Spare, the memoir by Prince Harry, sold nearly 630,000 print copies in its first week on sale at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.
Even with that impressive performance, unit sales only increased 1.4% over the week ended January 15, 2022. Furthermore, the sales of Spare were not enough to keep unit sales in the adult nonfiction segment from falling from a year ago, down 0.9%. Other new titles that were among the top 10 adult nonfiction bestsellers last week were One by Jamie Oliver, which sold more than 20,000 copies, and The Good Life by Robert Waldinger, which sold over 16,000 copies. Last year at this time, Baby Step Millionaires by Dave Ramsey was #1 in the category, selling over 65,000 copies.
Print sales of adult fiction rose 6.2% in the week as three titles by Colleen Hoover topped the category list. Two new books were in fourth and fifth place: The House of Wolves by James Patterson and Mike Lupica sold over 30,000 copies, and Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo sold more than 29,000 copies.
Sales in the juvenile fiction category rose 0.8%, with no new releases having a big debut. You’re My Little Cuddle Bug by Nicola Edwards sold over 19,000 copies, putting it in first place on the category list, edging out Little Blue Truck’s Valentine by Alice Schertle, which sold just over 18,000 copies.
The young adult segment had a good week, with sales up 5.3%. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson was in first place on the list, selling nearly 12,000 copies, closely followed by The Stolen Heir by Holly Black, which sold almost 11,000 copies.