For the third time since 2004, Dan Brown has written the best-selling book of the year.
Brown's Inferno, a modern-day thriller built on clues from The Inferno,
Dante's 14th-century poem about hell, topped sales in 2013. That's
based on data from USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list and a compilation
of the top 100 best sellers (based on sales from Dec. 31, 2012-Dec. 29,
Brown's first hit, The Da Vinci Code, was No. 1 on USA TODAY's
2004 annual list, and again in 2006, after the movie version was
released. (Sony plans to release the film adaptation of Inferno, starring Tom Hanks, in late 2015.)
It also was a big year for Veronica Roth, 25, who emerged as the most popular new novelist among teen readers, with three books in the top 15.
At No. 2 is Divergent, the first novel in Roth's dystopian/fantasy trilogy, begun in 2011. Sales surged with anticipation of the film version, staring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet, in theaters this March. The series' third book, Allegiant, published in October, is No. 8 for the year. Roth's second novel, Insurgent (2012), is No. 15.