The Raven Book Store’s bestsellers for Jan. 23, 2024 (Sponsored post)

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Note from the Times: This bestseller list comes to us straight from The Raven Book Store in Lawrence. See other editions of the list here.

Nearly all of this week’s bestseller list is made up of backlist titles, which is what we bookstore folks call all books that are more than a few months old. In fact, this week’s No. 1 book has been out since May 2023. It’s sold steadily but has never taken the top spot.

Just goes to show how much positive word of mouth can drive book sales outside of the fast-moving book industry hype cycle. It also helps if your book is as charming and moving as Van Pelt’s. 


1.     Shelby Van Pelt, Remarkably Bright Creatures

2.     Giselle Anatol, Small-Girl Toni and the Quest for Gold

3.     James McBride, The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

4.     Rebecca Ross, Ruthless Vows

5.     Travis Baldree, Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes

6.     Rebecca Yarros, Fourth Wing

7.     R. F. Kuang, Babel

8.     Ned Blackhawk, The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History

9.     Sarah J Maas, Throne of Glass

10.   Katee Robert, Midnight Ruin

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