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Alexis, Penny, Reid represent Canadians on 2015 Amazon.ca bestseller lists

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Andre Alexis (photo: Hannah Zoe Davidson)

André Alexis, Louise Penny, and Raziel Reid are the three lone Canadians on Amazon.ca’s lists of 2015 bestselling titles.

Amazon.ca’s overall top-selling books list was led by Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, and included Quebec author Penny for Book 11 in her Chief Inspecter Gamache mystery series, The Nature of the Beast (Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press), and Alexis for his Scotiabank Giller Prize– and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize–winning novel, Fifteen Dogs (Coach House Books).

Amazon.ca released its first-ever list of bestselling books for kids and teens. Jeff Kinney’s latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid installment topped that list, which also featured When Everything Feels like the Movies (Arsenal Pulp Press), the controversial Governor General’s Literary Award-winning novel by Reid, a columnist and the newly appointed University of British Columbia adjunct writing professor.

Amazon.ca editors also chose their overall favourite books of the year (not based on sales), featuring Canadians Patrick DeWitt for Undermajordomo Minor, Kate Beaton for Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection, Mark Schatzker for The Dorito Effect, Jillian Tamaki for SuperMutant Ninja Academy, Adam Schroeder for All-Day Breakfast, and Jess Taylor for Pauls. A best Canadian books of the year list was also announced, crowned by Alexis’s Fifteen Dogs.

The top 20 best-selling books of the year

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian by E.L. James
  3. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  4. Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book by Johana Basford
  5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web: Millennium Series Book 4 by David Lagercrantz
  6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  7. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  8. Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
  9. Memory Man by David Baldacci
  10. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  11. Creative Haven Creative Cats Colouring Book by Marjorie Sarnat
  12. Last Ocean: An Inky Adventure & Colouring Book by Johana Basford
  13. Silent Scream by Angela Marsons
  14. The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Into Reality by Dr. Phil McGraw
  15. The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
  16. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
  17. The Crossing by Michael Connelly
  18. Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
  19. Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer
  20. Finders Keepers by Stephen King

The top 20 best-selling books of the year for kids & teens

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book Ten: Old School by Jeff Kinney
  2. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
  3. Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA by Jimmy Fallon
  4. PAW Patrol Phonics Box Set by Jennifer Liberts
  5. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  6. What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
  7. The Heir: Book Four of the Selection Series by Kiera Cass
  8. Theodore Boone: The Fugitive by John Grisham
  9. Queen of Shadows: A Throne of Glass Novel by Sarah J. Maas
  10. Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  11. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  12. Firefight: The Reckoners Book Two by Brandon Sanderson
  13. The Fate of Ten: Lorien Legacies Book 6 by Pittacus Lore
  14. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  15. Winter: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  16. The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett
  17. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  18. When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
  19. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  20. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt