Top 10 Best Selling Books for Men 2012

It's always handy to know what are the top 10 best selling books for men, for the man in your life. Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, you can't go wrong with a good book. If your man is anything like mine, he will pick up books from the library, or second hand shops, but the chances are he will not yet have laid his hands on the newer books that have just been published and which are simply flying off the shelves, such is the desire to read them.

All the best books tend to end up in a best selling list at some point, so you know that if you choose from a best selling list you will have made a good choice.

Books make lovely gifts for people you don't know too well. Perhaps you want to say thankyou to a stranger for a kindness done. Buy him a nice book from the top 10 best selling books for men.

Steve Jobs Biography

Steve Jobs: Biography by Walter Isaacson

Every man can take some inspiration from the life and outlook of the late, great Steve Jobs. A man who founded more successful companies on one short lifetime that an other in modern history, Steve Jobs is someone we can look up and aspire to become.

The founder of the giant Apple Corporation, he revolutionized six industries, personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

Now You See Her by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Now You See Her by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Now You See Her is another exciting page turner that we have come to expect from such an exalted team such as James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.

Nina Bloom is a high flying lawyer with a dark and secret past.

Married with a family and living in New york city, no-one knows about Nina's secret past which she would prefer to remain buried.

Now she must return to Florida to face up to her past, in order to save an innocent man from being framed for a murder he did not commit.

Excellent book that will keep you glued to the pages.

Tick Tock (Michael Bennett)

Tick Tock (Michael Bennett) by James Patterson

From the author who has been on the New York Times Bestseller list more than any other author ever, comes yet another great book, sure not too disappoint.

Tick Tock is a crime thriller featuring New York's number 1 detective, Michael Bennett, who finds himself called away form his relaxing summer vacation when a bomb is planted in a top public library.

As usual in James Connelly books, he has managed to weave an exciting tale around crime situations while endearing the reader to the main character whole family life is anything but ordinary.

What the Night Knows: A Novel [Hardcover]

What the Night Knows: A Novel by Dean Koontz

Homicide detective John Calvino fought and killed a mass murderer who'd been murdering families, when he was just 14 years old. Twenty years later, a killer is on the loose again and the similarities between the new killings and the original massacres are frightening real. This time, John's own family is threatened and he must use his logical detective mind to fight against an illogical entity who has been resurrected. In true Koontz style, What The Night Knows will have you gripping the edge of your seat.

Dead or Alive Jack Ryan by Tom Clancy

Another bestseller from world favorite international thriller writer Tom Clancy, Dead or Alive Jack Ryan is a story about terrorist plots and those who seek them out and hunt them down.

Brilliantly written, this book is sure to be read from start to finish and thoroughly enjoyed.

The Outlaws: a Presidential Agent novel [Hardcover]

The Outlaws: a Presidential Agent novel by W.E.B Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV

A military thriller featuring hero Charlie Castillo whose top-secret government unit has been disbanded by the incoming president, after the last president died unexpectedly. But a consignment of a secret bio-weapon called Congo-X turns up in the US, Charlie rallies his old team and set about tracking down where it came from and what whoever has it plans to do with it, this time without the support of their own government. Exciting and action-packed, a must for Griffin fans.

The Confession: A Novel by John Grisham

From the master of the legal thriller, John Grisham brings us The Confession: A Novel.

A young man gets convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to death row. The real killer, a serial criminal, escapes Scot-free. Years pass and the young man is days away from execution when the criminal, who is by this time dying from an incurable brain tumor, decides to admit to his crime. No-one believes him. Can he prove his case in time?

Cross Fire (Alex Cross) by James Patterson

From the master in crime detective novels, Cross Fire (Alex Cross) is another craftily-written murder mystery that you just can't put down. James Patterson is awesome in his abilities to not only engage the reader but keep them fascinated throughout.

In Cross Fire, police detective Alex Cross puts his wedding plans on hold when some prominent politicians are murdered. Well known in Washington as being corrupt, others soon follow suit.Can Alex cross track down the perpetrators?

Meanwhile, Alex's old adversory Kyle Craig, having escaped from prison returns to taunt Alex.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

An absolutely amazing, can't put down book, Laura Hillenbrand brings us the fascinating and true story of Louie Zamperini, a juvenile delinquent turned Olympic-class runner turned army hero.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption tells his story from his youth in California in the 1920s through being shipwrecked at sea in shark-infested waters during World War II, right through to the nail-biting climax.

Port Mortuary (A Scarpetta Novel) [Hardcover]

Port Mortuary (A Scarpetta Novel) by Patricia Cornwell


Serious fans who have felt a bit let-down of late by Patricia Cornwell's recent novels will love this return to form in her latest Scarpetta novel. Now elevated to the position of chief medical examiner, Kay Scarpetta resolves to untangle the web of deception left by the sudden death of a man and the murder of a child. The confessed killer is apparently innocent despite the confession. Various clues left behind lead Scarpetta to the real killer, and a more clever foe she has yet to meet.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

If you're a fan of the Daily Show, then you will love this book by Jon Stewart.

Packed full of infographics, A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race is a deliciously funny, light-hearted look at our world and the people in it, from the point of view of an alien visiting for the the first time.

Completely irreverent, the trademark wit of the Daily show team show shines through.

