BookNet Canada: Backlist Titles Dominate in 2019

For the first six months of 2019, titles from 2018 have dominated Canada's bestseller list, BookNet Canada has reported. Michelle Obama's Becoming, which was 2018's bestselling print book, has retained the number one spot in the Canadian English-language trade market from January to June.

Other top-performing titles include Tara Westover's memoir Educated, Dav Pilkey's middle grade novel Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild, and Heather Morris's historical novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz, all of which were released last year, and a 2016 title--Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck--remains on the list as well.

The trend also holds true for books written by Canadian authors, with this year's strongest selling titles being holdovers from 2018, among them Greta Podleski's cookbook Yum and Yummer and Jordan B. Peterson's self-help book 12 Rules of Life. Several novels from 2018, such as Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and The Quaintland Sisters by Shelley Wood, are also on the list.

In terms of category, juvenile/YA has dominated the first half of 2019, accounting for 38.8% of all print sales in Canada's English-language trade market. Nonfiction is the number two category, with 34.5% of sales, and adult fiction trails with 25.2% of sales.

BookNet Canada will have more 2019 sales data available in early 2020. Its 2018 report on the Canadian book market can be found here.

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