SALT LAKE CITY — Amazon recently unveiled a new chart called “This Year in Books,” which offers a glimpse into the books that defined the last year.
The chart included a look at which states read the most and what they read. Utah ranked among the top 10 reading hot spots, at least according to Kindle readers per state population.
Utah's top sellers for 2017 included: “Oathbringer” by Brandon Sanderson, “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, and Mark Manson's “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a (Expletive).”
Utah was one of four states and territories in which Atwood's “The Handmaid’s Tale” — which inspired the award-winning Hulu series of the same name — wasn’t the top-selling book. Ohio, Puerto Rico and Guam were the only other locations.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” ranked as the most-read fiction book of the year nationwide, with "The Subtle Art” topping the list for the most read nonfiction book.
Sanderson's “Oathbringer” led the list of “Top 5 Unputdownable” books — those books that “readers tore through faster than comparable books,” according to Amazon.
Sanderson’s hit novel is the third in his 10-part Stormlight Archive series.
“Oathbringer” broke records with its release, becoming the most pre-ordered audiobook in Audible.com’s history.8 comments on this story
“A lot of people are finding that they love listening to audiobooks, and what they particularly love listening to audiobooks for are books that are otherwise bulky and hard to carry around,” Sanderson told the Deseret News. “They are not only a really good value on Audible, or your audiobook website of choice, but also since they are so big and heavy they are just much more portable in audiobook form. So we tend to do really well in audio, but I still didn't expect to be the No. 1 most pre-ordered book of all-time on Audible.”
You can read more from our interview with Sanderson at the Deseret News.
Update: A previous version of this article identified Guam and Puerto Rico as U.S. states. They are U.S. territories.