On December 18, LitHub published its tabulation of the books that appeared on the most best-of-2018 lists, and sales of the books that, by LitHub’s count, were most recommended have shown steady improvement over the past few weeks. Here’s how they did this week compared with the week before.
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfesh: up 70%
There There by Tommy Orange: up 63%
Circe by Madeline Miller: up 94%
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: up 97%
Educated by Tara Westover: up 63%
K Is for Knowledge
P Is for Pterodactyl by Raj Halder and Chris Carpenter, illustrated by Maria Tina Beddia, is billed as “the worst alphabet book ever.” In addition to the title, helpful hints include “G Is for Gnat” and “K Is for Knight.” It pubbed November 13 and, a month later, debuts on our children’s picture book list at #3 with 24K print copies sold—more than three times as many as it sold in the previous four weeks combined.
When They Go Low, Sales Go High
Amid the many books selling well this holiday season, here are three naughty-list titles with print-unit sales in the five figures this week.
What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner? by Zack Golden, a 2011 Running Press cookbook: 21K print copies
The Farting Animals Coloring Book by M.T. Lott, a 2016 self-published coloring book: 14K print copies
50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! by Adrienne N. Hew: 12K print copies
Top 10 Overall
|2||The Wonky Donkey||Smith/Cowley||Scholastic||101,788|
|3||The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13)||Jeff Kinney||Amulet||96,940|
|4||The Point of It All||Charles Krauthammer||Crown Forum||66,964|
|5||Homebody||Joanna Gaines||Harper Design||65,174|
|6||Girl, Wash Your Face||Rachel Hollis||Nelson||57,240|
|7||The Reckoning||John Grisham||Doubleday||53,226|
|8||Whose Boat Is This Boat?||The Late Show||Simon & Schuster||51,576|
|9||Magnolia Table||Joanna Gaines||Morrow||51,188|
|10||Educated||Tara Westover||Random House||40,242|
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.