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Top 50 Kindle Unlimited books of 2017

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Most popular Kindle Unlimited books of 2017

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is the most popular Kindle ebook of 2017 that’s available via Kindle Unlimited.

Many Kindle users who consider investing in Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription wonder how good are the books that are included in the catalog of eligible titles.

Hear this: as much as 82 out of 100 Kindle bestsellers are Kindle Unlimited eligible.

The No. 1 position is taken The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It’s followed by Beneath a Scarlet Sky, a novel by Mark Sullivan, released in May by Lake Union Publishing. The third place is taken by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

For a monthly fee of $9.99, Kindle Unlimited gives unlimited access to over 1.8 million Kindle ebooks, but also Audible audiobook companions, as well as digital versions of popular magazines and newspapers.

So, how is the Kindle Unlimited eligible book being counted as sold? The user can download a single book at no extra cost, and can read only a part of it, right?

With the introduction Amazon Charts the way Kindle Unlimited books are counted as “read” and “sold” was revealed.

In short, the Kindle book acquired through digital subscription – such as Kindle Unlimited – is considered as sold when the user has read roughly the length of the free sample.

Below, you’ll see a list of Top 50 most popular Kindle Unlimited books in 2017. These books are considered as sold, so they counted into Top 100 Kindle Bestsellers of 2017.

Scroll down even further, and you’ll see Top 5 titles described in detail.

Top 50 Kindle Unlimited bestsellers of 2017

Data collected on November 19, 2017 /
# Title Author Rating Reviews Category
1 The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood 4.10 9,605 Fiction
2 Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel Mark Sullivan 4.80 12,850 Fiction
3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,334 Teen
4 Everything We Keep: A Novel (The Everything Series Book 1) Kerry Lonsdale 4.20 11,671 Romance
5 In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II Rhys Bowen 4.20 3,511 Fiction
6 Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake Series Book 1) Rachel Caine 4.50 7,021 Thriller
7 When I’m Gone: A Novel Emily Bleeker 4.30 5,684 Fiction
8 Silent Child Sarah A. Denzil 4.30 4,209 Thriller
9 1984 George Orwell 4.50 6,071 Fiction
10 A Criminal Defense William L. Myers Jr. 4.40 4,124 Thriller
11 Dead Certain: A Novel Adam Mitzner 4.20 3,050 Thriller
12 The Letter Kathryn Hughes 4.50 4,663 Fiction
13 Beach Lawyer (Beach Lawyer Series) Avery Duff 4.10 3,331 Thriller
14 I Am Watching You Teresa Driscoll 4.50 3,189 Thriller
15 The Night Bird (Frost Easton Mystery Book 1) Brian Freeman 4.50 3,351 Thriller
16 From Sand and Ash Amy Harmon 4.70 3,707 Fiction
17 The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) Andrew Mayne 4.40 3,431 Sci-Fi
18 P.S. from Paris Marc Levy 4.10 2,450 Fiction
19 A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 1) Kendra Elliot 4.50 2,286 Romance
20 The Missing Ones Patricia Gibney 4.40 2,746 Thriller
21 Split Second Douglas E. Richards 4.20 5,413 Thriller
22 Little Boy Lost J. D. Trafford 4.20 2,209 Thriller
23 The Practice House Laura McNeal 4.10 1,819 Fiction
24 My Sister’s Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) Robert Dugoni 4.40 12,931 Thriller
25 The Man of Legends Kenneth Johnson 4.30 2,609 Fiction
26 The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) Emily R. King 4.40 1,685 Teen
27 A Tangled Mercy: A Novel Joy Jordan-Lake 4.60 682 Fiction
28 All the Little Children Jo Furniss 3.90 2,060 Fiction
29 Wives of War Soraya M. Lane 4.30 2,540 Fiction
30 Origin: A Novel Dan Brown 4.20 2,508 Fiction
31 Before We Were Yours: A Novel Lisa Wingate 4.70 3,703 Fiction
32 A Beautiful Poison Lydia Kang 4.20 1,718 Fiction
33 The Trapped Girl (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 4) Robert Dugoni 4.70 1,741 Thriller
34 And Then She Was GONE Christopher Greyson 4.00 2,706 Thriller
35 Extracted (Extracted Trilogy Book 1) RR Haywood 4.00 1,307 Sci-Fi
36 Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations Garson O’Toole 3.00 756 History
37 The Good Samaritan John Marrs 4.10 403 Fiction
38 The Halo Effect: A Novel Anne D. LeClaire 4.30 1,394 Fiction
39 The Gender Game Bella Forrest 4.40 2,328 Teen
40 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,333 Teen
41 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,333 Teen
42 When They Come for You (Harper McDaniel Book 1) James W. Hall 4.10 1,556 Thriller
43 Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon Book 1) Jamie Beck 4.20 1,090 Fiction
44 The Honest Spy Andreas Kollender 4.30 597 Thriller
45 In the Shadow of Lakecrest Elizabeth Blackwell 3.90 1,371 Fiction
46 Crimes Against a Book Club Kathy Cooperman 4.10 1,738 Fiction
47 Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) Amy A. Bartol 4.40 2,162 Teen
48 All the Breaking Waves: A Novel Kerry Lonsdale 4.20 1,150 Fiction
49 The Designer Marius Gabriel 4.20 1,122 Fiction
50 Pandemic (The Extinction Files Book 1) A.G. Riddle 4.20 2,095 Thriller

Best Kindle Unlimited books of 2017 – Top 5

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

1. The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood

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.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky - Mark Sullivan

2. Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

Mark Sullivan

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.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling

3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

J.K. Rowling

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!

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Everything We Keep - Kerry Lonsdale

4. Everything We Keep: A Novel

Kerry Lonsdale

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.

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Rhys Bowen - In Farleigh Field

5. In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II

Rhys Bowen

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.

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