The ranking of the most read books in 2021, drawn up again this year by the AIE (Italian Publishers Association) in collaboration with NielsenIQ and disseminated during the last Turin Book Fair, sees the winter of the lions by Stefania Auci soar, according to volume of the very successful saga of the Florio family (published by Editrice Nord). The author who earns the first place in the top ten also holds another record: the first volume of the series, The Lions of Sicily, released in 2019, is in tenth and last place.
The second volume of the Florio saga
In second position Changing the water to the flowersby the French writer Valerie Perrin, published in Italy by E / O and released in 2019 (an authentic longseller, as they say). Also in this case, the author from beyond the Alps is present in the standings with another title of hers (Tre, in fifth place, released in June of this year). A record.
The French author places two of her titles in the ranking
Terzo La song di Achille by Madeline Miller, the American author’s debut novel and winner of the Orange Prize in 2012: a reinterpretation of the story of Achilles and Patroclus, from the first meeting to the Trojan War, until their death and their subsequent find themselves in Hades. The novel was published in Italy by Marsilio.
The third book in the standings and a debut novel
Following Il sistema , by Alessandro Sallusti and Luca Palamara, published in January 2021 by Rizzoli: the controversial journey into the secret rooms of the Italian judiciary, which reveals the intertwining – as the subtitle states – between “power, politics and business” at interior of the world of togas.
The book-interview of the editor of Libero with the former magistrate Luca Palamara
After the aforementioned fifth place in Tre (by Valerie Perrin), the sixth book in the standings is Penelope’s disciplineby Gianrico Carofiglio, released at the beginning of the year by Mondadori. It is a classic thriller, set in Milan and starring a former prosecutor involved in solving a murder case, who in the meantime saves her from depression and alcoholism. In the best mystery tradition, more about the plot cannot be disclosed.
The thriller genre is never missing in the first places of the ranking of the most read books of the year The stories of the neighborhoodby Lyon Gamer, released last February, is placed seventh: it is part of children’s literature, confirming that in Italy the share of the youngest is among those that give the greatest impetus to the market for books and reading; however – as reported by the AIE 2021 report – the 15-17 age group records the most robust decline compared to 2020.
The seventh book in the standings and the only volume for children We then find Finche il caffe
in eighth position and hot by Japanese author Toshikazu Kawaguchi, published by Garzanti and released in March last year. A delicate tale, where “a table, a coffee and a choice” is enough to be happy.
The Japanese author Toshikazu Kawaguchi and his first novel, after having worked as a director and screenwriter Antonio Manzini’s Old Knowledge and the ninth title, the last chapter of the series of stories starring Commissioner Rocco Schiavone, who became famous for his being grumpy, melancholy and rough, also thanks to the successful Rai fiction and starring Marco Giallini. A book that confirms the interest of Italian readers for detective and detective stories, being the second book in the ranking belonging to this genre.
Manzini has already written 5 novels starring Rocco Schiavone The Lions of Sicilycloses the top ten and confirms the talent of the Sicilian author Stefania Auci, as well as the great success achieved by the family events (and not only) of the Florio, shipowners, entrepreneurs of wine, fish conservation and much more. There will be a third volume
The first novel dedicated to the Sicilian Florio family
The ranking was drawn up by collecting sales data between January 4 and September 19, combining the figures relating to catalog books with those on news and latest releases: the former collect 727 million, the latter 277 million. But there is one fact, among the many highlighted by the AIE, which induces to reflect on the operators of the sector and all those who love books and reading: in Italy the “strong” readers (those who read more than 12 books per year) are decreasing more and more, but at the same time they become even stronger, ie reading more and more books (+3.1 books compared to 2020).

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