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Amazon Reveals Bestselling Books of 2012

Amazon has revealed the bestselling books of 2012, a list led by E. L. James, Gillian Flynn and Sylvia Day.

We’ve reprinted the complete list below, but you can also check out the company’s top 100 lists of the Adult Print Books, Kids & Teens Print BooksAdult Kindle Books of 2012 and Kids & Teens Kindle Books for the year.

1. “Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy” by E.L. James
2/ “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn
3. “Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-volume Boxed Set” by E.L. James

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Goodreads Choice Award Winners Revealed

With 11,525 votes, The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling has won the Best Fiction award at the Goodreads Choice Awards. Earning 20,328 votes, Veronica Roth was named Best Goodreads Author for Insurgent.

We’ve linked to samples of all the winners below.

All these authors were nominated and picked by Goodreads users. Did your favorite writer make the list?

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Gillian Flynn Lands Deal for YA Book

Author Gillian Flynn has inked a two-book deal with Random House. Flynn (pictured, via) will write a new novel for adults and her first young-adult novel.

Crown Publishing Group will publish the adult book and Delacorte Press will handle the YA book. No details about the titles, storylines or release dates have been revealed. Fans can expect a new adult book (a separate project from this deal) from Flynn to hit bookstores in 2015.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Since its publication in June, Gone Girl, Ms. Flynn’s third novel, about a wife who disappears as she and her husband are celebrating their fifth anniversary, has become arguably the year’s biggest literary phenomenon for a book not containing the words ‘Fifty Shades’ in its title. Gone Girl spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the hardcover fiction best-seller list of The New York Times, and has sold more than 2 million copies in print and digital formats, Crown said.”

Fifty Shades of Grey Boosts Random House Earnings

Random House posted a 64 percent increase in operating profit for the first half of 2012. According to Variety, the publisher also boasted a 20 percent increase in revenue–rising to $1.2 billion.

Here’s more from the article: “The titillating [50 Shades of Grey] trilogy sold more than 30 million copies between March and June, with sales evenly divided between the trade paperback and e-book editions. The Social Network producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey the first book in the trilogy, for Universal Pictures and Focus Features.”

Random House also credited the growth in eBook sales and the popularity of some of their biggest bestselling authors including George R.R. Martin  (A Song of Ice and Fire series), John Grisham (Calico Joe), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and Dr. Seuss (The Lorax).

Readers Dislike Lauren Conrad’s Bookshelf Box Craft Video

Reality television star and author Lauren Conrad earned 1,848 dislikes on YouTube for a craft video showing her fans how to chop up books and create a storage space using dissected book spines. UPDATE: The video has since been removed.

In the video, Conrad calmly dismantled a copy of A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket to create a “Bookshelf Box”–what do you think of her project?

Here’s more from her site: “In this episode of Crafty Creations I’ll be showing you a clever and resourceful way to recycle old, used books into a unique storage space … I love this DIY because it’s a great solution for stowing away unsightly items that may be lurking on your shelves—remotes, chargers, etc.”

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What’s Your Favorite Book with a Twist?

What’s your favorite book with a twist? Share your favorite twisty novel at Random House’s TwistedLit hashtag. This GalleyCat editor recommends Pick-Up by Charles Willeford.

Over at Time magazine, Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn shared her four favorite books with literary twists. We’ve linked to free samples of her picks below–some great summer reading for the beach…

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (pictured, via)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

Gillian Flynn Inks Movie Deal for Gone Girl

Thriller novelist Gillian Flynn has just landed a “seven-figure” deal with 20th Century Fox for the movie rights to her bestseller, Gone Girl. The novelist will write the screenplay.

Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Leslie Dixon will produce the Gone Girl project. Witherspoon also optioned Wild by Cheryl Strayed earlier this year. If you want to explore the book, check out our Gone Girl library post.

Deadline Hollywood had the scoop: “Flynn, who has three novels on the bestseller lists all at once, has two other movie projects in the works. Dark Places has Amy Adams attached to star, with Gilled Paquet-Brenner directing and her first novel, Sharp Objects, was optioned by Alliance with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum producing.”

Amazon Editors Pick the 20 Best Books of 2012 So Far

Today Amazon editors revealed their picks for the best books of the year so far. The top ten books on the list were all published by the Big Six publishers–no Amazon Publishing, indie presses or self-published titles.

The editors also picked their top ten books in all the popular categories: biographies & memoirs, business & investing, cookbooks, food & wine, crafts, hobbies & home, literature & fiction, mystery & thrillers, nonfiction, romance, science fiction & fantasy, comics & graphic novels, and teens,  middle grade and picture books for kids.

Here’s more from Amazon: “Customers can also enter the Best Books of the Year So Far Sweepstakes on the Amazon.com Books Facebook page through July 23 for a chance to win one of 10 Kindle Fire devices, each accompanied by a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C., 18 or over. Learn more [here] and enter for a chance to win.”

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‘Gone Girl’ Library

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn rocketed to the top of the Indie Bestseller List this week following some great reviews and BEA buzz.

The summer thriller is filled with enough suspense and twists to keep any beach reader happy, but it is also a book about writing. The main characters are avid readers, and they write letters, articles, journals, kid’s books and memoirs. The novel references other books, little Easter eggs nestled in the plot.

We’ve rounded up our five favorite book references in the thriller, building a spoiler-free library for anybody who wishes they could keep reading Gone Girl

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Sally Kim Named Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster

Sally Kim (pictured) has been named editorial director at Touchstone, a Simon & Schuster imprint. She will report to vice president and publisher Stacy Creamer.

Here’s more from the press release: “In the course of her career Sally has specialized in quality fiction with commercial appeal, which fits perfectly with our Touchstone mission. Her authors have included Lisa Unger, Gillian Flynn, Allison Winn Scotch, Justin Evans, Phillip Margolin, Cecelia Ahern, and Kate White.”

Kim’s previously served as executive editor at HarperCollins. Kim’s publishing career has included jobs at Random House, Macmillan, and the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

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