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December is the usual time for end-of-year lists and all kinds of rankings. And, as usual, we are delighted to share with you the list of the most popular Kindle books.
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The rankings you will see below are based on sales. The featured books are included in Amazon’s ongoing list of Top 100 Kindle bestsellers.
2017 is a year of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. This dystopian novel occupies top places in many rankings. Its Kindle edition is literally on every bestseller list, including weekly Amazon Charts.
The second best title is Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Mark Sullivan’s novel based on a true story of an Italian who, during the second world war, joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps.
The third place is occupied by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The entire series is available via Kindle Unlimited, and five other parts of J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts saga are also included in the Top 100 ranking.
You can skip the introduction and jump directly to the lists:
- Top 10 Kindle books of 2017 – with book blurbs, number of reviews, and average rating,
- Top 100 Kindle books of 2017 – with Kindle Unlimited eligibility.
As you will see in the Top 100 list, as much as 82 titles are included in Kindle Unlimited. It means they are available to subscribers at no extra cost. It’s a huge jump, compared to 28 Kindle Unlimited eligible books in 2016 ranking.
There are two major reasons for such a growth of popularity of Kindle Unlimited books. The subscription becomes more and more popular among Amazon customers.
The other reason is a favorable method of counting Kindle Unlimited books as sold. The user has to read roughly the length of a free sample to make the ebook enter sales charts.
Most of the books available via Kindle Unlimited are exclusive to Amazon. You won’t find them in bookstores, and their print editions – if they exist – are not equally popular.
Under the rankings, you’ll find our simple infographic presenting top Kindle books of 2017.
10 best Kindle books of 2017
1. The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast.
Set in the near future, the novel describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead.
The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions.
Average rating: 4.1/5, 9,605 reviews
2. Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel
Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, USA Today bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is an epic tale of one young man’s incredible resilience during one of the history’s darkest hours.
Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered.
When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.
Average rating: 4.8/5, 12,850 reviews
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle.
Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
An incredible adventure is about to begin!
Average rating: 4.8/5, 58,334 reviews
4. Everything We Keep: A Novel
Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea.
A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.
Average rating: 4.2/5, 11,471 reviews
5. In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate.
After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy.
Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.
Average rating: 4.2/5, 3,511 reviews
6. Stillhouse Lake
Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children.
But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.
She must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her.
One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.
Average rating: 4.5/5, 7,021 reviews
7. When I’m Gone
Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone.
But there’s something he’s not prepared for – a letter written on the first day of Natalie’s cancer treatment a year ago, which turns out to be the first of many.
As his obsession with the letters grows, Luke uncovers long-buried secrets that make him question everything he knew about his wife and their family.
Average rating: 4.3/5, 5,684 reviews
8. Silent Child
Sarah A. Denzil
In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son’s red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year – a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned.
His body was never recovered.
Ten years later, Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She’s married, pregnant, and in control again…
… until Aiden returns.
His body tells the story of his decade-long disappearance. The historic broken bones and injuries cast a mere glimpse into the horrors Aiden has experienced. Aiden never drowned. Aiden was taken.
Average rating: 4.3/5, 4,209 reviews
9. Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life with extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity.
Lionel Trilling said of Orwell’s masterpiece, “1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.”
Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.
Average rating: 4.5/5, 6,071 reviews
10. A Criminal Defense
William L. Myers Jr.
When a young reporter is found dead, and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life.
The defendant, David Hanson, was Mick’s close friend in law school, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death.
As the trial progresses, he’s disturbed by developments that confirm his deepest fears. This trial, one that already hits too close to home, may jeopardize his firm, his family—everything. Now Mick’s only way out is to mastermind the most brilliant defense he’s ever spun.
Average rating: 4.4/5, 4,124 reviews
Top 100 Kindle books of 2017
Find below a concise list of the 100 most popular Kindle ebooks of 2017, based on sales.
