Before you finish up your holiday shopping, take a look at the books everyone was buying and reading this year. Barnes & Noble's bestselling books of 2017 prove that people need a dose of dreamy positivity and a dose of tough reality, in equal measure. According to data provided to Bustle, the bestselling fiction title of 2017 was milk and honey by Rupi Kaur, a dreamy collection of illustrated poems, and the bestselling nonfiction title was The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson, an anti-self-help guide about recognizing your limitations and learning to live with them.
“It’s hard to imagine two more aesthetically different books at the top of our fiction and nonfiction bestseller lists for the year,” says Liz Harwell, Director of Merchandise, in a statement provided to Bustle. “But in some ways, both books are addressing a core issue for many of us: how to live good, satisfying lives.”
The data — which combines sales from Barnes & Noble's website and their 600+ stores — is organized into four categories: fiction, nonfiction, teen, and kids. Each category contains 10 bestsellers, many of which you will recognize from the movie adaptations which came out this year, including Wonder, which tops the kids' bestsellers list, and Everything, Everything, which tops the teen list.
“We are glad to see a wide range of new and reissued titles in our lists this year,” Harwell says. “As always, popular shows and movies drove some books to the top of our lists, including The Handmaid’s Tale and the children’s title Wonder. Meanwhile, classics 1984 and To Kill a Mockingbird—both published over 50 years ago—were popular again this year, showing the lasting power of good books.”
See the full list below: