickly gets caught up in the firm’s crooked practices. Featuring Tom Cruise as Mitch and Jeanne Tripplehorn as his wife, The Firm delivers high-flying international suspense.

The Dragon Riders by Violet Sorrengail

Violet Sorrengail lives in a world where people repel attacks from enemies and would-be invaders with dragons. Her mother, General Lilith Sorrengail, pushed her to enter the Rider Quadrant at Basgiath War College even though she was trained as a scribe.

She fears Xaden Riorson will kill her as he was part of the military leadership that executed her father for leading an uprising. Despite that, he and her dragons Sgaeyl and Tairn bond with Violet.

The Gigi Graham Series by Gigi Graham

Virginia “Gigi” Graham Tchividjian is the oldest daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham and a popular inspirational speaker who has traveled throughout the United States and Europe. She is the author of numerous books, including Currents of the Heart, Passing It On and A Quiet Knowing. Gigi is the mother of seven children, including pastor Stephan Tchividjian, attorney Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian and counselor Jerusha Duford.

The Maple Hills Series by Gigi Graham

The bestselling TikTok sensation continues with an intense chemistry between a competitive figure skater and her university hockey team captain. A new installment in the “swoonworthy” (Elena Armaghan) Maple Hills series.

When Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, she is dragged into a treacherous magical world that she thought only existed in legends. A sexy sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

The Kitchen Sisters by Elizabeth Peters

A pair of sisters are thrown into a mystery involving a haunted quilt. This thriller shows off Peters’ skill with setting and characterization.

Egyptologist Amelia Peabody takes to the Nile with unshakable self-confidence and her intrepid Emerson brothers in this “sparkling series.” This series combines Peters’ love of history, humor, Edwardian England, and Egypt. Barbara Mertz, who wrote the books under the pen name Elizabeth Peters, also wrote nonfiction and contributed to public radio.

The Book of Unrequited Love by Liane Moriarty

Aussie author Liane Moriarty has written nine novels, including the New York Times best sellers Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers. Both of these have been adapted into television series for HBO and Hulu, respectively.

This book is a cocktail of friendship and modern love spiked with a touch of deceit. A must-read for fans of Big Little Lies and those interested in exploring the darker side of suburbia.

The Story of a Girl by Emma Donoghue

With books like Room (now a film starring Brie Larson), Haven, and The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue is masterful at taking real-life snippets and making them feel deeply authentic. She is also a master at conjuring up claustrophobic spaces and making them feel fully alive.

In this story, two fourteen-year-old girls meet at a private school. They forge a powerful connection that will affect both of their lives.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger didn’t think her 2003 novel would make much of a splash, believing it might become a “small cult novel for librarians.” Instead, The Time Traveler’s Wife became a national bestseller and inspired the 2009 film adaptation starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana.

The premise of this book is pretty perplexing at first glance. It’s about a man who has a genetic disorder that causes him to randomly time-travel and not know who his wife is.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games tells the story of a dystopian future where children are forced to fight each other until they die. Although it is classified as a young adult novel, the book has been read by people from all ages.

Suzanne Collins was raised in a military family and her father served in the Air Force and fought in Vietnam. She was inspired by these experiences when she wrote the book.

The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

The Percy Jackson series is a great adventure series that incorporates Greek mythology. The main character is Percy who, along with his best friend Annabeth and Grover, goes on adventures and meets gods.

The books are written in Percy’s sarcastic voice and it is easy to get immersed in the world of Greek mythology. The characters are also very well developed.

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