Best-selling books in Canada for the week ending January 19, 2022

There are two milestones on The Star’s bestseller lists this week:

First, this may be the first time (in my memory, certainly, and maybe even forever) that a single author has had four books in the top 10 for original fiction. Colleen Hoover (CoHo to her fans) is a big deal with young women on TikTok, who explains the strong sales of her latest, “Verity,” and much of her playlist, especially “It Ends With Us,” which celebrates this week 19 weeks in the top 10.

Second, “12 Rules of Life,” Toronto Psychologist Jordan B. Peterson2018 Manifesto for a Better Life, this week marks 104 weeks on the Original Nonfiction list, the equivalent of two full years. The book is No. 1 on Canada’s non-fiction list, mostly because January is when we turn a new page — and this book is considered self-help. And some of us still need to be reminded to make our beds.

Also interesting: most weeks, the best-selling book in all categories is a children’s or young adult book or a self-help book. This week, the best-selling book in Canada is “The Maid”, by the Toronto writer Nita Prose. It’s also been warmly received in the United States: it’s the Good Morning America Book Club‘s pick for January and it received a rave review in the New York Times for its “genuine emotional weight.” Not bad for a first novel, and rare for a Canadian to get this kind of attention.


1. The maid, Nita Prose, Viking (2)*

2. It Ends With Us, Colleen Hoover, earbuds (20)

3. Ugly Love, Colleen Hoover, earbuds (3)

4. Truth, Colleen Hoover, Grand Central (3)

5. Something to Hide, Elizabeth George, Viking (1)

6. The Love Hypothesis, Ali Hazelwood, Berkeley (3)

7. In Paradise, Hanya Yanagihari, McClelland & Stewart (1)

8. The Midnight Library, Matt Haig, Harper Avenue (26)

9. State of Terror, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Louise Penny, Simon & Schuster (12)

10. November 9, Colleen Hoover, Atria (1)


1. Atlas of the Heart, Brené Brown, Random house (6)

2. Will, Will Smith, Mark Manson, Penguin (9)

3. Dawn of Everything, David Graeber, David Wengrow, Signal (2)

4. 12 rules for life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House (104)

5. Sweetgrass braiding, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed (55)

6. Talk to Canadians, Rick Mercer, Doubleday Canada (10)

7. Untamed, Glennon Toyle, Dial (72)

8. Find the mother tree, Suzanne Simard, Allée Lane (7)

9. The Storyteller, Dave Grohl, rue Dey (14)

10. Climb, Lindsey Vonn, Dey Street (1)


1. The maid, Nita Prose, Viking

2. State of Terror, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Louise Penny, Simon & Schuster

3. Find yourself first, Linwood Barclay, William Morrow

4. Lucky, Marissa Stapley, Simon & Schuster

5. Strangers, Katherena Vermette, Hamish Hamilton

6. Five little Indians, Michelle Good, HarperCollins Canada

7. The Apollo Murders, Chris Hadfield, Random House

8. The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline, dancing cat

9. Fight Night, Miriam Toews, Knopf Canada

10. What a strange paradise, Omar El Akkad, McClelland & Stewart


1. 12 rules of life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada

2. Talk to Canadians, Rick Mercer, Doubleday Canada

3. Find the mother tree, Suzanne Simard, Allan Lane

4. No one wins alone, Mark Messier, Jimmy Roberts, Simon & Schuster

5. No time like the future, Michael J. Fox, Flatiron

6. Off the Record, Peter Mansbridge, Simon & Schuster

7. 21 things you might not know about the Indian Act, Bob Joseph, Indigenous Relations

8. Teachers today, Jody Carrington, Laurie McIntosh, Impress

9. Indian in the Cabinet, Jodie Wilson-Raybould, HarperCollins Canada

10. The Menopause Manifesto, Jen Gunter, Random House


1. Ghost Boys, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

2. Wings of Fire: The Brightest Night, Tui T. Sutherland, Mike Holmes, Graphix

3. Cat Kid Cartoon Club Insights, Dav Pilkey, Graphix.

4. Karen’s school photo (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #5), Ann M. Martin, Katy Farina, Graphix

5. Big Shot (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #16), Jeff Kinney, Amulet

6. A Good Girl’s Guide to Killing, Holly Jackson, Ember

7. They both die at the end, Adam Silvera, Feather Tree

8. Those Who Run in the Sky, Aviaq Johnston, Toma Feizo Gas, dwell

9. Legacy Games, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Little, Brown for Young Readers

10. Girl in Pieces, Kathleen Glasgow, embers


1. 101 essays that will change the way you think, Brianna West, Thought Catalog

2. How to start, Michael Bungay Stanier, page two

3. The subtle art of not giving a damn, Mark Manson, HarperCollins Canada

4. The 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene, Joost Elffers, Penguin

5. The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse, Charlie Mackesy, Harper One

6. The mountain is you, Brianna West, Thought Catalog

7. Think like a monk, Jay Shetty, Simon & Schuster

8. The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz, Janet Mills, Amber-Allen

9. How to make friends and influence people, Dale Carnegie, Paperback

10. Boldly, Brene Brown, Avery

* Number of weeks on the list

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