At the turn of the century, it was widely believed that the reading culture was dead and many blamed the rise of technology for this. However, if the queues that accompanied the launch of internationally acclaimed books such as The Harry Potter books and the number of books that have been made into films in the recent past are anything to go by, books are still a power to be reckoned with. A look at the bestselling books lists shows what genres people are buying into and which authors are ruling the reading world. Fiction leads the genres with top fiction books taking up a large chunk of the spots in the top books 2016. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne tops the list on most charts of best books 2016. J.K. Rowling made people fall in love with the magical world of Hogwarts and this is one the reasons this book which is actually a play did so well. The other reason of course is because this is an amazing story.

“When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi is a memoir about a neurosurgeon who is diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. It poses important questions such as what do you live for when you are staring death in the face. This touching memoir makes you appreciate the gift of life and it’s easy to see why it made the list.

“StrengthsFinder 2.0” by Tom Rath is the first non-fiction book on the list. This self-help book has strategies to help you make the most of your strengths and change your self-perception and attitudes so you can have a better life and a better you.

“The Girl on the Train” which just made it to the big screens has been on the bestselling books list since 2015. Told in first-person, it tells the story of Rachel, a divorced alcoholic and how clinging to her past affects two other women; Anna, the woman her husband left her for and Megan who lives a houses from her former husband his new wife and who is having an affair with Rachel’s former husband. The novel is truly compelling and deserves to be on the best books 2016 charts.

“A Man Called Ove” also adapted to film has been on the list of bestselling books for 35 weeks. The book by Fredrik Backman is about Ove, his curmudgeon (surly) nature and the unexpected friendship that blossoms when he gets new neighbors. “The Magnolia Story” does something different by bringing the television to the printed world. Chip and Joanna Gaines who star in Fixer Upper aired on HGTV take fans behind the scenes with their debut book and tell us who Chip and Joanna really are. The book includes childhood memories, their first project together, the renovation project that shaped them and life on their farm. The book has spent 14 weeks on lists of top books 2016 and shows why we love these fixer uppers.

Books are still a part of our society no matter how many gadgets are released and as long as authors keep writing, the fans will keep turning the pages.

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