Trends for 2011

Trends of 2011 Books that you bought & shared from The Book Depository

It has been great fun following our sales this year and trying to spot the trends and find out what people are interested in, you know, all Zeitgeist and that. It's been a monster year for cupcakes and zombies for example! So we thought we would pull together some info on all the things that fly out of the warehouse and do some little pics to illustrate our findings.

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Let's get baking!

We looked at sales of cupcake cookbooks throughout the year to see if there were seasons when customers were munching their way through more tasty treats than other times.

Looks like it kicks OFF in May, with a little boost in August. But November, well, nom nom nom...

Cup cake stats
Bestselling cupcake books View all cupcake books
Planet Cake Cupcakes Planet Cake Cupcakes
Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery
Special Cupcakes Special Cupcakes
Vegan Cupcakes take Over the World Vegan Cupcakes take Over the World
The Hummingbird Bakery Cupcakes and Muffins The Hummingbird Bakery Cupcakes and Muffins

Crime by numbers Back to top

Crime stats

Death by chainsaw? Or, death by papercut... How the top 4 crime books this year fared against the top 100.

Most reviewed crime books View all crime books
Sister Sister
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
Room Room
Hushed Hushed
Stop Me Stop Me

Your favourite diary from Wimpy Kid Back to top

It's been a huge year for Greg but which has been the most popular entry in his Wimpy Kid diary?

Wimpy Kid stats

Looks like all of Greg's fans were waiting for the big new entry this year!

The series in order View all Wimpy Kid books
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

I see brightly coloured bricks! Everywhere! Back to top

Here are the bestselling building brick books of the year (try saying that with a mouthful of lego)

Lego stats

P.S: If you were going to build a box out of Lego big enough to hold all the Lego books we've despatched this year, you would need a lot of brown bricks.

Top lego books View all LEGO books
The LEGO Ideas Book The LEGO Ideas Book
LEGO Star Wars Brickmaster LEGO Star Wars Brickmaster
LEGO: The Official Annual 2012 LEGO: The Official Annual 2012
LEGO Ninjago Brickmaster LEGO Ninjago Brickmaster
LEGO Star Wars the Visual Dictionary LEGO Star Wars the Visual Dictionary

Eurgh, Argh... Zombies! Back to top

Zombie stats

What's the collective noun for Zombies? An aagh!? A lurch? A rot of Zombies? Zombies are everywhere... Look! Quick, the shotgun! Zombiefied Jane Austen still trending strongly, nice.

Because The Walking Dead books were so popular, we left them off otherwise we'd be really buried in Zombies!

Bestselling zombie books View all zombie books
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Theories of International Politics and Zombies Theories of International Politics and Zombies
Marvel Zombies Marvel Zombies
A Zombie's Guide to the Human Body A Zombie's Guide to the Human Body
Zombies vs. Unicorns Zombies vs. Unicorns

Let's fly away Back to top

Travel stats

Do people actually visit the countries they buy travel guides to? We've known quite a few people, naming no names, who fill up their shelves with guides to exotic destinations having never set foot further than Watford Gap. But, we're sure that's not the case here!

Looks like 3 hours worth of security palaver hasn't put you off the US as the most popular destination and it's great to see South East Asia right up there too.

Bestselling travel books View all travel books
U.S.A U.S.A
France France
Great Britain Great Britain
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & the Greater Mekong Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & the Greater Mekong
Indonesia Indonesia

Who's studying what? Back to top

Academic stats

We deliberately left out Media Studies as it may have skewed the results somewhat... Languages are predictably popular but great to see the Sciences and Mathematics coming through strong!

Bestselling academic books View all academic books
The Selfish Gene The Selfish Gene
The Brain that Changes itself The Brain that Changes itself
The Anatomy Colouring Book The Anatomy Colouring Book
Words Their Way Words Their Way
French Experience 1 language Pack Plus CDs French Experience 1 language Pack Plus CDs
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