Saturday, January 1, 2022

Boswell yearly bestsellers for 2021 - from the adult side

Here are some of our bestsellers by category for 2021, excluding some of our bulk orders, but including event programming.

Hardcover Fiction (including poetry):
1. The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles
2. Cloud Cuckoo Land, by Anthony Doerr
3. Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro
4. The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
5. Send for Me, by Lauren Fox
6. Wish You Were Here, by Jodi Picoult
7. The Hill We Climb, by Amanda Gorman
8. Call Us What We Carry, by Amanda Gorman
9. Shoulder Season, by Christina Clancy
10. Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead
11. Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
12. The Breaker, by Nick Petrie
13. Raft of Stars, by Andrew J Graff
14. The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich
15. The Paris Library, by Janet Skeslien Charles
16. Leonard and Hungry Paul, by Ronan Hession
17. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, by Charlie Mackesy
18. The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
19. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue, by VE Schwab
20. Beautiful World, Where Are You?, by Sally Rooney

I can't imagine I've ever read the top 6 books in this category before, but 7 out of 10 read is pretty much par. Last year I read eight. Imprints with two in the top 10 - Knopf (Ishiguro and Fox), Viking (Towles and Haig) and Viking Books for Young Readers (two Amanda Gormans)

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. Giannis, by Mirin Fader
2. The 1619 Project, created by Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times
3. Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson
4. The Midwest Survival Guide, by Charlie Berens
5. Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner
6. What It's Like to Be a Bird, by David Sibley
7. Finding the Mother Tree, by Suzanne Simard
8. These Precious Days, by Ann Patchett
9. All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days, by Rebecca Donner
10. How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X Kendi
11. Anthropocene Reviewed, by John Green
12. Frank Lloyd Wright's Forgotten House, by Nicholas D Hayes
13. The Sum of Us, by Heather McGhee
14. Carnival of Snackery, by David Sedaris
15. Untamed, by Glennon Doyle
16. Atlas of the Heart, by Brené Brown
17. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, by George Saunders
18. Taste, by Stanley Tucci
19. Hero of Two Worlds, by Mike Duncan
20. Shape, by Jordan Ellenberg

Just four books read on this list! The Knopf imprint has three books in the top 10 while One World has two.  

Paperback Fiction:
1. Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
2. The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich
3. Hamnet, by Maggie Shipstead
4. Dune (two editions), by Frank Herbert
5. Interior Chinatown, by Charles Yu
6. Circe, by Madeline Miller
7. The People We Meet on Vacation, by Emily Henry
8. The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
9. Leonard and Hungry Paul, by Ronan Hession
10. The Overstory, by Richard Powers
11. Every Now and Then, by Lesley Kagen
12. The House in the Cerulean Sea, by TJ Klune
13. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
14. The Glass Hotel, by Emily St John Mandel
16. Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman
17. The Drifter, by Nick Petrie (two editions)
18. One Last Stop, by Casey McQuiston
19. Red, White and Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston
20. The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, by Grady Hendrix

Authors with two books in our top 20 - Madeline Miller and Casey McQuiston. A book with a very strong showing that just missed the top 20 because there was a decent sized school order - The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Needless to say, if we combined hardcover and paperback sales totals, Leonard and Hungry Paul would gain a good advantage. You'd also might see some advantage to Hamnet.

Paperback Nonfiction (excluding bulk orders)
1. Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
2. The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk
3. Milwaukee River Greenway, by Eddee Daniel
4. Walking Milwaukee, by Royal Brevvaxling and Molly Snyder
5. Say Nothing, by Patrick Radden Keefe
6. Voices of Milwaukee's Bronzeville, by Sandra E Jones
7. New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes, by Sam Sifton
8. Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari
9. The American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Wisconsin, by Charles Hagner
10. The Best of Me, by David Sedaris

I'll have some kids lists coming up!

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