on list
1) Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Harper Perennial) 3 1
2) The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher (Roc) 4 5
3) A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 3 2
4) Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Morrow) 6
5) Shadows of Self, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 3 4
6) The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor) 5
7) Thunderbird, Jack McDevitt (Ace) 1
8) The Martian, Andy Weir (Crown) 5
9) Elantris: Tenth Anniversary Author’s Definitive Edition, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 1
10) Library of Souls, Ransom Riggs (Quirk) 1
1) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 5 1
2) The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 28 7
3) Crucible: All-New Tales of Valdemar, Mercedes Lackey, ed. (DAW) 1
4) The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor) 6
5) A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra) 64
6) Alien in Chief, Gini Koch (DAW) 1
*) The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW) 11 9
8) A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin (Bantam) 25 8
*) Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (Tor) 48
*) Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (HarperTorch) 6
1) The Martian, Andy Weir (Broadway) 14 2
2) Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit) 3 1
3) Trigger Warning, Neil Gaiman (Harpercollins/Morrow) 1
4) Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit) 24 4
5) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books) 15
1) Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chuck Wendig (LocusBooks) 4 1
2) Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi, Kevin Hearne (LucasBooks) 1
3) Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy, Benjamin Harper (Reader’s Digest) 1
1) Forgotten Realms: Homecoming: Archmage, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 4 1
2) Assassin’s Creed: Underworld, Oliver Bowden (Ace) 1
3) Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex I: Night of the Hunter, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 13 2
4) Forgotten Realms: Companions Codex III: Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf, R. A. Salvatore (Wizards of the Coast) 10 3


Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor held onto first place on the hardcover list, with Jim Butcher’s The Aeronaut’s Windlass moving up to second. There were no new runners-up. We had 51 titles nominated, one more than last month’s 50.

The Martian by Andy Weir topped the paperback list for the fourth month in a row. Second place went to Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind. There were no new runners-up. There were 66 nominated titles, up from 59 last month.

On the trade paperback list, Andy Weir’s The Martian reclaimed the top spot from Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie, which came in second. There were no new runners-up. There were 37 nominated titles, the same number as last month.

In media-related books, Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig took the top spot once more, followed in second place by Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne. There were no new runners-up. There were 36 nominated titles, up from 26 last month.

R.A. Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt: Homecoming: Archmage, held onto first place in gaming-related books, beating second place finisher Assassin’s Creed: Underworld by Oliver Bowden by only one point. There were no new runners-up. We had 16 nominated titles, up from last month’s 13.

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Compiled with data from

Bakka-Phoenix Books (Canada),

Barnes & Noble (USA),

Borderlands (CA),

McNally Robinson (2 in Canada),

Mysterious Galaxy (CA),

Toadstool (2 in NH),

Uncle Hugo’s (MN),

University Bookstore (WA),

White Dwarf (Canada).

Data period: December 2015.

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