Movie Watch

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on December 10, and this week, print unit sales for the tie-in editions of several nominated films saw a boost in sales. Here’s a look at how many nominations each film received, and how well each book did this week over last.


Patricia Highsmith
5 nominations
22% increase in print unit sales over last week

The Big Short

Michael Lewis
4 nominations
101% increase in print unit sales over last week

The Martian (trade paper)

Andy Weir
3 nominations
33% increase in print unit sales over last week


Emma Donoghue
3 nominations
20% increase in print unit sales over last week

The Danish Girl

David Ebershoff
3 nominations
7% increase in print unit sales over last week


Colm Tóibín
1 nomination
58% increase in print unit sales over last week

(See all of this week's bestselling books.)

A Colorful Solution

In early 2016, the Book Industry Study Group will add 512 new categories to the BISAC subject headings list. Among them: GAM019000, otherwise known as Games/Activity Books, which will include coloring books. This will give publishers a way to classify all of those adult coloring titles that, these days, may be found under everything from Art to Self-Help. And it’s about time, too: this week, four books out of the overall top 10 are adult coloring books, as are the top eight titles on our Trade Paperback list.

New & Notable

How Not to Die

Michael Greger
#11 Hardcover Nonfiction
14K print units

Greger, a physician specializing in clinical nutrition and the founder of, promotes a plant-based diet as the way, per the book’s subtitle, to “prevent and reverse disease.”


Oliver Sacks
#24 Hardcover Nonfiction
8,390 print units

The four essays collected here were written in the two years before the acclaimed neurologist and author’s death in August.

Ashley Bell

Dean Koontz
#7 Hardcover Fiction
22K print units

Bibi Blair, a young writer, makes a miraculous recovery from brain cancer and learns that she was spared in order to save another woman’s life.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 Old School (Wimpy Kid #10) Jeff Kinney Abrams/Amulet 151,619
2 Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids Rob Elliott Revell 84,185
3 Killing Reagan O’Reilly/Dugard Holt 63,521
4 First 100 Words Roger Priddy Priddy 59,130
5 Lost Ocean Johanna Basford Penguin 59,021
6 The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime Ree Drummond Morrow 57,623
7 Enchanted Forest Johanna Basford Laurence King 52,210
8 Secret Garden Johanna Basford Laurence King 49,883
9 Rogue Lawyer John Grisham Doubleday 48,159
10 Adult Coloring Books Zing 47,629

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.