With only the adult fiction category posting an increase, unit sales of print books fell 5.7% last week compared to May 21, 2022, at outlets that report to Circana BookScan.
Juvenile nonfiction sales dropped 11% in the week, with the decline coming despite Wendy Loggia’s Taylor Swift: A Little Golden Book Biography staying at #1, selling almost 18,000 copies. Last year at this time, Crystal Radke’s My First Learn-to-Write Workbook was number one, selling about 5,600 copies.
Juvenile fiction sales fell 8.9%. As is often the case each year as graduation season looms, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss topped the list. It sold almost 53,000 copies, about 7,000 copies less than it sold a year ago
Magnolia Table, Volume 3 by Joanna Gaines remained in the top spot in adult nonfiction, selling about 26,000 copies—approximately the same number as last year’s topselling book in the category, Jenna Fischer’s The Office Bffs, sold. Total unit sales in the category fell 6.5%.
Young adult fiction sales fell 15.2%. Only one new title made it onto the top 50 list: Painted Devils by Margaret Owen, which sold just over 15,000 copies. Laura Nowlin’s If He Had Been with Me was in the top spot, selling nearly 12,000 copies.
Adult fiction sales increased 1.9% in the week, as Jack Carr’s Only the Dead sold nearly 33,000 copies in its first week, putting it in second place on the category list, trailing Emily Henry’s Happy Place, which sold nearly 36,000 copies. The second bestselling new title fiction title last week was Yellowface, R.F. Kuang’s satire of the publishing industry, which sold almost 12,000 copies.