Declines in adult nonfiction and both juvenile categories offset gains in the adult fiction and young adult categories, leading to a 3.4% decline in unit sales of print books last week compared to a year ago at outlets that report to Circana BookScan.
The 5.8% drop in sales in adult nonfiction came despite a host of new releases. Four of the top five adult nonfiction bestsellers last week were new led by Kat Timpf’s You Can’t Joke About That, which sold more than 35,000 copies. In second and third place were The Wager by David Grann and Meals She Eats, which both sold a little more than 32,000 copies. In the fifth spot was Max Miller’s Tasting History, which sold over 20,000 copies.
Juvenile fiction sales fell 4.3% as Dav Pilkey’s Twenty Fleas Under the Sea (Dog Man #11) remained in the top spot, selling more than 53,000 copies. Juvenile nonfiction sales dropped 10.3%, with Roger Priddy’s First 100 Words at #1, selling over 4,000 copies.
Adult fiction sales rose 2.3% over 2022. David Baldacci’s newest, Simply Lies, was #2 on its first week on sale, selling just under 40,000 copies. Laura Dave’s The Last Thing He Told Me was #1, selling nearly 55,000 copies. The highest-ranking Colleen Hoover book was It Ends with Us, which was in third place, selling over 24,000 copies.
Young adult fiction sales increased 3.5% as If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin remained #1, selling over 14,000 copies. Young adult nonfiction sales rose 9.2%. Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Sunshine sold about 1,200 copies in its first week, putting it in fourth place on the category list.