January 29, 2023

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

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When you want to keep up with the biggest, hottest, and best-selling books of the moment, it can be surprisingly difficult to know what they are. The books everyone is talking about may not be the ones everyone is buying, and each bestseller list uses its own data—Amazon doesn’t share its own—and its own criteria. So which titles are really the bestsellers of the moment?

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. New additions to the list this week are in bold.

November and December are slow release months as publishers typically want to give a book a chance to build interest and word of mouth ahead of the holiday gift-buying season. This list reflects that: the only new additions are books by reigning Queens of Romance, Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel. With the exception of Michelle Obama’s new book, this continues to be a list of almost exclusively white authors, showing just how far publishing has to go: while more authors of color may get published, they don’t necessarily get the kind of marketing budget to make the bestseller list get.

For some new releases that deserve a lot more attention, see A Coastline Is an Immeasurable Thing: A Memoir Across Three Continents by Mary-Alice Daniel and Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales.

Books on all four bestseller lists:

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

The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama (NYT #1, USA Today #3, Publishers Weekly #2, Amazon #1)

The Choice by Nora Roberts (NYT #2, USA Today #2, Publishers Weekly #5, Amazon #5)

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (NYT #3, USA Today #5, Publishers Weekly #4, Amazon #2)

Verity by Colleen Hoover (NYT #4, USA Today #6, Publishers Weekly #6, Amazon #7)

The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham (NYT #6, USA Today #8, Publishers Weekly #8, Amazon #4)

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