Each book comes with the number of reviews, average rating, and information whether it’s available in Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription.
|1||The Handmaid's Tale||Margaret Atwood||4.10||9,605||yes|
|2||Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel||Mark Sullivan||4.80||12,850||yes|
|3||Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone||J.K. Rowling||4.80||58,334||yes|
|4||Everything We Keep: A Novel (The Everything Series Book 1)||Kerry Lonsdale||4.20||11,671||yes|
|5||In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II||Rhys Bowen||4.20||3,511||yes|
|6||Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake Series Book 1)||Rachel Caine||4.50||7,021||yes|
|7||When I'm Gone: A Novel||Emily Bleeker||4.30||5,684||yes|
|8||Silent Child||Sarah A. Denzil||4.30||4,209||yes|
|10||A Criminal Defense||William L. Myers Jr.||4.40||4,124||yes|
|11||Dead Certain: A Novel||Adam Mitzner||4.20||3,050||yes|
|12||The Letter||Kathryn Hughes||4.50||4,663||yes|
|13||Beach Lawyer (Beach Lawyer Series)||Avery Duff||4.10||3,331||yes|
|14||I Am Watching You||Teresa Driscoll||4.50||3,189||yes|
|15||The Night Bird (Frost Easton Mystery Book 1)||Brian Freeman||4.50||3,351||yes|
|16||From Sand and Ash||Amy Harmon||4.70||3,707||yes|
|17||The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1)||Andrew Mayne||4.40||3,431||yes|
|18||P.S. from Paris||Marc Levy||4.10||2,450||yes|
|19||A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 1)||Kendra Elliot||4.50||2,286||yes|
|20||The Secret Wife: A captivating story of romance, passion and mystery||Gill Paul||4.60||3,881|
|21||The Missing Ones||Patricia Gibney||4.40||2,746||yes|
|22||Camino Island: A Novel||John Grisham||3.90||6,203|
|23||The Unremembered Girl: A Novel||Eliza Maxwell||4.30||972|
|24||Split Second||Douglas E. Richards||4.20||5,413||yes|
|25||Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis||J. D. Vance||4.40||8,757|
|26||Little Boy Lost||J. D. Trafford||4.20||2,209||yes|
|27||The Practice House||Laura McNeal||4.10||1,819||yes|
|28||My Sister's Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1)||Robert Dugoni||4.40||12,931||yes|
|29||The Man of Legends||Kenneth Johnson||4.30||2,609||yes|
|30||The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1)||Emily R. King||4.40||1,685||yes|
|31||A Tangled Mercy: A Novel||Joy Jordan-Lake||4.60||682||yes|
|32||All the Little Children||Jo Furniss||3.90||2,060||yes|
|33||A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel||Amor Towles||4.70||6,329|
|34||Wives of War||Soraya M. Lane||4.30||2,540||yes|
|35||Only the Truth||Adam Croft||3.40||1,015|
|36||Origin: A Novel||Dan Brown||4.20||2,508||yes|
|37||The Neon Lawyer||Victor Methos||4.30||6,220|
|38||Before We Were Yours: A Novel||Lisa Wingate||4.70||3,703||yes|
|39||A Beautiful Poison||Lydia Kang||4.20||1,718||yes|
|40||The Trapped Girl (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 4)||Robert Dugoni||4.70||1,741||yes|
|41||And Then She Was GONE||Christopher Greyson||4.00||2,706||yes|
|42||The Fix (Memory Man series Book 3)||David Baldacci||4.50||3,136|
|43||Extracted (Extracted Trilogy Book 1)||RR Haywood||4.00||1,307||yes|
|44||Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations||Garson O'Toole||3.00||756||yes|
|45||Mrs. Saint and the Defectives: A Novel||Julie Lawson Timmer||4.10||2,472|
|46||The Good Samaritan||John Marrs||4.10||403||yes|
|47||The Halo Effect: A Novel||Anne D. LeClaire||4.30||1,394||yes|
|48||The Gender Game||Bella Forrest||4.40||2,328||yes|
|49||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||J.K. Rowling||4.80||58,333||yes|
|50||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||J.K. Rowling||4.80||58,333||yes|
|51||When They Come for You (Harper McDaniel Book 1)||James W. Hall||4.10||1,556||yes|
|52||Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon Book 1)||Jamie Beck||4.20||1,090||yes|
