BESTSELLERS APRIL 25–MAY 1, 2016
1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Rowling/Kay Scholastic/Levine 76,266
2 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Riverhead 65,394
3 Two by Two Nicholas Sparks Grand Central 63,541
4 Killing the Rising Sun O’Reilly/Dugard Holt 61,555
5 The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase #2) Rick Riordan Disney-Hyperion 58,641
6 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen Simon & Schuster 48,745
7 The Girl on the Train (trade paper movie tie-in) Paula Hawkins Riverhead 39,654
8 Jesus Always Sarah Young Thomas Nelson 39,279
9 The Girl on the Train (mass market movie tie-in) Paula Hawkins Riverhead 38,190
10 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child J.K. Rowling et al. Scholastic/Levine 37,907
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B TS RS OCTOBER 3–9, 2016
Clash of the Titans
It’s a big week for a pair of children’s
authors who are well accustomed to big
weeks: J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan.
The #1 book in the country is Harry Potter
and the Chamber of Secrets, the second of the
new hardcover editions of Rowling’s series,
with color illustrations by Jim Kay. Its
first-week print unit sales eclipsed those for the first revamped title, Harry
Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which pubbed this week last year and debuted at
#5 in the country overall.
So what was #1 that week? The Sword of Summer, first in Riordan’s Magnus
Chase series. The follow up, The Hammer of Thor, debuts this week at #2 in
children’s fiction, and #5 in the country overall.
A Semple Plan
Today Will Be Different by Maria
Semple, the story of one woman’s
catastrophically bad day and a
“sharp, funny read” according
to our review, lands at #7 in
Hardcover Fiction. It’s the
author’s first novel since 2012’s
Where’d You Go, Berndadette?, a
book whose popularity (502K print copies sold)
has not only stoked interest in her new book but
is also influencing Semple’s brand.
The familiar sunglasses-wearing face from the
Bernadette cover appears as an icon on the Today
Will Be Different jacket. On December 20, Little,
Brown is releasing a mass market edition of
Semple’s first novel, 2008’s This One Is Mine,
with Bernadette branding.
Three faith-based titles enjoyed strong debuts on our Hardcover
Nonfiction list this week, and a fourth got a boost in its second
week on sale.
After a relatively modest debut last week at #12 in nonfiction,
Sarah Young’s Jesus Always is up nine notches this week and is
the #8 book in the country overall. At #5 in nonfiction, Is This
the End? by David Jeremiah, founder of the Turning Point
ministry, examines current events through a biblical lens.
In Divine Dance, at #6, Franciscan friar Richard Rohr considers
the concept of the Trinity, proposing a more accessible deity
than the one who, according to his publisher, dominates
popular imagination: “an angry, distant, moral scorekeeper or
a supernatural Santa Claus.” One position below, Think Better,
Live Better is the latest inspirational title from pastor and
televangelist Joel Osteen, whose most recent book, 2015’s
The Power of I Am, has sold 235K print copies.
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BY CAROLYN JURIS
TWO BY TWO
#1 Hardcover Fiction, #3 overall
In his latest novel, Sparks, who in 2015
announced an amicable separation
from his wife, writes of a man navigating single parenthood.
LOVE YOUR LIFE, NOT THEIRS
#4 Hardcover Nonfiction
Cruze, who is coauthor with her father,
Dave Ramsey, of 2014’s Smart Money
Smart Kids, explains the financial
perils of comparing oneself to others.
NEW & NOTABLE
9,799 First-Week Print-Unit Sales
Where’d You Go,