Heartstopper and the best-selling books on Amazon Mexico this May 24

(Illustration: Jovani Pérez)

From The Bible until Don Quijote of La Manchathere have been several titles that experts have named as “best selling books in history”, however, the book has been created for several centuries and there were not always ways to measure which were the most popular works –like now amazon does– coupled with the level of illiteracy of the time.

There is a long debate among historians as to which was the first book in history: whether it be the first written on clay, bone, or wax and wood tablets from Mesopotamia; the papyrus scrolls in Alexandria; those made with bamboo and silk in ancient China or the codices, the truth is that this object has accompanied the human being throughout his life and, like man, has evolved.

And it is that after the invention of the movable type printing press in 1440 by the hand of Johannes Gutenberggoing through bookstores, the increase in literacy, the arrival of the internet and with it the digitization of content, now one of the really big challenges is the amount of texts available to read.

With this, technology has facilitated the way to measure the fame of literary pieces, one of them is the ranking offered by amazon platforma list that works like a snapshot of society by recording what readers are “devouring” at a given time.

From essays, poetry, comics, comedy, novels, suspense, science fiction to horror stories or self-improvement, these are the 10 best-selling books this Tuesday, May 24 at Amazon Mexico:

Amazon's most read books (Photo: EFE/José Méndez)
Amazon’s most read books (Photo: EFE/José Méndez)

1. The Midnight Library

Author: Matt Haig

Pages: 336

“Between life and death there is a library. And the shelves of that library are infinite. Each book gives you the opportunity to taste another life you could have lived and to see how things would have changed if you had made different decisions… Would you have done something differently if you had the chance? Nora Seed shows up, somehow, at the Midnight Library, where she is offered a new chance to make things right. Until then, her life has been marked by unhappiness and regret. Nora feels that she has let everyone down, including herself. But this is about to change. The books in the Midnight Library will allow Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she will have the option to dodge everything she regrets doing (or not doing), in pursuit of the perfect life. But things won’t always be as she imagined they would be, and soon her decisions will put the Library and herself in extreme danger. Nora must answer one last question before time runs out: what is the best way to live?

2. First Readings: Pinocchio

Author: Carlo Collodi

Pages: 16

Geppetto, a carpenter, dreams of becoming a father come true when his puppet, Pinocchio, magically comes to life. This story highlights the value of obedience that Pinocchio will understand after several adventures that put him in danger for lying and not obeying. The books in the First Reading series narrate extraordinary adventures of fantastic creatures and characters that stimulate the imagination of children. With works written in plain language, this illustrated series is a collection of some of the world’s best classic tales. For all this, the series is a magnificent opportunity to introduce children to regular reading.

3.Heartstopper: 1

Author: Alice Osseman

Pages: 288

Charly and Nick go to the same school, they had never crossed paths until the day they are made to sit together in their study group. Very soon they become friends and even sooner Charlie begins to have feelings for Nick… even though he knows it’s impossible. But love works in unexpected ways, and Nick is more interested in Charlie than either of them can believe.

4.Heartstopper: 2

Author: Alice Osseman

Pages: 328

Nick and Charlie are best friends. Nick knows that Charlie is gay, and Charlie is sure that Nick is not. But the ways of love can be surprising, and Nick is discovering a lot about his friends, his family…and about himself.

5. Haikyu!! N.1

Author: Haruichi Furutade

Pages: 586

Ever since the legendary player known as “the little giant” competed in the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has yearned to become the greatest player that ever lived! Who says that to play volleyball you need to be tall if you can jump higher than anyone else?

(Photo: EFE/José Méndez)
(Photo: EFE/José Méndez)

6. The subtle art of not giving a fuck: A disruptive approach to living the good life

Author: Mark Manson

Pages: 224

For the past several years, Mark Manson has been working on correcting our delusional expectations of ourselves and the world on his popular blog. He now he offers us all his intrepid wisdom in this groundbreaking book. Manson reminds us that human beings are fallible and limited: “we can’t all be extraordinary: there are winners and losers in society, and this isn’t always fair or it’s your fault.” Manson advises us to recognize our limitations and accept them. This is, according to him, the true origin of empowerment. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness that we seek. . This manifesto is a refreshing slap in the face for us to start leading more fulfilled and grounded lives.