Life by Keith Richards

Aptly name, Life is the autobiography of Keith Richards, lead guitarist of one of the most successful bands the world has ever seen, The Rolling stones.

This book is a must for rock fans everywhere. Keith Richards brings himself to this book. We see the real man behind the rock star facade. In an easy to read style, he brings us the hard hitting facts about the whole sex, drugs and rock n roll lifestyle while seemingly keeping his feet firmly on the ground. A must read book from one of life's survivors.

Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure by Glenn Beck

Glenn beck, the nationally syndicated radio and Fox News television show host, brings us 400 pages packed full of information to show America the way out of recession.

Thoroughly detailed, educational and yet entertaining, Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure is a must read for everyone.

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Full Dark, No Stars is a collection of 4 stories by master of the horror thriller, Stephen King.

1922 tells the story of man who murdered his wife to inherit family land, then watches as his life unravels in an almost supernatural way.

Big Driver tells of the horrific revenge taken by a woman who is raped and left for dead.

A Good Marriage is about the retaliation a wife takes when she learns of her husband's secret life.

Fair Extension tells the disturbing story of on man's relationship with another.

The long-awaited Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 has at last been published by the Mark Twain Foundation. What you will find within the covers of this massive book is a long rambling narrative of Mark Twain with random thoughts dotted here and there, and nothing in chronological order.

Mark Twain tried to write an autobiography several times during his life, and failed. what we have here is a collection of notes written by the great man himself but never before published. In fact, when he died he specifically left messages saying that those notes were not to be published for 100 years.

The result may be a little difficult to plough through, but they show some rare insights into the mind of Mark Twain, just like sitting in the same room as him listening to him.

Decision Points by George Bush

The autobiography of former president George W Bush makes fascinating reading.

Decision Points is the insider story of what went went on in the White house during the years that George Bush presided over the U.S.A.

From his thoughts that led him to make the decisions he made, to personal stuff discussing his family, this is a must-have book.

Scottish author Merlin Fraser brings us a new superhero in the form of Detective Inspector Nick Burton who finds himself investigating paranormal murder mysteries.

The Inner Space trilogy is available to buy at Amazon.com.

I confess to not having read them although they do sound like the sort of book I would like.

As the author himself has taken the trouble to comment in the comments section at the foot of the page, it is only fitting that I should take the time to add him in here, and give you, the reader, a greater choice of best selling books to pick from.

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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Damn Izzy... I felt I'd make your top 10 of Books for Christmas....!

Perhaps it's because one reviewer said she felt my stories were well suited to a female readership you're saving me for the top 10 girls list....

Just like the Christmas Basket Amazon can bring them right to the door.


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Awww...Merlin - tell you what - I'll add you in!


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Loveslove 5 years ago from England

I found your HUB interesting ..thank you ! I note you have added Merlin Frasers books to your HUB...I can recommend the first 2 books, although I havnt had the opportunity to read book 3 yet


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Merlin Fraser 5 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Thanks Izzy, need all the help I can get....

Hey Loveslove now you know what you want for Christmas, your hubby will be pleased too they're only 9.99 a copy

I'll even sign it for you.


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

@Merlin, you're welcome! This hub is very popular so you never know!

@Loveslove, many thanks for taking the time to comment and the recommendation for Merlin's books. I shall certainly consider buying a copy.


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Loveslove 5 years ago from England

We dont exchange presents at Christmas or birthdays Merlin..we have an extra holiday instead..BUT I will throw out the hints ....


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SUSIE DUZY 5 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

Great book ideas. Even for women!


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Absolutely - I'd read all of them and I'm a woman!


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CJamesIII 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

Great list and great ideas for gifts for men. I'm currently reading Koontz's What The Night Knows and it is incredible and disturbing (the villian is disturbing). I would take the George Bush title off the list though, I would never read that and I didn't and don't like him! I saw part of the interview he did on Oprah last year and he lied about things regarding 9/11. Also, I would remove the Glenn Beck book as he is just offensive. I realize you were picking provocative titles but those two are not worth the time.


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IzzyM 5 years ago from UK Author

Cheers for that :) This list needs updated anyway :)


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i_am_monk 4 years ago from Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England

Thanks for this list it has given me some ideas for new books to purchase, I have to admit that would of probably just walk past these book in the store but after reading this I defiantly think I shall pick up 'Full Dark, No Stars'.


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

I love Stephen King, I wouldn't have missed it out :) Great choice!


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Jesse W James 4 years ago from Texas

Great list


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Cheers!


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miloskc 4 years ago

Great hub! You reminded me that I have to read "Full Dark..." Somehow I overlooked it when it was published... I think it was around the time of my final exams :-) Walter Isaacson's book about Steve is simply brilliant... Although it's too bad that the publisher wanted to get the most out of Steve's departure and didn't want to wait a couple of more months to add a few chapters that would put the end to Steve's life story in the best way... This version seems unfinished because the crucial part is missing... Voted up!


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IzzyM 4 years ago from UK Author

Thanks, I agree, some superb books here, but a bit of a pity about the Steve Jobs book.


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eric-carter 4 years ago from Fulham, UK

Great hub, I was just searching for a good read - "What the Night Knows" seems to be a good choice. Thanks!

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