8 Oct 2012


A version of this list appears in the October 14, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 29, 2012.
  1. THE CASUAL VACANCY, by J. K. Rowling. (Little, Brown & Company.) The sudden death of a parish councilman reveals bitter social divisions in an idyllic English town; a novel for adults by the creator of Harry Potter.
  2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) A college student falls in love with a tortured man with particular sexual tastes; the first of a trilogy.
  3. FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) Ana Steele learns more about Christian Grey’s troubled past; the second book in a trilogy
  4. FIFTY SHADES FREED, by E. L. James. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) The final book in an erotic trilogy.
  5. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Crown Publishing.) A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?
  6. WINTER OF THE WORLD, by Ken Follett. (Penguin Group.) n Book 2 of the Century trilogy, members of five interrelated families from five countries grapple with the tumultuous historical events of the years 1939-49.
  7. A WANTED MAN, by Lee Child. (Random House Publishing.) A carload of people involved in a conspiracy pick up a disheveled hitchhiker, Child’s vigilante hero Jack Reacher.
  8. BARED TO YOU, by Sylvia Day. (Penguin Group.) Two troubled people develop an intense, obsessive relationship.
  9. THE TIME KEEPER, by Mitch Albom. (Hyperion Press.) A fable about the inventor of the world’s first clock; from the author of “Tuesdays With Morrie.”
  10. RAPTURE, by J. R. Ward. (New American Library.) After a man stumbles in front of the reporter Mels Carmichael’s car, both find they’re in over their heads.
  11. ZOO, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. (Little, Brown & Company.) A young biologist warns world leaders about the reasons for escalating animal attacks on cities.
  12. LOW PRESSURE, by Sandra Brown. (Grand Central Publishing.) A woman makes disturbing discoveries when she writes a book about her sister’s murder.
  13. A FOOL'S GOLD CHRISTMAS, by Susan Mallery. (Harlequin.) Both in Fool’s Gold, Calif., only reluctantly, a dancing teacher and a bad-boy lawyer are drawn together.
  14. FALL OF GIANTS, by Ken Follett. (Penguin Group.) Five interrelated families from five countries are caught in the upheavals of World War I and the Russian Revolution.
  15. SOMETHING WITCHY THIS WAY COMES, by H. P. Mallory. (Random House Publishing.) Back from a round of time travel, the Queen of the Underworld must now protect her realm from the sinister Lurkers; a Jolie Wilkins novel
  1. THE LADY RISKS ALL, by Stephanie Laurens (HarperCollins Publishers)
  2. DELUSION IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb (Penguin Group)
  3. DOWN TO YOU, by M. Leighton (M. Leighton)
  4. NEVER SEDUCE A SCOT, by Maya Banks (Random House Publishing)
  5. SEVERE CLEAR, by Stuart Woods (Penguin Group)
  6. RUN THE RISK, by Lori Foster (HQN)
  7. HEAT RISES, by Richard Castle (Hyperion)
  8. WRONG BED, RIGHT GUY, by Katee Robert (Entangled Publishing)
  9. THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, by M. L. Stedman (Scribner)
  10. WHITE TRASH BEAUTIFUL, by Teresa Mummert (Teresa Mummert)
  11. THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER, by Junot Díaz (Penguin Group)
  12. THE TOMBS, by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry (Penguin Group)
  13. ANYTHING HE WANTS, THE BETRAYAL (#5), by Sara Fawkes (St. Martin's Press)
  14. GABRIEL'S INFERNO, by Sylvain Reynard (Penguin Group)
  15. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, by George R. R. Martin (Random House Publishing)
  16. TELEGRAPH AVENUE, by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins Publishers)
  17. FOUNDERS, by James Wesley Rawles (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)
  18. THE GREATEST KNIGHT, by Elizabeth Chadwick (Sourcebooks)
  19. CLOUD ATLAS, by David Mitchell (Random House Publishing)
  20. A GAME OF THRONES, by George R. R. Martin (Random House Publishing)