7.Pack Limited Edition Heartstopper

Author: Alice Osseman

Pages: 1384

Heartstopper is the graphic novel that has already conquered the hearts of the whole world. It’s about friendship, loyalty and love. It encompasses all the little stories in Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something bigger, that speaks to all of us, volume by volume Nick and Charlie will learn what it truly means to love. This pack contains the 4 volumes of the saga, 2 dividers, 1 sheet of stickers and 1 pad for notes.

8.Demon Slayer #12

Author: Koyoharu Gotouge

Pages: NA

Muzan summons the crescent moons and orders them to finish off the demon hunting company once and for all. On the other hand, Tanjiro recovers from the battle in the red light district and heads to the Nichirin swordsmith village to have his sword repaired. There he meets kanroji, pillar of love, who tells him about a secret weapon in the village to make himself more powerful. But tokito, pillar of mist, is also after that weapon.

9.Demon Slayer #13

Author: Koyaharu Gotouge

Pages: NA

The Nichirin swordsmith village is attacked by Crescents Four and Five. Tanjiro, Nezuko, and Genya team up to try and defeat Hantengu, the Crescent Four, but have a hard time. We learn of the past of Genya and his older brother, Sanemi, the Pillar of the Wind. On the other hand, Tokito confronts Gyokko, the Crescent Five, to save Kotetsu, and Kanroji arrives to join the defense of the village.

10. Atomic Habits

Author: James Clear

Pages: 328

Atomic Habits starts from a simple but powerful question: How can we live better? We know that good habits allow us to significantly improve our lives, but we often get sidetracked: we stop exercising, we eat poorly, we sleep little, we waste money. Why is it so easy to fall into bad habits and so difficult to follow good ones? James Clear gives us fantastic ideas based on scientific research, which allows him to reveal how we can transform small everyday habits to change our lives for the better. This guide uncovers the hidden forces that shape our behavior—from our mindsets to environment to genetics—and shows us how to apply each change to our lives and work. After reading this book, you will have a simple method for developing an effective system that will lead to success. Learn how to… Give yourself time to develop new habits Overcome lack of motivation and willpower Design an environment so that success is easy to achieve Get back on track when you’ve strayed a bit.

People over 18 years of age who live in Mexico read an average of 3.9 books a year (PHOTO: GRACIELA LÓPEZ / CUARTOSCURO.COM)
People over 18 years of age who live in Mexico read an average of 3.9 books a year (PHOTO: GRACIELA LÓPEZ / CUARTOSCURO.COM)

Persons over 18 years of age living in Mexico they read an average of 3.9 books a yearwhich implies an increase with respect to the 3.7 books registered in 2021, according to the Module on Reading (MOLEC) of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) released in 2022.

According to the study, the reading of magazines and newspapers in digital format reached its lowest point in the last six years; Conversely, Internet pages, forums and blogs had an increase.

Compared to the 2016 figures, the reading of the digital magazines went from 51.4% to 34.9%; digital newspapers went from 57.6% to 33.9%; while internet pages, photos and blogs increased from 45.2% to 57.6 percent.

The books read by the adult reading population were 3.9 copies, the highest number recorded since 2016. In addition, women remain at the forefront of book reading with 65.9% compared to 54.4% of male readers; however, men read more when it comes to newspapers, with 44.1% compared to 23.5%, as well as in comics, registering 9.6 compared to 7.3 percent

Of the 18-year-old literate book reader population, 44.1% stated that the main reason for reading them is because of entertainmentwhile 23.8% did it for work or study20.7% for general culture10.1% for religion and 1.4% for another reason.

The type of books read by the literate population aged 18 and over in the last twelve months was the topics of literature (novel, short story, science fiction, poetry, theater, etc.) with 39.5%, followed by specialized books, 29.5%; self-help, personal or religious improvement, with 29.5%; general culture, 26.5%; and manuals, guides or recipe books with 8.4 percent.