Amazon's "Best Sellers in Books" list has a mix of fiction, fact and faith. Several of the top ten also reflect the buzz surrounding current and upcoming movie and television adaptations.
The following list is from August 17. Amazon notes the list is updated hourly.
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The movie tie-in tops the bestseller list with stellar reviews from readers. Stockett's debut novel was rejected 60 times before an agent picked it up. Today, the book is a bestseller and the movie adaptation is a box-office hit with Oscar buzz.
2. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition
This is a popular textbook for students and educators. While reviewers initially noted errors in the first print batch in 2009, more recent reviews from earlier this month indicate that subsequent prints were error-free. Soon after the first print, the APA created a supplement for customers with several pages of corrections, a fact noted by reviewers.
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The first book in Collins' hugely popular post-apocalyptic world series is being adapted for film, and the movie is set for release on March 23, 2012. Production photos were released earlier this month, giving a glimpse of the movie's look. The images included that of the protagonist in character as Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence as well as two actors playing characters Gale and Peeta.
4. George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 4-Book Boxed Set: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows
The first four books of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series are now available as a boxed set and have been selling well. The books in the series are expanding to seven. The fifth book, "A Dance With Dragons," was released in hardcover on July 12 of this year to mixed reviews, six years after its predecessor. It is not included in the set. The sixth and seventh books in the series are in the works.
5. The Old Rules of Marketing are Dead: 6 New Rules to Reinvent Your Brand and Reignite Your Business by Timothy Pearson (Paperback)
Timothy Pearson's book has already gained traction after being released only two days ago. Business executive reviewers have so far praised the book for bringing a fresh perspective to business, marketing and branding.
6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Reviewers who recently finished the third and last book of the Hunger Games trilogy offer mostly positive reviews although many said that it was a tough pill to swallow due to the intense subject matter. Still, with a film adaptation of the first book in the series, potential readers will be curious to see how it all ends.
7. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The title of this book could not be more appropriate, as readers are undoubtedly catching up to the trilogy and its movie buzz. The second book and "middle book" in Collins' Hunger Games trilogy has received mostly enthusiastic reviews in recent days.
8. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
"Seabiscuit" author Hillenbrand beautifully captures the life story of Louis Zamperini, a World War II lieutenant who survived for more than a month at sea after his plane was shot down. Hillenbrand writes about Zamperini's life from interviews with him, family, friends and fellow service members, according toa note posted to publisher Random House's website last year. She also researched related diaries, letters and unpublished memoires.
9. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent
The only faith book that makes the top 10, "Heaven is for Real" is about a trip to heaven Burpo's son, Colton, said he took when he was in surgery for a ruptured appendix. The book is narrated by Burpo and co-authored by Vincent, who also co-wrote Sarah Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue."
10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Skloot, a science journalist, goes into the story behind Henrietta Lacks, a black mother of five who died of cervical cancer at the age of 31 in 1951. Johns Hopkins doctors who were treating her took samples of her cervical tissue for research without her knowledge and used them to develop the cell line HeLa, which has aided in medical research. Reviewers have praised Skloot's research and writing style. The book has been picked up by Oprah and Alan Ball for an HBO movie.