Thoughts on James Patterson

Mickey | General | Monday, January 24th, 2011

James Patterson


In 2007 James Patterson sold over 16 million books in the United States and Canada, alone. Translated, this means that one out of every 15 hard cover books, in the fiction genre, was a James Patterson book. In total, Patterson’s books have sold a staggering 200 million copies around the world and he has ramped up his production by writing, with the help of some co-authors, 10 to 15 new books every year. Patterson is the first author to have a children’s book and an adult book, both listed on the New York Times bestseller list. He is also the only writer to have five new books start at number one on the bestseller list in one single year.

More than just a great writer James Patterson needs to be regarded as a champion of books and reading in general. He regularly donates truckloads of books to troops living overseas. He has also started the Pageturner awards, which gives quite a bit of money to individuals and groups that show ingenious new ways to get people to read.

His Maximum Ride series was his debut into books for a younger audience. And of course they debuted on the bestseller list at his usual spot – number one.

Many of James Patterson’s titles have been adapted into feature films. Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider have both had huge success at the box office. He also created the top new detective series that has come out in recent memory, being the Women’s Murder Club. Take a look here for complete list of James Patterson books in chronological order. This list includes all of Patterson’s co-authors, as well, nicely grouped by the co-author’s name. Since Patterson’s crime novels tend to be, for lack of a better expression, ‘an easy read’ they are the perfect candidate to download onto a Kindle from Amazon bookshop.

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