The Life-Changing Magic of Netflix
The eight-episode series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo premiered on January 1, sending sales of the 2014 book that launched the KonMari phenomenon soaring. After the Netflix program dropped, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up sold more than 14K print copies, its best week of sales since December 2016. The title has sold 2.3 million copies since its release.
(See all of this week’s bestselling books.)
Claiming His Inheritance
The #4 book in the country is The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm, a collection of three short stories set in the fantasy world of Eragon, the book that in 2003 kicked off Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle.
“Though very little occurs in these stories,” our review said of the new collection, “established fans may enjoy checking in on favorite characters and a world they enjoy.” Those fans are legion: Paolini’s quartet of novels has sold 7.5 million print copies in conventional hardcover and trade paper editions.
Amid the many new-year, new-you books, two titles debuting on our lists are by bloggers who made their names using everyone’s favorite multi-cooker.
In Instant Loss Cookbook, #4 in trade paper, Brittany Williams shares the low-sugar, dairy-free, and grain-free recipes that helped her lose 125 pounds. Today covered her story and other mainstream outlets followed; 80.7K people follow Williams on Instagram.
Urvashi “butter-chicken lady” Pitre’s latest, Instant Pot Fast Easy, lands at #13 in trade paper. Our review called it “a terrific addition to the ever-expanding Instant Pot library, and one that readers with global palates are sure to appreciate.” Pitre’s Indian Instant Pot Cookbook has sold 99K print copies since its 2017 release.
#10 Hardcover Fiction
In this “thoughtful, character-driven sequel to 1997’s A Thin Dark Line,” our review said, husband-and-wife police detectives Nick Fourcade and Annie Broussard investigate the murder of a seven-year-old boy in Bayou Breaux, La.
#18 Hardcover Nonfiction
Orlean’s inquiry into the massive 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Central Public Library is “a persuasive reminder of the importance of” such institutions, our review said. It debuts on our list three months after its publication and is Reese Witherspoon’s first book club pick of 2019.
Top 10 OverallRank Title Author Imprint Units 1 Becoming Michelle Obama Crown 158,623 2 Brawl of the Wild (Dog Man #6) Dav Pilkey Graphix 61,556 3 Girl, Wash Your Face Rachel Hollis Nelson 42,409 4 The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm Christopher Paolini Knopf 24,255 5 Educated Tara Westover Random House 22,378 6 The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13) Jeff Kinney Amulet 22,018 7 It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way Lysa TerKeurst Nelson 21,856 8 The Wonky Donkey Smith/Cowley Scholastic 19,886 9 The Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris Harper 18,936 10 Verses for the Dead Preston/Child Grand Central 18,814
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.