Best-selling books in Canada for the week ending July 27, 2022

In this week’s bestseller lists: Something Old: Margaret AtwoodThe 1985 dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” enjoys comfortable sales year after year. But the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of the Roe v. Wade case, ending a woman’s right to an abortion, and a new season of the Hulu series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” coming in September , likely prompted more people to pick up a copy of the original. This week, it returned to the Canadian novels list at No. 10.

Something new: Matthew Ball is a Canadian venture capitalist, steeped in gaming culture, who seeks to explain the implications of what he calls “the next Internet.” “The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything” describes, as the publisher puts it, “the interconnected network of 3D virtual worlds that will eventually serve as the gateway to most online experiences and will also underpin much of the physical world”. The book debuts this week at No. 8 on the Original Non-Fiction List and at No. 5 on the Canadian Non-Fiction List.

-Sarah Murdoch

Bestseller lists are compiled by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited from information provided by BookNet Canada’s national sales tracking service, BNC SalesData.


1. It Ends With UsColleen Hoover, Atria (47)*

2. The It GirlRuth Ware, Simon & Schuster (2)

3. Ugly LoveColleen Hoover, earbuds (20)

4. TruthColleen Hoover, Grand Central (29)

5. Portrait of a strangerDaniel Silva, Harper (1)

6. Reminders of HimColleen Hoover, Montlake (15)

7. November 9Colleen Hoover, earbuds (11)

8. Book LoversEmily Henry, Berkeley (12)

9. The man 6:20David Baldacci, Grand Central (2)

10. The House Across the LakeRiley Sager, Dutton (1)


1. The Freedom ConvoyAndrew Lawton, Sutherland House (3)

2. Atlas of the HeartBrene Brown, Random House (32)

3. Sweetgrass BraidingRobin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed (81)

4. Find the mother treeSuzanne Simard, Penguin Canada (22)

5. 12 rules for lifeJordan B. Peterson, Random House (113)

6. Restraint orderBill Browder, Simon & Schuster (16)

7. We were dreamersSimu Liu, HarperCollins Canada (11)

8. The MetaverseMatthew Ball, Liveright (1)

9. The Palace PapersTina Brown, Doubleday Canada (11)

10. Happy Go LuckyDavid Sedaris, Little Brown (3)


1. Every summer afterCarley FortuneViking

2. Five little IndiansMichelle Good, Vivace Harper

3. Things we do in the darkJennifer Hillier, Minotaur

4. Nosy ParkerLesley CreweNimbus

5. The Apothecary’s GardenJeanette Lynes, Harper Avenue

6. The Life She HadKL Armstrong, Doubleday Canada

7. The MaidNita ProseViking

8. The AgreementElle Kennedy, Sourcebooks

9. A Town Called SolaceMary Lawson, Vintage Canada

10. The Handmaid’s TaleMargaret Atwood, McClelland and Stewart


1. The Freedom ConvoyAndrew Lawton, Sutherland House

2. Find the mother treeSuzanne Simard, Penguin Canada

3. 12 rules for lifeJordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada

4. We were dreamersSimu Liu, HarperCollins Canada

5. The MetaverseMatthew Ball, Liveright

6. 21 things you might not know about the Indian ActBob Joseph, Indigenous Relations

7. The Boy in the WoodsMaxwell Smart, HarperCollins Canada

8. 22 MurdersPaul Palango, Random House

9. How the World Really WorksVaclav Smil, Viking

10. AshesJesse Thistle, Simon & Schuster


1. Bad Guys: Open Wide and Say Arrrgh! (The Villains #15)Aaron Blabey, scholastic

2. The Summer I Became PrettyJenny Han, Simon & Schuster Kids

3. It’s not summer without youJenny Han, Simon & Schuster Kids

4. We will always have summerJenny Han, Simon & Schuster Kids

5. A Good Girl’s Guide to KillingHolly Jackson, Ember

6. Heartbreak (Vol. 1)Alice Oseman, Graphix

7. They both die at the endAdam Silvera, Harper Collins

8. Crush (Vol. 2)Alice Oseman, Graphix

9. Skinnamarink of Sharon, Lois and BramSharon Hampson, Lois Lillienstein, Bram Morrison, Qin Leng, Tundra

10. Legacy GamesJennifer Lynn Barnes, Little Brown for Young Readers


1. The Unofficial Disney Parks CookbookAshley Craft, Adams

2. Half-cooked harvest every dayTieghan Gerard, Clarkson Potter

3. Mandy’s Gourmet SaladsMandy Wolfe, Rebecca Wolfe, Meredith Erickson, Appetite by Random House

4. BakePaul Hollywood, Bloomsbury

5. Plant YouCarleigh Bodrug, Will Bulsiewicz, Hatchette GO

6. Praise VegetablesAlice Zaslavsky, Appetite by Random House

7. Super Simple Half-Cooked HarvestTieghan Gerard, Clarkson Potter

8. Like Cooked on TikTokTikTok Kitchen Designers, Gordon Ramsay, Clarkson Potter

9. On boardLisa Dawn Bolton, Appetite by Random House

10. Bernardin Complete Book of Home PreservationJudy Kingry, Lauren Devine, Sarah Page, Robert Rose

* Number of weeks on the list

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