A Guide To New York Times Fiction Best Sellers

Featuring in the New York Times bestseller list has become something of a dream for just about every writer there is.

These books are the most popular and beloved books which have had amazing success. 

A Guide To New York Times Fiction Best Sellers

Each year there is a new list added to this bestseller list.

So, as you might have guessed, there are a lot of books that fall under the umbrella of New York Times fiction bestsellers.

Because these bestsellers are constantly changing and kicking out old books for books that are new and hot, it can be hard to know which of these books actually fall into this category. 

But luckily for you, I have the inside scoop and know a bit about the New York Times Fiction Best Sellers.

That is what I am going to cover in great detail in this article.

You will have a roadmap set out for you indicating which books have made it to this hallowed spot in the book community. 

There is quite a lot that I need to go over, so let’s dive right in and get started!

2023 New York Times Fiction Best Sellers

In this section, we are going to take a look at the New York Times Fiction bestsellers of 2023.

There are about fifteen books that were selected for this honor, so let’s take a look at them. 

Encore In Death By J.D. Robb

Encore in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, 56)

This is the fifty-sixth book of the In Death Series.

The story centers around a character named Eve Dallas who is investigating the mysterious death of a beloved stage and screen celebrity.


  • Plenty of other fantastic books by this author are available.
  • J.D. Robb is a talented wordsmith.


  • Some readers found that this book was a little slow to get going. 

This book certainly deserves a top spot in the New York Times fiction bestseller. You really can’t get much more amazing than this book.

It is an example of what fiction should be. 

Someone Else’s Shoes By Jojo Moyes

Someone Else's Shoes: A Novel

When two women are subjected to drastic changes and a pair of high heel Christian Louboutin red crocodile shoes their lives are changed dramatically.

But does it change for the better?


  • The emotional depth and range of the writing is amazing. 
  • Fantastically written and inspirational story. 


  • The language may be too crass for some people. 

If you need a great book that is expertly written, this is certainly going to be one of the best options out there. 

Lessons In Chemistry By Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel

This story centers around a scientist who is a single mother and lives in California during the 1960s. Her stars change when she becomes a star on a TV cooking show.


  • The story in this book is inspiring and an absolute delight to read. 
  • The emotional range of this book is inspired. 
  • The characters in this book are unique, interesting, and well written. 


  • Some of the content in this book may be a bit much for some. 

If you want to read about the very real life of this fictional character, you are going to love this book. It really is a phenomenal book. 

Tomorrow, And Tomorrow, And Tomorrow By Gabrielle Zevin

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel

This book is about two best friends who find their relationship challenged within the world of video game design. 


  • This book will hook you on the first page. 
  • The emotional depth of the characters and writing is amazing. 


  • Some readers found that there were too many toxic relationships in this story.

As far as fictional books go, this one is an absolute gem. You will not be able to put this book down. 

The House In The Pines By Ana Reyes

The House in the Pines: Reese's Book Club (A Novel)

This book takes place about seven years after the main character sees her best friend die in front of her.

She goes back to Berkshires which is her hometown where she intends to put the puzzle together and figure out what happened to her friend. 


  • The story is enrapturing and thrilling. 
  • The language used is awe-inspiring and certainly sets the atmosphere.


  • Some readers found this book was a little slow to get started.

If you are into thrillers, this phenomenal book is going to be right up your street. I certainly loved every single page. 

Demon Copperhead By Barbara Kingsolver

Demon Copperhead: A Pulitzer Prize Winner

This book is essentially a reimagining of the famous Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. This rendition of this old tale is set in the glorious mountains of Southern Appalachia.


  • The characters in this book are delightful and very interesting. 
  • The emotional range is spectacular and really draws you in. 


  • Can be a bit pretentious.

If you are a fan of Charles Dickens’ work, you will certainly love this book. It is written perfectly, and the characters are very interesting. 

Victory City By Salman Rushdie

Victory City: A Novel

This book takes place right after a battle during the 14th century in Southern India.

It centers around a girl named Pampa Kampana who is essentially a vessel for a goddess.

She spends more than two-hundred and fifty years trying to give women equal rights in a world that is patriarchal. 


  • Wonderfully written female character. 
  • The story is unique and brilliant. 


  • There are not very many similar books to enjoy. 

If you want to enjoy a book that is unique, full of culture, and has amazing characters. This story is going to be just what you need in your life. 

Mad Honey By Jodi Picoult And Jennifer Finney Boylan

Mad Honey: A Novel

This story centers around a woman who goes back home to the town where she grew up.

Sadly things are not as good as they once were and her son is not accused of murdering a girl he loved. 


  • The exploration of emotion and the relationships between characters is amazing. 
  • The storytelling is absolutely amazing. 


  • Some of the content may be a little heavy for some readers. 

If you want to explore the complex emotions and relationships of characters you grow to love, this book is going to suit you perfectly. 

Unnatural History By Jonathan Kellerman

Unnatural History: An Alex Delaware Novel

This is one of the authors’ thirty-eighth books which centers around two characters named Alex and Milo who are investigating the murder of a high profile photographer.


  • This story is thrilling and gripping. 
  • The writing in this book is really masterful. 


  • This story may be a little slow for some readers.

If you are a fan of thrillers, this fantastically written work of fiction is going to really tickle your fancy. You can’t get much more interesting than this!

