Unit sales of print books fell 2.7% last week compared to the week ended April 30, 2022 at outlets that report to Circana BookScan. For the second consecutive week, higher sales in the adult fiction and young adult categories were offset by declines in adult nonfiction and children's segments.
Adult fiction sales rose 6.3%, helped by a strong first week for Emily Henry’s Happy Place, which topped the category chart, selling nearly 95,000 copies. Another new title, In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune, landed in 10th place, selling more than 15,000 copies.
Young adult fiction sales inched up 0.5% as If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin remained at #1, selling over 13,000 copies. The young adult nonfiction category posted a solid 8.2% sales increase. Berna Anat’s Money Out Loud was in second place in its first week on sale, selling almost 2,000 copies.
Sales of adult nonfiction dropped 6.3% despite several new titles doing well. Y’all Eat Yet? by Miranda Lambert was in fourth place on the category list, selling almost 19,000 copies, followed by Donald Trump’s Letters to Trump, which sold just under 16,000 copies. Last year at this time, Finding Me by Viola Davis (an Oprah's Book Club pick) topped the category, selling almost 62,000 copies; last week David Grann’s The Wager was in first place, selling over 21,000 copies.
Children's fiction sales fell 5.3% as Dav Pilkey’s Twenty Fleas Under the Sea (Dog Man #11) remained in the top spot, selling almost 48,000 copies. Twenty Fleas has now exceeded the 500,000-copies sold mark, selling nearly 540,000 copies since its release in late March.