|53||The Honest Spy||Andreas Kollender||4.30||597||yes|
|54||The Girl With No Name||Diney Costeloe||4.50||1,770|
|55||In the Shadow of Lakecrest||Elizabeth Blackwell||3.90||1,371||yes|
|56||Crimes Against a Book Club||Kathy Cooperman||4.10||1,738||yes|
|57||A Man Called Ove: A Novel||Fredrik Backman||4.60||15,068|
|58||Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1)||Amy A. Bartol||4.40||2,162||yes|
|59||All the Breaking Waves: A Novel||Kerry Lonsdale||4.20||1,150||yes|
|60||The Designer||Marius Gabriel||4.20||1,122||yes|
|61||Pandemic (The Extinction Files Book 1)||A.G. Riddle||4.20||2,095||yes|
|62||The Hangman's Daughter (A Hangman's Daughter Tale Book 1)||Oliver Pötzsch||4.10||4,790||yes|
|63||Reason To Breathe (The Breathing Series, Book 1)||Rebecca Donovan||4.40||3,983||yes|
|64||The Barefoot Summer||Carolyn Brown||4.20||1,249||yes|
|65||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||J.K. Rowling||4.80||58,333||yes|
|66||Vicious (Sinners of Saint)||L.J. Shen||4.70||1,975||yes|
|67||The Shack||William P. Young||4.70||16,030|
|68||The Late Show||Michael Connelly||4.40||3,382|
|69||Big Little Lies||Liane Moriarty||4.50||15,219|
|70||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows||J.K. Rowling||4.80||58,333||yes|
|71||A Quiet Life in the Country (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 1)||T E Kinsey||4.30||1,880||yes|
|72||Breakthrough||Michael C. Grumley||4.40||6,736||yes|
|73||The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel||Gabrielle Zevin||4.40||6,295||yes|
|74||Say You're Sorry (Morgan Dane Book 1)||Melinda Leigh||4.60||873||yes|
|75||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||J.K. Rowling||4.80||58,333||yes|
|76||No Exit||Taylor Adams||4.50||2,296||yes|
|77||The Winter Over||Matthew Iden||4.00||1,506||yes|
|78||A Dark Lure||Loreth Anne White||4.50||5,544||yes|
|79||The Things We Wish Were True||Marybeth Mayhew Whalen||4.20||5,743||yes|
|80||The First Word||Isley Robson||4.20||1,244||yes|
|81||The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results||Gary Keller, Jay Papasan||4.70||2,219|
|82||The House by the River||Lena Manta||4.40||571||yes|
|83||Signature Wounds (A Grale Thriller Book 1)||Kirk Russell||4.40||1,074||yes|
|84||After You Left||Carol Mason||4.10||852||yes|
|85||The Short Drop (The Gibson Vaughn Series Book 1)||Matthew FitzSimmons||4.60||8,528||yes|
|86||North Haven||Sarah Moriarty||3.30||937||yes|
|87||The Extraditionist (A Benn Bluestone Thriller Book 1)||Todd Merer||4.00||439||yes|
|88||The Lioness of Morocco||Julia Drosten||4.30||1,785||yes|
|89||The Mutual Admiration Society: A Novel||Lesley Kagen||3.50||791||yes|
|90||The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1)||A.G. Riddle||4.10||15,220||yes|
|91||Small Great Things: A Novel||Jodi Picoult||4.70||6,777|
|92||A Shade of Vampire (New & Lengthened 2015 Edition)||Bella Forrest||4.30||9,471|
|93||The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1)||Suzanne Collins||4.60||56,410||yes|
|94||The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel||Lee Child||4.40||704||yes|
|95||The Rooster Bar||John Grisham||3.70||1,072|
|96||What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions||Randall Munroe||4.60||3,646||yes|
|97||The Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy Book 1)||Dot Hutchison||4.30||12,873||yes|
|98||Everything We Left Behind: A Novel (The Everything Series Book 2)||Kerry Lonsdale||4.20||980||yes|
|99||Dead Lawyers Don't Lie: A Gripping Thriller (Jake Wolfe Book 1)||Mark Nolan||4.00||3,751||yes|
|100||The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter (The Ingrid Winter Misadventure Series)||J.S. Drangsholt||3.10||691||yes|
Best Kindle books of 2017 – infographic
The biggest Kindle best sellers of 2017 are presented below in a simple infographic. Feel free to share it on social media!
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