The Boys From Biloxi By John Grisham

The Boys from Biloxi: A Legal Thriller

This book is about two characters who were childhood friends who followed in their father’s footsteps.

Sadly, this puts them on opposing ends of the law and stretches the friendship they once had. 


  • The story in this book is riveting, you will love each and every page of this story.
  • The emotional range and depiction of what the characters are feeling is amazing. 


  • The characterization could be a little better. 

If you are looking for a book with amazing storytelling, this book is going to be right up your street. You will certainly love each and every second of this story. 

The House Of Wolves By James Patterson And Mike Lupica

The House of Wolves: Bolder Than Yellowstone or Succession, Patterson and Lupica's Power-Family Thriller Is Not To Be Missed

This story is about a woman whose father was murdered. When this happens Jenny becomes the leader of a powerful family in California. 


  • This book is thrilling and packed full of action. 
  • A renowned author known for fantastic books. 


  • Some readers found the dialogue to be a bit clunky. 

It is no secret that James Patterson is a phenomenal author.

So why wouldn’t you want to read some of his books that are known to be bestsellers according to the New York Times? 

Fairy Tale By Stephen King

Fairy Tale

This story is about a high school kid that has inherited a shed. This shed is now what it appears.

In fact, it is actually a portal to another world where the forces of good and evil are at war. 


  • A story from this legendary author is always good. 
  • Suspenseful and masterfully written. 


  • Some readers found the story a little slow paced. 

If you have been a long time fan of Stephen King’s work, you are going to adore this book. It is packed full of amazing characters and the storytelling is masterful. 

The House Of Eve By Sadeqa Johnson

The House of Eve

This story centers around a complicated yet loving family and the implications of women with a higher education in the 1950s.


  • The story itself is beautifully written and enrapturing. 
  • The characters are well-balanced and interesting. 


  • The story may be a little predictable.  

If you love fiction that is empowering and masterfully written, this story is going to be right up your street. 

The Midnight Library By Matt Haig

The Midnight Library: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)

This story centers around a character named Nora Seed who finds a library beyond the edge of the universe.

This library has a whole host of books that contain many possibilities and lives of people that could have lived. 


  • This story is absolutely fascinating and well written. 
  • An original story with amazing characters. 


  • Some readers thought that the plot was contrived. 

As far as fictional stories go, this one has to be one of my favorites. It is fun, interesting and certainly something that you will love. 

Maame By Jessica George

Maame: A Today Show Read With Jenna Book Club Pick

This story is about a character named Maddie who is the daughter of an overbearing mother who recently came back from Ghana.

Maddie’s father is also suffering from Parkinson’s as the family struggles to build a life for themselves in London


  • A very moving and emotionally powerful story. 
  • The characters are interesting and lovable. 


  • Some of the content may not be suited to everyone. 

If you want a fantastic fictional book that is interesting and packed full of real problems a family might face, this book will suit you perfectly. 

New York Times Fiction Best Sellers From The Past

As I have said before, there are countless best sellers which go back many years and I have listed some fan favorites above.

Below, you will find some more books that make it onto the New York Times bestsellers list.

As you will have noticed, some of the books that have won in previous years are the same as the books we mentioned at the top.

It just goes to show that sometimes a book is so good that it will continually be a favorite. 

Books That The Fans Loved

Over the years there have been books that have gone above and beyond the New York Times fiction best sellers.

Books that have been in this hallowed spot for five weeks or more. In this section, I am going to go over a few of the books that are beloved by fans. 

These books are all phenomenal and if you have ever read them, you will understand why they have had such a long time as best sellers in the New York Times fiction Best Seller List.

I certainly loved each and every one of these books. 

Final Thoughts

I hope that you have found this article interesting and insightful. Each of the books I have mentioned here is spectacular in its own way.

I do have a deep love for fantasy and if you do too then you will appreciate this list of New York Times Fiction Bestsellers. 

If you did enjoy this article, I heartily recommend that you check out my website. I have a wide selection of book related topics there for you to peruse at your leisure.

From romance to fantasy, there is a wide spectrum of content there for you to explore. 

With all of that benign said, I hope that you have enjoyed reading this article and at least gleaned some knowledge from it. Always keep reading!

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section, I am going to try and answer some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding the New York Times Fiction bestsellers.

This is so that you can better understand this topic. 

How Many Books Are On The N.Y.T. Bestseller List?

The New York Times bestseller list is usually divided into several sections which are as follows: 

Fiction & Nonfiction
Paperback & Hard Cover
Print & E-Book

Each one of these lists will only have fifteen to twenty titles in them.

What Were The Top Three Books On The N.Y.T.’s Best Seller List 2009?

In this year the most popular bestsellers were the following books: The Lost Symbol written by Dan Brown, The Associate written by John Grisham, and finally James Patterson has had several bestsellers in the New York Times bestseller fiction list for a long time. 

What Are The Three Most Read Books In The World?

It will come as no surprise that the most read, and popular books include the following: The Bible, The Holy Quran, and The Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse Tung.

But fictional books that are super popular include the Harry Potter Series, The Lord of the Rings Series, and The Alchemist. 

What Was The Most Read Book In 2022?

Some of the most popular books read in 2022 include the following: it Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Verity by Colleen Hoover, The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood, Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover, Book Lovers by Emily Henry, and more. 

Which Is The Number One Novel In The World? 

The most popular number one ranked novel in the world has to be The Da Vinci Code which was written by Dan Brown. This is closely followed by the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.

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