Florida governor Ron DeSantis has the #1 book in the country with The Courage to Be Free, though he didn’t sweep the nation. The #2 title, Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, proved popular in the northern heartland; the authors self-published the book, now a single volume from Canary Street Press, in three installments in 2015 and 2016. Storm Watch, C.J. Box’s “outstanding 23rd Joe Pickett novel,” per our starred review, is #5 in the country and tops the region that includes the author’s native Wyoming.
British fantasy author Samantha Shannon lands at #3 on our hardcover fiction list with A Day of Fallen Night, the “masterful standalone prequel,” per our starred review, to 2019’s The Priory of the Orange Tree. (She’s also the author of four books in a planned seven-book supernatural dystopian series, beginning with 2013’s The Bone Season.) The epic fantasy world of Priory and its prequel have resonated on TikTok—#PrioryOfTheOrangeTree, one of several related hashtags, has 58.3 million views.
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#3 Children’s Fiction
In what our review called a “high-octane thriller,” six teen social media influencers are invited to check out a new amusement park on an artificially built island. “Preston utilizes the uniqueness of the human-made island setting to great effect, providing an impish playfulness to the steadily escalating stakes and body count.”
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#15 Hardcover Nonfiction
“MSNBC host Hasan breaks down methods of persuading others in this sharp manual,” per our starred review. “Bolstered by Hasan’s incisive analysis of his interviews and debates with high-ranking political officials from the U.K., U.S., and China, this collects illuminating insights on persuasion.”