The Best of Books

The Marina Books Inc. best sellers of 2022


Here is a list of the most popular books sold last year at Books Inc. in the Marina:


1. The Midnight Library: A Novel, by Matt Haig

2. The Lincoln Highway: A Novel, by Amor Towles

3. The Paris Apartment: A Novel, by Lucy Foley


1. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, by James Clear

2. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir, by Michelle Zauner

3. San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities, by Michael Shellenberger


1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel, by Taylor Jenkins

2. Verity, by Colleen Hoover

3. It Ends With Us: A Novel, by Colleen Hoover


1. The Premonition: A Pandemic Story, by Michael Lewis

2. The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War, by Malcom Gladwell

3. The Ten Equations That Rule the World: And How You Can Use Them Too, by David Sumpter


The Shards: A Novel, by Bret Easton Ellis

In this quasi-autobiographical novel, set in 1981 Los Angeles, Bret is a senior at the elite Buckley prep school and fascinated with a new student who has arrived like a lightning bolt even as Bret’s wider group of friends focus unhealthily on a serial killer called the Trawler who suddenly seems to be circling them. As Bret wonders whether he can trust anyone (himself included), the blazing writer-to-be starts emerging.

Spare, by Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex

It was one of the most searing images of the 20th century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow — and horror. As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling — and how their lives would play out from that point on. For the Duke of Sussex, this is that story at last. With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.

Tomb of Sand, by Geetanjali Shree, (translated by Daisy Rockwell)

Opening with the phrase, “A tale tells itself,” Shree channels a story that indeed has a life and will of its own. The gorgeous writing is fluid and poetic, yet it is also plain and arresting with its direct second-person narration. Rockwell’s translation retains wit and rich flavor, with many words that vividly reflect Ma’s life. This novel, translated from Hindi, won the International Booker Award. Readers of international literature, award-list titles, and literary fiction will cherish Shree’s written intricacies of interior worlds as well as her detailed settings that evoke a strong sense of place.

Hell Bent, by Leigh Bardugo

In Ninth House, best-selling young adult author Bardugo’s much-cheered adult debut, Galaxy “Alex” Stern can see the dead, which wins her a free ride to Yale from benefactors concerned to track the occult activities of the university’s secret societies. Here, she’s determined to rescue her mentor from hell, even if (heaven forfend!) it loses her a place at Yale.

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