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2011 bestsellers include 'The Hunger Games,' 'Wimpy Kid,' 'A Game of Thrones'

For Suzanne Collins, 2011 was a very good year.

Publishers Weekly has released its annual roundup of bestselling books, and, even though none of the books in Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy was new last year, fans bought 9.2 million copies — 6.4 in print, 2.8 in e-book format. (The books sold 4.3 million in 2010.)

On PW's bestseller lists for books first published in 2011, only two titles in hardback broke 1 million copies: in fiction, John Grisham's The Litigators; in nonfiction, Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Each book sold 1.1 million copies.

The No. 2 books in each category, coincidentally, both deal with assassinations: Stephen King's 11/22/63 and Killing Lincoln by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.

The top of the fiction list is, as usual, dominated by mysteries and thrillers; James Patterson had seven top sellers, totaling 2.4 million copies. Literary fiction doesn't show up until the No. 27 spot, held by Paula McClain's The Paris Wife, followed a few slots down by Erin Morgenstern's debut The Night Circus and Ann Patchett's State of Wonder.

Nonfiction is, as always, a mix: diet books like The 17 Day Diet; inspirational books by authors such as Joel Osteen and Ann Voskamp; research-based works like In the Garden of Beasts and Inside of a Dog; and memoirs by Tina Fey, Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, and Tim Tebow. (A memoir by a 24-year-old? Really?)

Notable at No. 5 on the nonfiction list is the little joke that could, parodic picture book Go the F--- to Sleep. Aimed at tired parents, it was a viral smash for small press Akashic Books, selling more than half a million copies.

The Tampa Bay area boasts one denizen of the 2011 bestseller list: Michael Connelly's The Drop holds the No. 26 spot with more than 300,000 copies, and his The Fifth Witness comes in at No. 32.

Connelly is even more of a presence on the e-book bestseller list. His 2005 novel The Lincoln Lawyer (the basis for a 2011 movie) is No. 5 there with almost half a million copies sold, and The Fifth Witness, The Black Echo and The Drop each sold 200,000-plus.

Dominating the paperback bestseller lists is fantasy author George R.R. Martin. Four of the top five are titles in his A Game of Thrones series (basis for the HBO hit), each of them selling more than 1 million copies.

As for children's and YA print books, trailing The Hunger Games were the Wimpy Kid series with 6 million copies, Rick Riordan's several myth-based series at 5 million, Harry Potter at 2.5 million and Twilight at 1.6 million.

2011 bestsellers include 'The Hunger Games,' 'Wimpy Kid,' 'A Game of Thrones' 03/31/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 31, 2012 4:30am]
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