All categories except adult non-fiction reporting gains, print book unit sales increased 4.3% last week compared to the week ended February 20, 2021, in outlets that fall under NPD BookScan. The weekly increase was the best from 2021 so far this year.
Adult fiction led the rise in sales, helped by strong first-week circulation for House of Heaven and Breath by Sarah J. Maas, which sold nearly 119,000 copies in its first week on sale. In fifth place on the adult fiction bestseller list was Heaven Official’s Blessing by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, which sold over 20,000 copies in its first week on sale. by Douglas Preston DiabloMesa landed at number seven on the category list in its first week, selling nearly 14,000 copies.
For the second week in a row, unit sales in the adult non-fiction segment were down only slightly from 2021. life force by Tony Robbins remained No. 1 in the category, selling nearly 35,000 copies. New non-fiction bestsellers included Carleigh Bodrug’s plantyouwhich sold over 16,000 copies, and Kate Bowler’s good enough, which sold over 15,000 copies. Through Feb. 19, adult nonfiction unit sales were down 9.6% from the same period a year ago.
At David Pilkey’s Cat Kid Comic Club and that of Jeff Kinney Big Shot (Diary of a Wimpy Child, Book 16) ran first and second in juvenile fiction, selling over 16,000 and 14,000 copies respectively. Units in the category increased by 5.6%.
Young adult unit sales increased 9.3% from 2021, with three top 10 titles written by Scott Cawthon for his Five Nights at Freddy’s series, which sold more than 28,000 copies combined. The best-selling of them was The fourth cupboard, which was No. 1 in the segment.