January 28, 2023

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The best-selling books of the week, by all lists

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What are the most popular books of the time? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this simple question. In contrast to box office rankings, book does not have a definitive list of the most successful new releases. Instead, there are a number of lists, each using their own formulas, editorial oversight, and data points. Amazon, in particular, is very protective of their information, and considering how much of the book market they control, it makes it impossible to get a handle on the bestsellers at all times.

That’s where this combined bestseller list comes in. Each week I compile the bestsellers on four of the most popular lists: the New York Times, both combined print and e-book fiction and combined print and e-book nonfiction lists; Amazon charts, fiction and non-fiction; US Today; and publishers weekly. I jot down titles on several lists in the hope that they will give us a broad overview of the bestselling books of the moment.

November and December are generally slower months in release as most publishers would prefer to have some lead time to create a stir before the holiday shopping season. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the authors coming out with new books these days are very well-established authors, particularly on long-running series, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid #17, Kay Scarpetta #26, and Jack Reacher #27. The Books appearing for the first time in this list are marked in bold.

Unfortunately, this is still a mostly (completely?) white author list. For a new release that deserves more reach, I recommend Shauna Robinson’s The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks.

Books on all four bestseller lists:

It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover (NYT #1, USA Today #1, Publishers Weekly #1, Amazon #1)

No Plan B by Lee Child and Andrew Child (NYT #2, USA Today #3, Publishers Weekly #6, Amazon #4)

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (NYT #3, USA Today #5, Publishers Weekly #4, Amazon #5)

The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham (NYT #4, USA Today #7, Publishers Weekly #5, Amazon #3)

Verity by Colleen Hoover (NYT #5, USA Today #10, Publishers Weekly #7, Amazon #6)

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