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Looking for a popular book recommendation? Explore the best-selling books right now to see what’s hot and trending. You’ll quickly and easily decide what to read next based on what everyone else is loving at the moment. See what made the current list below.

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My Review: ★★★★★

#1 Best-selling historical fiction author Kristin Hannah’s new release, The Women, topped just about every bestseller list I checked for the second month in a row now. (This RARELY happens.) It’s easily one of her best books yet, transporting the reader to the Vietnam War (and its aftermath) through the eyes of a young female nurse. I thought it was excellent on audio.

Top 10 Best-Selling Books Right Now: What Everyone’s Reading

Below are the top ten best-selling books based on an analysis of data from major retailers and resources (in alphabetical order):

The #1 Lawyer by James Patterson: (Fiction) The beloved author is back with a book co-written with author Nancy Allen. The premise is that Mississippi’s top lawyer and local celebrity becomes a murder suspect after his wife is killed.

A Fate Inked in Blood: Book One of the Saga of the Unfated by Danielle L. Jensen: (Fiction) Fantasy is ALL the rage right now, particularly with Gen Z readers. Here, we have the first book in a Norse-inspired fantasy romance series with everything from gods to Vikings and forbidden romance.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: (Fiction) This fantasy re-telling of Beauty and the Beast remains a huge hit, thanks to its popularity on social media. It seems like EVERYONE is reading it right now. It’s up next for me!

First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston: (Fiction) This Reese’s Book Club thriller was one of the first books “everyone” seemed to be talking about in 2024. It has a unique premise, is well-plotted, and offers some great surprises. (My rating: ★★★★☆)

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros: (Fiction) This dragon school fantasy romance book came out of nowhere and became so HOT on ALL the lists. Readers of all types love it (including me — and I’m generally not a fantasy reader), so even if you don’t think it’s for you, it’s totally worth a shot. (My rating: ★★★★★)

Happy Place by Emily Henry: (Fiction) This popular 2023 romance read is back on top due to its recent paperback release. Here, a broken-up couple pretends they’re still together at their annual “friends vacation” in Maine. It’s easily one of her best. (My rating: ★★★★☆)

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride: (Fiction) This book appeared on nearly all the bestseller lists and is amounting rave reviews and accolades far and wide. When a skeleton is found, it ends up revealing the secrets of the “dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows.” It’s a story of survival and community during dark times that will remain with me for years. (My rating: ★★★★★)

Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros: (Fiction) This hotly anticipated sequel to Fourth Wing picks up where the story left off and takes the reader along an epic whirlwind of both historical background and fast-paced action in the dragon-filled fantasy land readers adore. Not as good as the first, but utterly worth it (My rating: ★★★★☆)

James by Percival Everett: (Fiction) This Pulitzer Prize Finalist is at the top of so many bestseller lists right now that I added it to my own April reading list! It’s a re-telling of Huck Finn from Jim’s perspective, best for fans of the classics and literary fiction.

The Women by Kristin Hannah: (Fiction) This historical fiction novel topped just about every bestseller list I checked. (This RARELY happens.) It’s easily one of her best books yet, transporting the reader to the Vietnam War (and its aftermath) through the eyes of a young female nurse. I thought it was excellent on audio. (My rating: ★★★★★)

Methodology: Picking the Current Best-Selling Books

It can actually be tough to figure out what books are best-sellers right now because the various retailers and sources use varied metrics plus often break the lists down into different categories. So, what I have done is scoured the following best book lists (of the most popular books right now) to figure out which books were most common to all of these sources:

It actually became quickly clear which books rose to the top overall, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here.


I ONLY included adult titles, both fiction and nonfiction.

When in doubt, I gave a bit more weight to the list of Publishers Weekly, which is based on the data of NPD BookScan. It covers about 85 percent of trade print books sold in the United States through direct reporting from major retailers.


Those are the best-selling books right now based on my unique data analysis to help you find your next great read. I keep it updated so you can see exactly what’s hot right now.

To recap, if you’re still struggling to pick just one interesting book to read, The Women topped just about every bestseller list I checked, and it was a 5-star read for me too!

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  1. Happy Anniversary!
    Have you read YOURS TRULY by Abby Jimenez? I absolutely loved it!! Probably more so than Happy Place.
    Enjoy so many of your recommendations that I think our book preferences align & you would enjoy it. Her last book, PART OF YOUR WORLD is also a favorite.

    1. Yes! I agree — I liked both but I preferred Yours Truly as well. Like you, I love Abby Jiminez’s books. Part of Your World was excellent. I just gave it to my sister and she also loved it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and recommendations.