This is a nice bit of information (thanks to Olaf Keith for pointing it out: according to USA Today, every book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series were among the 100 top-selling novels of 2012. The highest placed on the list? The first and the oldest, A Game of Thrones, at #21. That’s quite a position for a book published 16 years ago!
Rounding out the list are A Dance with Dragonsat #47, A Clash of Kings at #54, A Storm of Swords at #59, and A Feast for Crows at #75. Oh, and the A Song of Ice and Fire boxed set managed to score the #68 spot.
On top of that, the other day it was noticed to us by Keith that The Guardian also released a list of book sales for 2012 in the UK, and GRRM figures prominently there as well. He was the #4 bestselling fiction author last year, with just over a 1 million books sold. And, notably, he had 6 books in the top 100 bestseller list. A Game of Thrones was #23, A Clash of Kings was #33, A Dance with Dragons was #43 and #47 (as it was divided in two), and A Storm of Swords was #79 and #97 (for the same reason).
All in all, 2012 was a banner year for Martin. And 2013 seems to be shaping up well, with a number of A Song of Ice and Fire title clinging to the bestseller lists in the U.S. (A Game of Thrones is at #11 on the New York Times Mass Market Paperback list, for example); it’s been on the list for 89 consecutive weeks to date.)