Comparing what’s popular and in-demand in the Northwest with national bestsellers can be an interesting look into local readers’ preferences. Each week, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association shares the bestselling titles from independent bookstores in our area. Compare that list with the national bestseller lists from New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today and you’ll see some overlap — and quite a bit of difference.
Here are the top 15 hardcover fiction titles in the Pacific Northwest from last week:
1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (a Peak Pick)
2. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (a Peak Pick)
3. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (a Peak Pick)
4. Circe by Madeline Miller (a former Peak Pick)
5. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (a Peak Pick)
6. Normal People by Sally Rooney (a Peak Pick)
7. The New Girl by Daniel Silva
8. Deep River by Karl Marlantes (Seattle author!)
9. Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
10. Exhalation Ted Chiang (Seattle author! And a Peak Pick)
11. Knife by Jo Nesbø
12. The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
13. Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
14. Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (a Peak Pick)
15. The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister (Seattle author!
And a Peak Pick)
What can you tell from this snapshot of Northwest book preferences? Well, first and foremost — hooray for Northwest readers for loving our local authors! You’ll also see that our Peak Picks selectors (librarians Kristen and Frank) are excellent at forecasting what Seattle readers will want to read: a whopping nine of the 15 bestsellers are in our Peak Picks collection, and they place their order for Peak Picks months in advance.
We do overlap a bit with four titles on both the local and national lists:
What else are readers across the nation loving? Here are the top 15 hardcover fiction titles with top sales for the same time period, as reported by Publishers Weekly:
1. One Good Deed by David Baldacci
2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
3. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
4. The New Girl by Daniel Silva
5. Thrawn: Treason (Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn
6. Under Currents by Nora Roberts
7. Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand
8. Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber (a Washington author!)
9. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
10. Backlash by Brad Thor
11. Lost and Found by Danielle Steel
12. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
13. The Chain by Adrian McKinty
14. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
15. Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
Is it more likely that a science fiction, romance or mystery title will make a bestseller list locally, or nationally? This is just a snapshot, and while it would be fascinating to track this over time, I’m going to check out a Peak Pick to read, rather than reading about reading.
~ posted by Linda J.