On Wednesdays, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Bestseller list is published. Every week, we love to see what has been most popular in independent bookstores around our region. As we peruse the list, we ponder patterns. Then we present this weekly feature: Thursday Themes.
This week, we found ourselves enjoying the extravagance of the titles of some of the bestselling books. Booksellers love* complicated titles because of the creative ways that they get remembered. (Hopefully this post will prevent booksellers from having to search a point of sale system for “those books everyone is reading, Everybody in My Family Murderers People and Evelyn Hugo and the Seven.”)
Have you heard any particularly entertaining title interpretations lately?
How to Sell a Haunted House Grady Hendrix (#5 Hardcover fiction)
Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone Benjamin Stevenson (#13 Hardcover fiction)
I’m Glad My Mom Died Jennette McCurdy (#2 Hardcover nonfiction)
The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly Margareta Magnusson (#11 Hardcover nonfiction)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Taylor Jenkins Reid (#2 Paperback fiction)
*Please note– Not all booksellers actually love complicated titles. I do. But I guess you could say, “It’s complicated.” Not everyone enjoys figuring out what a customer wants when they ask for “The Place with the Singing Lobster.”