Crayon and On

If you find you’ve had enough coloring books, well, you seem to be pretty much alone. No fewer than four of them made our Trade Paperback list this week, including, at #7, Marjorie Sarnat’s Owls Coloring Book, making its list debut with 7,507 print units sold. Chasing that title is another by Sarnat, Creative Cats Coloring Book, at #18, with 5,357 print units sold this week and more than 56K sold this year. Further down the list, at #22 and #23, are Stress Relieving Patterns and Color Me Calm, the latter by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter; both books make explicit in their titles the appeal these books seem to hold. And on the Children’s Picture Books list, Joanna Basford takes the #1 and #4 spots with the books many say kicked off the craze, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. Combined, the two titles have sold more than 301K print units this year.

(See all of this week's bestselling books.)

Notable Debuts

The English Spy

by Daniel Silva

#1 Hardcover


37.9K print units

In the 15th book starring Gabriel Allon, the spy/assassin/art restorer hunts the killer of a member of the British royal family.

A Time for Truth

by Ted Cruz

#4 Nonfiction

11.9K print units

The Texas senator and Republican presidential hopeful writes about his background and offers his views of what’s wrong with Washington.

The Oregon Trail

by Rinker Buck

#23 Hardcover


3,029 print units

Buck and his brother re-create a 2,000-mile 19th-century Oregon Trail trip, complete with a mule-pulled covered wagon.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by Newt Scamander

#21 Children’s Frontlist Fiction

3,615 print units

This new edition of Scamander’s (aka J.K. Rowling’s) 2001 book comes in advance of the 2016 movie of the same name.

Staying Power

In an industry that’s always looking for the next big thing, some books continue to sell so well months after they first publish that they drive growth for their entire category. Here’s a look at three long-lasting titles that continue to shine.

Title Release Date Category This Week's Print Unit Sales
The Girl on the Train Jan. 2015 Suspense/Thriller 33,730
All the Light We Cannot See May 2014 General Fiction 23,789
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Oct. 2014 House & Home/Gardening 20,637

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 Grey E.L. James Vintage 164,823
2 Paper Towns John Green Penguin/Speak 42,670
3 The English Spy Daniel Silva Harper 37,897
4 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Riverhead 33,730
5 A New Hope Robyn Carr Mira 32,486
6 The Isle of the Lost (Descendents) Melissa de la Cruz Disney-Hyperion 26,256
7 Flesh and Blood Patricia Cornwell Morrow 26,084
8 Truth or Die Patterson/Roughan Little, Brown 25,773
9 A Perfect Life Danielle Steel Dell 24,208
10 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Scribner 23,789