Top Best Selling Books by Year: 2000 vs. 2020


Things change a lot over twenty years. Back in the year 2000, Harry Potter books were really popular, and JK Rowling was churning novels out almost on an annual basis. Plus, self-help books sold really well back then.

In the year 2020, books about President Donald Trump and racism are really popular. It’s kind of weird that in the year 2000 people who loved Harry Potter and self-help bought Harry Potter and self-help books, but in 2020 people who despise Donald Trump and racism keep buying books about Trump and racism.

With that in mind here are the Top Selling Books (all genres except children’s) in 2000 (according to Best Sellers of 2000 in Books):

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

2. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson MD

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

6. Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength by Bill Phillips

7. The Brethren by John Grisham

8. The Beatles Anthology: Beatles Gifts, The Beatles Merchandise, The Beatles Memorabilia) by The Beatles

9. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

10. Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money- That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not by Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter


Top Selling Books (so far) in 2020 (according to Best Sellers of 2020 in Books):

1. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary Trump

2. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

3. Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyers

4. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

5. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DeAngelo

6. The Room Where It Happened by John Bolton

7. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

8. How To Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi

9. Rage by Bob Woodward

10. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


Some things don’t really change. In the year 2000, I was a cheapskate who didn’t buy best sellers when they first came out. That hasn’t changed. If I’m interested in a best seller, I’ll wait until I can find a cheap copy or check it out from the library.

Back in the year 2000, I didn’t read Harry Potter books because I’d already read (and gotten tired of) fantasy books by the time the Harry Potter books came out. I didn’t read self-help books because I thought most of the authors were scam artists.

Today, I don’t read books about Donald Trump because I can watch the news any time I want. I don’t read books about racism because I’m already anti-racist (or I’m too fragile).


Enough about me! What do you think? How have your reading habits changed over the last twenty years?

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