I think it’s safe to say that if you’re reading this, you probably know what a New York Times Best Seller is. For the rest of you, it’s the bestselling non-fiction or fiction title, at the New York Times, that reached the number one spot on their bestseller list.

But what is a Times Best Seller exactly?

Well, it’s not like the Oscars with their famous prize for Best Picture. Instead, it’s a list of the most popular books on a particular subject, as ranked by the New York Times.

So let’s take a quick look at the top 15 bestsellers at the New York Times as of March 17th, 2019.

The Adventure Time Book 1: Islands Of History

This first entry on our list isn’t a book at all, but rather a graphic novel by Devan Walsh and Jon Haneko. It’s a tie-in with the popular Cartoon Network show, Adventure Time and focuses on the early days of the show’s main character, Finn (a.k.a. “The Hero Of Ice And Fire”). Weighing in at a whopping 6.8 pounds, this volume serves as both a perfect companion for fans and a great entry point for those discovering the show for the first time.

The Adventure Time Book 1: Islands Of History will keep fans excited about the series. Unfortunately, this is the last book in the series and so far, all of the entries have been pretty amazing. But since none of the books have been reprinted, the finale will have to do.

The Girl With All the Gifts

Yes, this is another book about zombies and it’s the second New York Times Best Seller on our list. But this one is a little bit different. It was originally published in 2014 and was the first in a trilogy by acclaimed Scottish author, Michael Grant. The book reimagines the classic “Candyman” story and follows a young girl named Dana who receives several “gifts” that change the course of history.

This is one of the most unique entries on our list because of its unusual setting and interesting perspective on familiar zombie clichés. Readers will find themselves transported away to a time when a deadly virus swept the globe and turned the infected into ravenous zombies. Fans of The Girl With All the Gifts will enjoy seeing familiar characters and settings from the “Candyman” mythos in a fresh light.

The Goldfinch

Speaking of zombies, let’s not forget about The Goldfinch, a 2017 novel by Donna Tartt. It’s been listed as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, and others. The story revolves around a young man named Theo, who finds himself embroiled in a deadly game when he inadvertently travels back in time to the French Revolution.

Like many other entries on this list, The Goldfinch is an example of post-apocalyptic fiction and explores the damage that can be done when society collapses. But it’s more than just that. This is a novel about obsession, nature vs. nurture, and how even the most ordinary person can find themselves propelled into extraordinary circumstances.

American Satan

Speaking of extraordinary circumstances, let’s not forget about American Satan, a 2019 young adult novel by Matt Blitz. It’s the first in a series and follows a 16-year-old boy named Remy who moves to Los Angeles with his family after being ostracized for having psychic powers in his hometown. There, he teams up with a psychic detective named Brand, who helps him uncover the mysteries of his past while avoiding the clutches of a vengeful god.

While most of these books are categorized as thriller fiction or dystopian sci-fi, there are a few surprises on our list. The first is The Girl With All the Gifts, which is actually a fairy tale retelling of the story of Cinderella. And the second is American Satan, whose author happens to be one of the most in-demand screenwriters of all time. This is the third time Matt Blitz has been recognized by the New York Times as one of the most promising new writers and demonstrates the influence that his celebrity authorship can have on his work. While it’s not yet known whether or not American Satan will be adapted into a film, Matt Blitz seems to be leading an exciting and productive career.

Jacket

Speaking of Hollywood, let’s not forget about Jacket, a 2018 crime thriller by Greg Higgins. A year spent writing this novel gave Higgins a ring of authenticity that seeps through on every page. He combines elements of documentary with literary fiction to tell the story of a young con artist, who’s on the run from the mob, and an eccentric, yet brilliant detective who becomes obsessed with proving the con artist’s innocence. This is not your typical heist thriller. It explores the thin line between genius and madness and asks the question: What would you do if you knew that the one person holding the key to your future was the one person who could possibly turn you in?

This year saw several crime and thriller novels hit the New York Times Best Seller list, including The Goldfinch, American Satan, and the breakout hit, Killing Time by Lauren Oliver. It seems that after years of being under-appreciated, Detective Dick Wolf is at last being hailed as the “godfather” of the modern-day detective novel.

The Goldfinch

Speaking of Detective Dick Wolf, let’s not forget about The Goldfinch, which was just mentioned above. This is the first novel in a trilogy by Donna Tartt, who’s been on the New York Times Best Seller list for 23 years, with 12 other titles to her name. The story follows a young man named Theo who finds himself embroiled in a deadly game when he inadvertently travels back in time to the French Revolution. While he tries to stay alive and return to his own time period, he must dodge the clutches of a vengeful god who wants him for his own dark purposes.

Theo’s adventure doesn’t end in the French Revolution. As you might have guessed, things inevitably go wrong and he’s forced to play a dangerous game with deadly consequences. But it’s not always as it seems and one must be careful not to judge too quickly. That’s the mark of a good detective story after all. The Goldfinch was first published in 2017 and won the prestigious Locus Award for Best Novel.

The novel is currently in development as a film, with John Malkovich and Rufus Sewell set to play the leads, and will be released on January 9th, 2020.

The Girl With All the Gifts

Speaking of films, let’s not forget about The Girl With All the Gifts, the 2014 novel by Michael Grant. It was the first in a trilogy about a young girl named Dana who is ostracized for having “gifts” that set her apart from other children. While trying to avoid retaliation from the hateful neighbors who want her dead, Dana discovers a magical world hidden beneath her village. There, she meets a fanged monster named Tristan, who helps her escape the clutches of the wicked witch, Esther. Sadly, when Dana returns home, she finds that the witch has imprisoned her father in their stead, forcing her to take up arms against them.

Like many entries on this list, The Girl With All the Gifts is categorized as dystopian fiction and explores the damage that can be done when society collapses. But it’s more than just that. This is a novel about obsession, nature vs. nurture, and how even the most ordinary person can find themselves propelled into extraordinary circumstances.

American Satan

And now for something entirely different. American Satan, the 2019 young adult novel by Matt Blitz, is the first in a series about a 16-year-old boy named Remy, who moves to Los Angeles with his family after being ostracized for having psychic powers in his hometown. While there, he teams up with a psychic detective named Brand, who helps him uncover the mysteries of his past, avoiding the clutches of a vengeful god.

This is one of the most unique entries on our list because of its unusual setting and interesting perspective on familiar zombie clichés. While most of these books are categorized as thriller fiction or dystopian sci-fi, there are a few surprises on our list. The first is The Goldfinch, whose author happens to be one of the most in-demand screenwriters of all time. This is the third time Matt Blitz has been recognized by the New York Times as one of the most promising new writers and demonstrates the influence that his celebrity authorship can have on his work.