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USA TODAY’s bestselling books of the last 10 summers: How many have you read?

USA TODAY’s bestselling books of the last 10 summers: How many have you read?


What does it take to turn out to be the book of summer? We seemed again at summers previous on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list to see what titles broke out, and whether or not we may crack the code. Judging from the summer season standouts of the previous 10 years, it takes thrills, chills and a complete lot of buzz to steer the pack. In spite of everything, what makes for a very good summer season learn is its potential to move us away from the world with page-turning prose whereas we concurrently inform everybody who will hear, “You have to learn this e-book! “

So what shall be 2022’s e-book of summer season? It is anyone’s guess. However till we all know, may we suggest revisiting the summer season breakouts of previous. What number of have you ever learn?  

On this thriller, Hannah thinks she’s discovered the love of her life in Owen Michaels – till he disappears. A Reese Witherspoon e-book membership e-book, the novel would spend a complete of 48 weeks on the checklist and end the yr as No. 6 on USA TODAY’s bestselling books of 2021. 

2020: ‘Midnight Sun,’ by Stephenie Meyer

In 2005, “Twilight” launched a sequence during which a younger girl, Bella Swan, is torn between vampire Edward Cullen and shapeshifter Jacob Black. The unique novel, together with its three follow-ups, would attain No. 1 and stay on the checklist for greater than 4 years. This retelling, which exhibits the story from Edward’s perspective, debuted at No. 1 in August and remained on the bestsellers checklist for greater than a yr. 

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The novel revolves round a younger girl, Kya Clark, who is suspected within the dying of the favored Chase Andrews. “Crawdads,” additionally a Reese Witherspoon e-book membership choose, was the top-selling e-book for 2019 and hit the highest spot 9 occasions whereas spending greater than three years on the checklist. The approaching movie adaptation, produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hi there Sunshine and starring “Regular Individuals” breakout star Daisy Edgar-Jones, is ready for a theatrical launch in July. 

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The novel, during which the U.S. president disappears as a cyberterrorist menace grips the nation, was a collaboration between the creator and former President Clinton, debuted on the bestsellers checklist in June and remained on the checklist for 33 weeks. Whereas the novel garnered OK reviews from USA TODAY, it proved to be so profitable, the pair teamed up once more in 2021 for “The President’s Daughter.”

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The novel, a couple of charismatic Florida bookseller who turns into a suspect after daring thieves steal the unique manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels from Princeton, garnered a rave review from USA TODAY, which known as it “a most agreeable summer season vacation spot.” It debuted in June at No. 1 and stayed there the remainder of the month. The e-book would keep on the checklist for 39 weeks. 

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Whereas not a thriller per se, it was a thrill for Harry Potter followers when this e-book got here out in the summertime of  2016 and remained on the checklist nicely into the subsequent yr. Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy attempt to discover their locations in Hogwarts the best way their fathers, Harry and Draco, did earlier than them. Written in script type, the book was made into a stage play in London in July of the same year. 

The psychological thriller concerning the disappearance of a younger married girl took the summer season by storm and resulted in Hawkins being named USA TODAY Author of the Year. Although printed at first of the yr, the novel dominated the bestsellers checklist not simply all that summer season, however for greater than two years. A USA TODAY review warned readers to hold on tight: “You will be shocked by what horrors lurk across the bend.”

2014: ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ by John Inexperienced

Tales of younger love are in style in summer season, however Inexperienced’s hits exhausting: He writes of a lady with terminal most cancers who finds love in a help group. A tearjerker, to say the least. The e-book broke into the highest 10 in time for the movie’s launch in June. Due to the movie and the excitement, the e-book would ultimately land the highest place 13 occasions throughout its three years on the checklist

2013: ‘Inferno,’ by Dan Brown

After waking up in a Florence hospital with no reminiscence of the previous few days, Robert Langdon enters a mysterious world centered on Dante’s “Inferno” whereas attempting to retrace his previous few days. The novel adopted three others that includes Langdon: “Angels & Demons,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “The Misplaced Image.” All had been USA TODAY bestsellers. 

2012: ‘Gone Woman,’ by Gillian Flynn

When Nick Dunne’s spouse Amy disappears on their fifth anniversary, he’s thought of a suspect. And when readers picked up “Gone Woman,” they had been hooked. Was it that notorious twist? Maybe. The novel debuted on the checklist at No. 7 in June and remained on the checklist for greater than three years. The novel ultimately hit No. 1 when the 2014 movie adaptation starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike was launched. 

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