It seems that both sides of the Atlantic, The Casual Vacancy's stint at the top of the charts was to be short-lived, despite sailing past one million sales before you could blink an eye. Still, there is plenty to enjoy in the top ten this month with great thrillers from John Grisham and Vince Flynn, a movie tie-in, and some sexy business on the fringes. The book that really catches my eye though is Proof of Heaven, the 'true' account of a neurosurgeon who experienced heaven and communicated with a divine being while in a coma for seven days. Though the quote on the book's cover claims this is "proof of an after-life" - an impossible statement unless one considers anecdotal evidence 'proof' - and yet it's always interesting to read more about these things, from a spiritual, psychological, or purely voyeuristic point of view, depending on your leaning.

The top ten bestselling books in October, according to Amazon US:

The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney book cover

Jeff Kinney 
$7.75 from Amazon
Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander book cover

Eben Alexander
$9.42 from Amazon
The Racketeer by John Grisham book cover

John Grisham 
$16.53 from Amazon
Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly book cover

Bill O'Reilly
$15.95 from Amazon
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan book cover

Rick Riordan
$10.98 from Amazon
Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten book cover

Ina Garten 
$20.58 from Amazon
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell book cover

David Mitchell
$9.00 from Amazon
The Last Man by Vince Flyyn book cover

Vince Flynn
$16.48 from Amazon
Fifty Shades Trilogy by E. L. James book cover

E L James 
$27.73 from Amazon
Reflected in You by Sylvia Day book cover

Sylvia Day
$9.00 from Amazon
Prices correct on 31/10/2012