It was yet another impressive year for authors as demand for books remained high amid the ever-growing reading culture. Some authors sold millions of copies, with some having more than two books ranked in the top ten. The best-selling books of 2022 varied from popular fiction to nonfiction and children and adult books.
The top ten bestselling books of 2022 also included books published almost five years ago. The high demand for books published in the prior years has everything to do with the rise in influencer recommendations on social networks such as Tik Tok and Instagram.
Best Selling Books of 2022
Colleen Hoover Show
Writer of novels in romance and young adult genres, Colleen Hoover, was arguably one of the most successful authors in 2022. Six of the top 10 best-selling books of 2022 were in her name, thanks to a dedicated fanbase and TikTok influence.
Published in 2016, It Ends with Us by Mrs. Hoover topped the charts with 2.7 million copies solid. The book is about a young girl, Lily, who has just finished college and meets Ryle, with whom she falls in love. But, as their relationship blossoms, the unthinkable happens. Ryle first love emerges and challenges the relationship.
The second best-selling book of 2022 was Verity which sold 2 million copies. The book visualizes the life of a young writer struggling to make ends meet in New York City. However, things change once she meets a man who changes her life in ways she could never imagine.
It starts with Us by Colleen Hoover, another top seller with 1.9 million copies sold in 2022. Related to It Ends with Us, the book details the life of Atlas and Lily, who are trying to rekindle the love they felt for each other. Nevertheless, they have to deal with the consequences their love may have now that they are adults.
Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, an American Zoologist and conservationist, broke Colleen Hoover’s dominance with the fourth-best-selling boo Where the Crawdads sing. The book sold over 1.86 million copies. Set in the 1950s, the book details the life of a young woman Kya Clark who lives in rural North Carolina and is brought into the real world through love.
Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love (Atria)
Colleen Hoover topped the top five bestselling books of 2022 with Ugly Love, which sold 1.5 million copies. The book outlines the story of a young lady named Tate, who falls in love with a reticent man named Miles. While the two share a deep connection, Tate cannot help Miles, a broken man who can only offer physical affection.
James Clear, Atomic Habits
Atomic Habits by James Clear was the sixth bestselling book of 2022, with over 1.28 million copies going on sale. The book became one of the best-selling on detailing how small atomic changes to the daily routine can lead to significant returns in the long run. In addition, the book describes the workings of human behavior while explaining groundbreaking topics.
Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Unlike the other books, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is based on the true life story of aging and reclusive Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo. Over 1.27 million copies went on sale last year as people got a tip of the actor’s life in Hollywood and her seven marriages. The book reveals stunning secrets and lies.
Colleen Hoover, Reminders of Him
Colleen Hoover continued to dominate the scene, with Reminders of Him raking up over 1.23 million copies on sale. The book details the life of a young mother who goes to jail for manslaughter only to come out after five years, hoping to reconnect with her four-year-old daughter.
November 9 is another book that sums up Colleen Hoover’s six books in the top ten. The book sold over 1.23 million copies. It details the life of Fallon, a young girl that meets young writer Ben resulting in a relationship that acts as Ben’s creative inspiration in his career as a novelist.
Jeff Kinney, Diper Överlöde
Diper Överlöde by Jeff Kinney was one of the best-selling books of 2022 with over 800,000 copies sold; as the seventeenth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, the book narrates the story of Greg Geffley, who joins his brother in a heavy metal band.
2022 was a good year for authors going by the number of copies sold. Nevertheless, Colleen Hoover saw six of her works dominate the best-selling books of 2022 list.