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Best sellers of the week: September 12, 2022


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BookTok has been good for Taylor Jenkins Reid, propelling her novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo to over 1.5 million copies sold, according to NPD BookScan. His latest, Carrie Soto Is Back, about an aging tennis star who returns from retirement to try and reclaim his record from a young competitor, got off to a good start itself., pushing 34,427 units in its first week, nearly 8,000 copies more than Reid’s previous book, Malibu Rising, sold in its first week. Despite the TikTok of it all, the increase is actually on trend for Reid: First-week sales for his titles have increased from 8,000 to 16,000 copies steadily between books since the hardcover edition. of Evelyn Hugo sold just over 1,300 copies in its first week.

spooky season

It’s mid-September and the Halloween sale for children’s books has begun. Two books based on the 1993 film Hocus Pocus (starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three witches who come to life on Halloween) burst onto the children’s fiction list last week. that of Eric Géron The Hocus Pocus Spell Book (#3) sold 12,346 copies, and AJ Jantha’s Hocus Pocus: The Illustrated Novel (#4) sold 10,275. The overall kids list also saw four Halloween titles make the list last week: Aaron Blabey pig the monster (#9), James and Kimberly Dean Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete (#10), that of Sandra Boynton scary pookie (#14), and Hello pop-up! Pumpkin by DK (#15) all reached the top 20, selling nearly 27,000 print copies combined.

Series starter

Arriving at No. 3 on the children’s list was Belladonna by Adalyn Grace, kicking off a YA series of the same name with a print run of 7,227. The story follows 19-year-old Signa Farrow, who forms an alliance with Death in an alternate-world, industrial-age England after a series of near-death experiences and the death of nearly everyone who cared for her. . “While a predictable plot and dropped threads sometimes distract from Grace’s lush, delightfully eerie prose,” our reviewer wrote, “Signa’s budding attraction to death and Sylas lends a heady romance to the ethereal reading.”


Robert Galbraith
#2 Hardcover Fiction, #9 Overall
JK Rowling’s adult thriller as Robert Galbraith, the latest in her somewhat controversial Cormoran Strike series, follows Strike and his business partner Robin Ellacott as they seek to solve the murder of a TV host. after her cartoon was accused of ableism, racism, and transphobia, and she found herself “persecuted by a mysterious online figure.”

Alex Jones
#2 Hardcover Nonfiction, #11 Overall
The new book by far-right media figure and conspiracy theorist Jones, billed as an analysis of “the global elite’s international conspiracy to enslave humanity and all life on the planet”, has sold at more than 30,000 copies in its first week despite Jones being convicted last month in the libel lawsuit brought against him by parents of Sandy Hook shooting victims.

A version of this article originally appeared in the 12/09/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: Behind the best sellers August 28–Sept. 3, 2022