Hey, happy birthday to us! I can’t tell if it feels like yesterday or a hundred years ago when we reopened the doors of Santoro’s as Phinney Books, but it was actually two years ago, on June 20, 2014. As I say to everyone who asks, those two years could not have gone better. What a welcome we’ve had from the neighborhood! We still may be in our toddler years, clomping around, chewing on the board books, and sometimes in need of a nap, but we feel right at home here. Thanks for making this all possible.
And birthday time means the return of an annual tradition: our year-end bestseller list, in which we define the year as beginning on June 20 and ending on the following June 19. Curious what our most popular books over our second year have been? We were! Not that we were very surprised by the top three, which were far ahead of the rest of the pack (and which, as it happens, were all in my personal top 10 from last year): Between the World and Me, My Brilliant Friend, and H Is for Hawk. You can see our top 10 sellers below and scroll through our full top 100 on our website, and in a few days we’ll have our top 50 in our window.
I was surprised how many holdovers there were from last year’s list: six of our top 10 were in the top 10 last year. (And I swear I didn’t fudge the data to squeeze #10 onto the list, although with just a few days more time A Man Called Ove would have taken over that spot.) More tidbits for nerds like me: all four of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels made our top 50, and eight other authors (Coates, Oliver Sacks, Fredrik Backman, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Kate DiCamillo, Colm Toibin, Mo Willems, and the crayon team of Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers) appear twice on the list. And it’s great as always to see Seattle books, and even some by our neighbors (see #23, 24, 25, 39, 52, 77, and 98, among others). Perhaps best of all, it makes a heck of a reading list, if we do say so ourselves. You all read good books!
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, and Karlyn
Phinney Books is located in Seattle at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.