Canada’s book bestsellers for the week ending July 27, 2022

In this weeks bestsellers lists: Something Old: Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” enjoys comfortable sales year after year. But the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade, ending the right of women to obtain abortion, and a new season of the Hulu series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” coming in September have likely prompted more people to pick up a copy of the original. This week it edged back onto the Canadian Fiction list at No. 10.

Something New: Matthew Ball is a Canadian venture capitalist, steeped in gaming culture, who seeks to explain the implications of what he calls “the next Internet.” “The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything” outlines, as the publisher puts it, “the interconnected network of 3D virtual worlds that will eventually serve as the gateway to most online experiences and also underpin much of the physical world.” The book debuts this week at No. 8 on the Original Non-fiction list and No. 5 on the Canadian Non-fiction list.

-Sarah Murdoch

The bestseller lists are compiled by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited from information provided by BookNet Canada’s national sales tracking service, BNC SalesData.


1. It Ends with Us, Colleen Hoover, Atria (47)*

2. The It Girl, Ruth Ware, Simon & Schuster (2)

3. Ugly Love, Colleen Hoover, Atria (20)

4. Verity, Colleen Hoover, Grand Central (29)

5. Portrait of an Unknown Woman, Daniel Silva, Harper (1)

6. Reminders of Him, Colleen Hoover, Montlake (15)

7. November 9, Colleen Hoover, Atria (11)

8. Book Lovers, Emily Henry, Berkley (12)

9. The 6:20 Man, David Baldacci, Grand Central (2)

10. The House Across the Lake, Riley Sager, Dutton (1)


1. The Freedom Convoy, Andrew Lawton, Sutherland House (3)

2. Atlas of the Heart, Brené Brown, Random House (32)

3. Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed (81)

4. Finding the Mother Tree, Suzanne Simard, Penguin Canada (22)

5. 12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House (113)

6. Freezing Order, Bill Browder, Simon & Schuster (16)

7. We Were Dreamers, Simu Liu, HarperCollins Canada (11)

8. The Metaverse, Matthew Ball, Liveright (1)

9. The Palace Papers, Tina Brown, Doubleday Canada (11)

10. Happy-Go-Lucky, David Sedaris, Little Brown (3)


1. Every Summer After, Carley Fortune, Viking

2. Five Little Indians, Michelle Good, Harper Perennial

3. Things We Do in the Dark, Jennifer Hillier, Minotaur

4. Nosy Parker, Lesley Crewe, Nimbus

5. The Apothecary’s Garden, Jeanette Lynes, Harper Avenue

6. The Life She Had, K.L. Armstrong, Doubleday Canada

7. The Maid, Nita Prose, Viking

8. The Deal, Elle Kennedy, Sourcebooks

9. A Town Called Solace, Mary Lawson, Vintage Canada

10. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood, McClelland & Stewart


1. The Freedom Convoy, Andrew Lawton, Sutherland House

2. Finding the Mother Tree, Suzanne Simard, Penguin Canada

3. 12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada

4. We Were Dreamers, Simu Liu, HarperCollins Canada

5. The Metaverse, Matthew Ball, Liveright

6. 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act, Bob Joseph, Indigenous Relations

7. The Boy in the Woods, Maxwell Smart, HarperCollins Canada

8. 22 Murders, Paul Palango, Random House

9. How the World Really Works, Vaclav Smil, Viking

10. From the Ashes, Jesse Thistle, Simon & Schuster


1. The Bad Guys: Open Wide and Say Arrrgh! (The Bad Guys #15), Aaron Blabey, Scholastic

2. The Summer I Turned Pretty, Jenny Han, Simon & Schuster Children’s

3. It’s Not Summer Without You, Jenny Han, Simon & Schuster Children’s

4. We’ll Always Have Summer, Jenny Han, Simon & Schuster Children’s

5. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Holly Jackson, Ember

6. Heartstopper (Vol. 1), Alice Oseman, Graphix

7. They Both Die at the End, Adam Silvera, HarperCollins

8. Heartstopper (Vol. 2), Alice Oseman, Graphix

9. Sharon, Lois and Bram’s Skinnamarink, Sharon Hampson, Lois Lillienstein, Bram Morrison, Qin Leng, Tundra

10. The Inheritance Games, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Little Brown for Young Readers


1. The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook, Ashley Craft, Adams

2. Half Baked Harvest Every Day, Tieghan Gerard, Clarkson Potter

3. Mandy’s Gourmet Salads, Mandy Wolfe, Rebecca Wolfe, Meredith Erickson, Appetite by Random House

4. Bake, Paul Hollywood, Bloomsbury

5. PlantYou, Carleigh Bodrug, Will Bulsiewicz, Hatchette GO

6. In Praise of Vegetables, Alice Zaslavsky, Appetite by Random House

7. Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, Tieghan Gerard, Clarkson Potter

8. As Cooked on TikTok, TikTok food creators, Gordon Ramsay, Clarkson Potter

9. On Boards, Lisa Dawn Bolton, Appetite by Random House

10. Bernardin Complete Book of Home Preserving, Judy Kingry, Lauren Devine, Sarah Page, Robert Rose

* Number of weeks on list


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