Wondering what to read next? Browse our list of last months bestsellers and see if anything catches your eye. Here are our top 10 sellers for early 2022, eight from in-store sales and two from online sales:
• “The Mysteries of Luke McCain” by Rod Phillips (Latah Books, $16.75 and $17.75)
This series has been a bestseller at Inklings since the day the first book was released. Everyone who read it had nothing but good things to say about it. In my own past words: “If you haven’t gotten there yet, the ‘Luke McCain Mysteries’ series is set in the Cascade Mountains, and you’ll recognize many of its settings. The first book, “Cascade Killer”, has sold over 1,000 copies right here at Inklings. This mystery series is entertaining, fast-paced and therefore a pleasure to read.
• “Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience” by Brene Brown (Random House, $30)
Prolific author Brene Brown is once again an Inklings bestseller. “Atlas of the Heart” is not like his other books; it’s heavy, tall, full of pictures and diagrams, and it will look nice on anyone’s coffee table. It reads like a dictionary of human emotions and experiences – 87 of them! “Atlas of the Heart” is also a five-part HBO Max docuseries.
• “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (GP Putnam’s Sons, $18)
According to Susan Richmond, owner of Inklings Bookstore, “Where the Crawdads Sing” is “a harrowing coming-of-age story of a reclusive young girl who has been abandoned by her parents and everyone around her. It’s a beautifully written study of nature and character with a surprising ending.
• “Neon Gods” by Katee Robert (Sourcebooks Casablanca, $14.99)
Washington resident Katee Robert shot to fame and became a New York Times bestseller with her Greek mythology-inspired series, “Dark Olympus.” “Neon Gods” is the first book in the series and focuses on Hades and Persephone. It’s a modern, adults-only take on a beloved couple from Greek mythology.
• “Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller (Ecco, $16.99)
Fiction books inspired by Greek mythology hit shelves last year, so it’s no surprise that this story of Patroclus and Achilles continues to top bestseller lists. From Inklings bookseller Rachel Fowler: “A beautiful and heartbreaking story based on Greek mythology. I couldn’t put it down and read it in two days.
• “People We Meet on Vacation” by Emily Henry (Berkly, $16)
“People We Meet on Vacation” follows the story of Alex and Poppy, two friends who are complete opposites but somehow have enough in common to take a trip together every summer for a decade. – until a trip ruins everything. They haven’t spoken since…and now we’re going on a journey with them as they relive their travels and try, with one last vacation together, to fix what went wrong.
• “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in Trauma Healing” by Bessel Van Der Kolk (Penguin, $19)
From Inklings bookseller Tony Hoffart: “It’s not a book with exercises and recipes, but it offers something potentially more important because it’s the enduring mindset that turns a New Year’s resolution into a a real change for the better. This book is good enough to use for weight loss, but then take the same approach to writing a novel or starting a business.
• “Healthy Cooking” by Elaina Moon (healthy eating, $23.50)
Says Inklings staff member JT Menard, “Moon is to be commended for creating such a simple yet elegant cookbook. The “Cooking Healthy Cookbook” is perfect for individuals or families looking for an economical way to eat healthy, delicious food. Yakima is lucky to have his expertise.
• “Electric Idol” by Katee Robert (Sourcebooks Casablanca, $14.99)
This is the second book in the series inspired by Greek mythology “Dark Olympus”, focusing on Eros and Psyche. Robert’s Psyche is a plus size influencer with a heart of gold that you can’t help but love, definitely a modern Psyche personified. Eros is gentle and kind. Apparently, he’s also a murderer, but whatever; this small detail is easily forgotten.
• “The Last Cuentista” by Donna Barba Higuera (Levine Querido, $17.99)
This book won one of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature, the Newbery Medal. And best of all, Donna Bara Higuera is local to our state.
According to Amy Miller, Associate Director at Inklings, “Donna Barba Higuera’s ‘The Last Quentista’ is also science fiction for intermediate and adult readers! Just before Earth is destroyed by a comet, Petra and her family are chosen to be among those starting over on a distant planet. The Collective attempts to erase all memory, but Petra discovers she still carries the stories of the past.
Have fun reading!
• Anne Zastrow works for Inklings Bookstore. She and other Inklings staff review books in this space each week.