How The ‘Rona is affecting the bestseller lists

The Star gives a bit of analysis that seems to suggest the pandemic is shaping the Canadian bestseller lists. Hot damn. There’s sure to be a run on my eschatologically trepidatious book The Hunter any time now.

That most of us are confined to our homes — working, eating, killing time — is apparent in the types of books that are selling best.

Examining the raw data supplied by BookNet Canada, which tracks books sold in the previous week, we discover that one of the top sellers these days is colouring books. “F*ck Off, I’m Coloring,” published in 2016, is No. 12 on the overall non-fiction list this week; “The Disney Dreams Collection Thomas Kinkade Studios Coloring Book, published in 2017,” is in the No. 14 spot. Meanwhile, 2019’s “Sticker by Number Animals,” which is like paint-by-numbers using stickers, ranks No. 8. Finally, also in the colouring vein, is “Wreck This Journal, a bestseller when it was published in 2012, at No. 15 (its publisher urge readers to “paint, poke, create, destroy and wreck” to “create a journal as unique as you are”).

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