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These are the bestselling books of 2022.

Emily Temple

January 10, 2023, 11:50am

Another trip around the sun, another year of bookselling. You’ve heard about the best books of 2022, but what about the bestsellers? Well, you’ve probably heard about a few of them too. Here’s the list of the 25 bestselling books of the year, per Publishers Weekly:

1. Colleen Hoover, It Ends with Us (Atria) – 2,729,007 copies sold

2. Colleen Hoover, Verity (Grand Central) – 2,000,418 copies sold

3. Colleen Hoover, It Starts with Us (Atria) – 1,885,351 copies sold

4. Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing (Putnam) – 1,868,518 copies sold

5. Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love (Atria) – 1,502,036 copies sold

6. James Clear, Atomic Habits (Avery) – 1,287,253 copies sold

7. Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Washington Square) – 1,272,458 copies sold

8. Colleen Hoover, Reminders of Him (Montlake) – 1,235,655 copies sold

9. Colleen Hoover, November 9 (Atria) – 999,552 copies sold

10. Jeff Kinney, Diper Överlöde (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #17) (Amulet) – 830,325 copies sold

11. Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel) – 738,840 copies sold

12. Michelle Obama, The Light We Carry (Crown) – 733,949 copies sold

13. Bessel van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score (Penguin Books) – 636,831 copies sold

14. Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Random House) – 627,750 copies sold

15. Stephen King, Fairy Tale (Scribner) – 627,598 copies sold

16. Dav Pilkey, On Purpose (Cat Kid Comic Club #3) (Graphix) – 623,347 copies sold

17. Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements (Amber-Allen) – 605,859 copies sold

18. Colleen Hoover, All Your Perfects (Atria) – 591,936 copies sold

19. Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Holt) – 583,564 copies sold

20. Jennette McCurdy, I’m Glad My Mom Died (Simon & Schuster) – 583,027 copies sold

21. Emily Henry, Book Lovers (Berkley) – 576,701 copies sold

22. Alex Michaelides, The Silent Patient (Celadon) – 572,876 copies sold

23. Holly Jackson, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (Ember) – 556,546 copies sold

24. Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday (Atria) – 543,658 copies sold

25. Emily Henry, People We Meet on Vacation (Berkley) – 540,803 copies sold

As you can see, Colleen Hoover swept the board, selling over 14.3 million books this year in total. BookTok strikes again.

You may have also noticed that a lot of the bestselling books of 2022 did not actually come out in 2022. Backlist is always a strong presence on this list—Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a confirmed staple, for instance. But as Publishers Lunch pointed out, 70 percent of print book sales last year reported by NPD Bookscan were backlist, and “roughly three quarters” of the 200 best sellers were published before 2022. Publishers Lunch also put together this list of the 20 bestselling new books of 2022, with their rank on the larger Bookscan list:

3. Colleen Hoover, It Starts With Us (Atria, Oct. 18)

17. Colleen Hoover, Reminders of Him (Montlake, Jan. 18)

19. Jeff Kinney, Diper Överlöde (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 17) (Amulet, Oct. 25)

21. Michelle Obama, The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times (Crown, Nov. 15)

24. Stephen King, Fairy Tale (Scribner, Sept 6.)

25. Dav Pilkey, Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose (Cat Kid Comic Club #3) (Graphix, Nov. 12)

29. Jennette McCurdy, I’m Glad My Mom Died (Simon & Schuster, Aug. 9)

30. Emily Henry, Book Lovers (Berkley, May 3)

35. James Patterson and Dolly Parton, Run, Rose, Run (Little, Brown, Mar. 7)

38. John Grisham, The Boys From Biloxi (Doubleday, Oct. 18)

47. Bonnie Garmus, Lessons In Chemistry (Doubleday, Apr. 5)

50. Ina Garten, Go-To Dinners: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, Oct. 25)

54. Nicholas Sparks, Dreamland (Random, Sept. 20)

63. Tieghan Gerard, Half Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes For Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals (Clarkson Potter, Mar. 29)

64. Lucy Score, Things We Never Got Over (Bloom Books, Jan. 12)

66. Dav Pilkey, Cat Kid Comic Club: Collaborations (Cat Kid Comic Club #4) (Graphix, Nov. 29)

71. Carley Fortune, Every Summer After (Berkley, May 10)

73. Matthew Perry, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing (Flatiron, Nov. 1)

78. Shea Ernshaw, Long Live the Pumpkin Queen: Tim Burton’s the Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney, Aug. 2)

81. John Grisham, Sparring Partners: Novellas (Doubleday, May 31)

And on both lists, literary fiction is once again left out in the cold…

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