2012 will be marked as the year of the billionaire bad boy in books, according to Amazon, which has released its list of best-selling books of the year on Friday.
Amazon top 10
- Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E. L. James
- Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
- Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-volume set by E. L. James
- Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day
- No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen
- The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire) by Jennifer Probst
- Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel by Sylvia Day
- The Racketeer by John Grisham
- Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay
- The Innocent by David Baldacci
The online book seller has named E.L. James' erotic romance novel Fifty Shades Freed, the third book in her Fifty Shades trilogy, as the top seller among new books on Amazon this year.
The first two books in the trilogy were published in 2011, so weren’t eligible for the 2012 list, according to Sara Nelson, editorial director of books and Kindle at Amazon.com.
The Fifty Shades Trilogy in a boxed-set or e-book format, was the third-highest seller.
The second most popular book was Gone Girl, the suspense novel about a marriage gone horribly wrong by Gillian Flynn.
Five of the top 10 books star billionaire bad boys.
American writer Sylvia Day has two erotic novels in this category on the top 10: Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel was No. 4 on the list and Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel was No. 7.
No Easy Day, a first-hand account of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, by Navy SEAL Mark Owen, was also a best-seller. The book was controversial for contradicting official accounts of the raid that led to bin Laden’s death.