NEW YORK — No mega-sellers came out in 2013, at least nothing that compared with E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” or Stieg Larsson’s crime novels.
Adult readers turned to dependable favorites such as Dan Brown and Khaled Hosseini, while teens and grade-schoolers stuck with Rick Riordan, Jeff Kinney and Veronica Roth, the latter of whom’s “Divergent” series is set to debut on the big screen in 2014.
Several books managed to get people not just reading, but talking.
The title of Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” became a catchphrase, and the Facebook executive’s manifesto for working women inspired thousands of discussion groups worldwide. Robert Galbraith’s “The Cuckoo’s Calling” was just another debut thriller until Galbraith was unmasked as “Harry Potter” series author J.K. Rowling.
Writer and director Baz Luhrmann’s booming adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” made F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel a top seller and intensified a decades-long discussion about his Jazz Age classic of status and reinvention.
One of the year’s biggest “word of mouth” hits has been Jojo Moyes’ novel “Me Before You.” The story of a quadriplegic and his caregiver has sold more than 100,000 copies, just for its e-book edition, according to Penguin.
Another hit has been “The Boys In the Boat,” Daniel James Brown’s biography of the American rowing team at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany.