The bestselling books in Canada for the week ending June 1, 2022


“The Whisper of the Night Wing” debuts this week at No. 10 on the Original Non-Fiction list and No. 5 on the Canadian Non-Fiction list. This latest wilderness adventure from Adam Shoalts concerns Traverspine, a Labrador settlement. At the beginning of the 20th century, Travertine was the scene of terrifying spectral encounters — dogs went missing, children said they were stalked by strange grinning creatures. Shoalts journeys to the foot of the Mealy Mountains to investigate the compelling evidence that something was afoot. His last book, “Beyond the Trees,” was No. 14 on 2019’s list of best-selling non-fiction.

Our biggest clue that summer reading season is upon us is the number of novels that contain the word “summer” in their titles. “The Summer Place,” Jennifer Weiner’s latest, is enjoying its third week on the Original Fiction list, at No. 6, and “Every Summer After,” by Carley Fortune, has been on the Canadian Fiction list for two weeks, this week at No. 3. Karen Swan’s “The Last Summer,” meanwhile, has left the Top 10 but is still selling briskly.

Other “summer” books on Booknet Canada’s list of most-bought books last week include “One Italian Summer,” by Rebecca Serle, “It Happened One Summer,” by Tessa Bailey, “Summer at Firefly Beach,” by Jenny Hale and “Hello, Summer,” by Mary Kay Andrews.

-Sarah Murdoch

The 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 Us, Colleen Hoover, Atria (39)*

2. Book Lovers, Emily Henry, Berkley (4)

3. Ugly Love, Colleen Hoover, Atria (12)

4. Nightwork, Nora Roberts, St. Martin’s (1)

5. November 9, Colleen Hoover, Atria (3)

6. The Summer Place, Jennifer Weiner, Atria (3)

7. Take Your Breath Away, Linwood Barclay, William Morrow (2)

8. Verity, Colleen Hoover, Grand Central (21)

9. The Diamond Eye, Kate Quinn, William Morrow (10)

10. The Paris Apartment, Lucy Foley, William Morrow (14)


1. The Boy in the Woods, Maxwell Smart, HarperCollins (5)

2. Atlas of the Heart, Brené Brown, Random House (24)

3. We Were Dreamers, Simu Liu, HarperCollins Canada (3)

4. Freezing Order, Bill Browder, Simon & Schuster (8)

5. The Palace Papers, Tina Brown, Doubleday Canada (6)

6. 1972: The Series that Changed Hockey Forever, Scott Morrison, Simon & Schuster (4)

7. Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed (73)

8. Finding Me, Viola Davis, HarperOne (4)

9. Son of Elsewhere, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, McClelland & Stewart (2)

10. The Whisper of the Night Wing, Adam Shoalts, Penguin Canada (1)


1. Take Your Breath Away, Linwood Barclay, William Morrow

2. Watch Out for Her, Samantha M. Bailey, Simon & Schuster

3. Every Summer After, Carley Fortune, Viking

4. Bloomsbury Girls, Natalie Jenner, St. Martin’s

5. All the Seas of the World, Guy Gavriel Kay, Viking

6. The Embroidered Book, Kate Heartfield, Harper Voyager

7. The Madness of Crowds, Louise Penny, Minotaur

8. Five Little Indians, Michelle Good, Harper Perennial

9. Looking for Jane, Heather Marshall, Simon & Schuster

10. Never Coming Home, Hannah Mary McKinnon, MIRA


1. The Boy in the Woods, Maxwell Smart, HarperCollins Canada

2. We Were Dreamers, Simu Liu, HarperCollins Canada

3. 1972: The Series that Changed Hockey Forever, Scott Morrison, Simon & Schuster

4. Son of Elsewhere, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, McClelland & Stewart

5. The Whisper on the Night Wind, Adam Shoalts, Penguin Canada

6. 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act, Bob Joseph, Indigenous Relations

7. 22 Murders, Paul Palango, Random House Canada

8. 12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada

9. Run Towards the Danger, Sarah Polley, Hamish Hamilton

10. From Showing Off to Showing Up, Nancy Regan, Nimbus


1. Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose (Cat Kid Comic Club #3), Dav Pilkey, Graphix

2. Heartstopper (Vol. 4), Alice Oseman, Graphix

3. Remarkably Ruby, Terri Libenson, HarperCollins

4. National Geographic Kids Almanac 2023 (Canadian edition), National Geographic, National Geographic Society

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

6. Heartstopper (Vol. 3), Alice Oseman, Graphix

7. InvestiGators: Braver and Boulder (InvestiGators #4), John Patrick Green, First Second

8. Bloom of the Flower Dragon (Dragon Masters #20), Tracey West, Graham Howells, Scholastic

9. The Dinky Donkey: a Board Book, Craig Smith, Katz Cowley, Cartwheel

10. Oh, the Place’s You’ll Go!, Dr. Seuss, Random House Books for Young Readers


1. Atomic Habits, James Clear, Avery

2. The Psychology of Money, Morgan Housel, Harriman House

3. Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert T. Kiyosaki, Plata

4. Endure, Cameron Hanes, St. Martin’s

5. Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order, Ray Dalio, Avid Read

6. The Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday, Stephen Hanselman, Portfolio

7. The Intelligent Investor (Revised Edition), Benjamin Graham, Harper Business

8. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey, Sean Covey, Jim Collins, Simon & Schuster

9. Alphabet Soup, Michael Bach, Page Two

10. Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek, Portfolio

* Number of weeks on list


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