The Top YA Books On Amazon In 2016: A State-By-State Breakdown

I’m a data nerd. Things that can be counted and explored via number,s especially when it comes to something that’s of an art form, really gets me excited. I know it’s nearly impossible to draw conclusions from data without having run a hefty series of statistical analyses and eliminating all potential confounding factors.

But what I do know is: you can discover some interesting connections.

So when the opportunity to explore numbers and YA lit presents itself, I find it impossible not to poke around. In this case, I was curious what books published last year were the most popular books sold in each of the 50 United States on Amazon. The data, which I received from Amazon, not only provided a really interesting insight into book sales from last year, but it also provided a glimpse into the best selling 2016 YA books from US territories. Those, I think, might be even more interesting than what will be seen on a state-by-state level.

Before diving into the winners, take a moment and guess which titles you might suspect were the most popular last year. The books in this data set were published in 2016, too, so the always-popular books and those which saw big pushes due to adaptations — titles like The Fault in Our Stars and 13 Reasons Why and If I Stay  — aren’t included in this round up.

Got your picks? Let’s see if you’ve come close to guessing.

Alabama: Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For? by Kari Kampakis

 

Alaska: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

 

Arizona: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Arkansas The Crown by Kiera Cass

 

California: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Colorado: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Connecticut: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Deleware: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

 

Florida: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Georgia: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Hawaii: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Idaho: The Crown by Kiera Cass

 

 

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Indiana: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Iowa: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Kansas: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Kentucky: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Louisiana: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Maine: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Maryland: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Massachusetts: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Michigan: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Minnesota: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Mississippi: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Missouri: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

 

Montana: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Nebraska: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Nevada: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

New Hampshire: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

New Jersey: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

New Mexico: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

New York: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

North Carolina: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

North Dakota: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Ohio: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Oklahoma: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Oregon: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Pennsylvania: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Rhode Island: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

South Carolina: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

South Dakota: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Tennessee: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Texas: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Utah: The Crown by Kiera Cass

 

Vermont: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Virginia: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

District of Columbia: Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

 

Washington: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

West Virginia: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

Wisconsin: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

 

 

Wyoming: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

So last year’s biggest seller across the 50 states (and the District of Columbia)? The Last Star by Rick Yancey. Runner up was The Crown by Kiera Cass. Both of those books were part of a series and not the beginning entry. The two rogue titles, Liked and Women In Science, are both nonfiction titles and about as different from Yancey and Cass’s books as possible.

Let’s not stop there, though. Things become a little more interesting when the US territories and other affiliated locations with US postal codes (i.e., military) are taken into account, as they add a range of very different titles to the mix.

 

 

US Armed Forces, America: The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

US Armed Forces, Europe: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

US Armed Forces, Pacific: The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Micronesia: The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

Guam: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

Northern Mariana Islands: Cracking The AP English Literature and Composition Exam from The Princeton Review

Puerto Rico: The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Palau: Star Wars Ahsoka by EK Johnston

US Virgin Islands: Can I Kiss Youby Michael J Domitrz

 

So anything catch you by surprise? Are there titles you expected to see but didn’t? I won’t lie: I’m surprised there weren’t more instances of AP study guides or similar books cracking the list.

Perhaps the most interesting thing for me is seeing how many of the best sellers here repeated state-by-state…and how many of the books that sold really well last year on other lists didn’t crack the Amazon top seller.

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