Big Screen, Small Screen

Warner Bros. released the first official trailer for Me Before You, based on the 2013 contemporary romantic novel by Jojo Moyes, on February 3. Fans shared the trailer widely, yielding more than three million views to date, and boosting print unit sales of that novel and its 2015 sequel, After You.

The trade paper edition of Me Before You is the #13 book in the country; print unit sales are up 441% over last week, to more than 14K. After You returns to our Hardcover Fiction list at #23 with a 72% increase over last week and its best sales since the holiday season.

In TV news, Stephen King’s 11/22/63 is picking up steam ahead of the February 15 debut on Hulu of the miniseries adaptation starring James Franco. It’s #7 on our Mass Market list with 10.6K print units sold in its second week, up 21% over release week.

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

New & Notable


Adam Grant

#3 Hardcover Nonfiction

Sheryl Sandberg writes the foreword to this look at innovators and nonconformists in business, politics, entertainment, and more by the author of 2013’s Give and Take, which has sold 137K copies in hardcover and trade paperback.

Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys

#9 Children’s Frontlist Fiction

The latest from Sepetys, winner of the Golden Kite award for fiction for Between Shades of Gray, chronicles four teens fleeing Prussia at the end of World War II and culminates in one of history’s biggest but least-known maritime disasters, the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff in the Baltic Sea.

Brotherhood in Death

J.D. Robb

#1 Hardcover Fiction, #1 overall

This is the 42nd installment of the In Death series by Robb, a pseudonym for the even more prolific romance novelist Nora Roberts.

Red-Letter Day

Audrey Carlan’s Calendar Girl series has become a fixture on our iBooks romance charts. After self-publishing her books to some success, the author signed with the indie Waterhouse Press in August and began dominating the e-book list earlier this year. In mid-Janaury, Waterhouse teamed up with Ingram Publisher Services for print distribution, and this week—four months after publication—Calendar Girl, Vol. 1 debuts at #20 on our trade paperback list with 5,175 print units sold.

On Solid Footing

Mr. Splitfoot, Samantha Hunt’s novel of séances and chicanery, pubbed January 5 to modest sales of a few hundred copies a week. What a difference a month makes: buzz has been building, with postpublication coverage in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, Paste, Salon, and elsewhere. Most recently, Powell’s Indiespensable subscription club sold out of copies, and New York magazine’s Vulture named the book its inaugural pick for its Insiders Book Club. Result: Mr. Splitfoot debuts at #14 on our Hardcover Fiction list with 3,553 print units sold, no communing with the spirits necessary.

Top 10 Overall

1 Brotherhood in Death J.D. Robb Berkley 31,920
2 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo Ten Speed 27,477
3 Harry Potter Magical Creatures Coloring Book Scholastic 22,337
4 When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi Random House 21,826
5 NYPD Red 4 Patterson/Karp Little, Brown 19,710
6 Spark Joy Marie Kondo Ten Speed 18,252
7 The Choice (movie tie-in) Nicholas Sparks Grand Central 16,762
8 Prodigal Son Danielle Steel Dell 16,349
9 Devoted in Death J.D. Robb Berkley 15,822
10 Old School (Wimpy Kid #10) Jeff Kinney Abrams/Amulet 15,670

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.