BC Bestsellers | February 3, 2018

The BC Bestseller List is compiled using sales data from more than 70 independent bookstores in BC, which is provided to the ABPBC by TBM BookManager. The list represents sales of BC published books released within the calendar year.

No. 1
Whitewater Cooks: More Beautiful Food
by Shelley Adams
Alicon Holdings Ltd | 9780981142432

Whitewater Cooks: More Beautiful Food is full of new recipes to inspire fans and once again turn home cooks into culinary rock stars, a hallmark of Shelley’s earlier books. Shelley’s innate flair for creating and developing recipes will not disappoint and soon home cooks across Canada will be serving their guests…more beautiful food

BC Bestseller for 8 consecutive weeks

No. 2

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion – Surprising Observations of a Hidden World
by Peter Wohlleben
Greystone Books | 9781771643016

Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben’s personal experiences in forests and fields. Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

BC Bestseller for 13 consecutive weeks

No. 3

As A Dog Thinketh: Daily Words of Wisdom
by Monique Anstee
TouchWood Editions | 9781771512374

Daily reflections, guidance, and sound advice from a top trainer and competitor.

BC Bestseller for 6 consecutive weeks

No. 4

The World’s Most Travelled Man: A Twenty-Three-Year Odyssey to and through Every Country on the Planet
by Mike Spencer Bown
Douglas & McIntyre | 9781771621427

A rollicking travel memoir from “the patron saint of backpackers.”

BC Bestseller for 11 consecutive weeks

No. 5

Hello Humpback! picture bookHello Humpback!
by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd, illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
Harbour Publishing | 9781550177992

With bright and bold illustrations of the wild and magical West Coast by celebrated artist Roy Henry Vickers, this “first words” book, introduces iconic West Coast animals, from hungry sea otters to hopping orcas.

BC Bestseller for 50 consecutive weeks



No. 6

Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation
by Monique Gray Smith
Orca Book Publishers | 9781459815834

Acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith teaches readers about the lives of Survivors and how to listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action.

BC Bestseller for 1 week



No. 7

Chasing Smoke: A Wildfire Memoir
by Aaron Williams
Harbour Publishing | 9781550178050

A gritty, exhilarating and danger-filled memoir of forest firefighting in BC.

BC Bestseller for 17 consecutive weeks


No. 8

Harry: A Wilderness Dog Saga
by Chris Czajkowski
Harbour Publishing | 9781550178098

Taking up where Lonesome, the first bestselling wilderness dog, left off, here is another wilderness memoir from the perspective of Chris Czajkowski’s canine companions.

BC Bestseller for 24 consecutive weeks

No. 9

The Spitfire Luck of Skeets Ogilvie: From the Battle of Britain to the Great Escape
by Keith C. Oglivie
Heritage House Publishers | 9781772032116

A young Canadian spitfire pilot finds adventure, love, and a remarkable dose of luck on the frontlines of the Second World War.

BC Bestseller for 10 consecutive weeks

No. 10

The Haunting of Vancouver Island: Supernatural Encounters with the Other Side
by Shanon Sinn
TouchWood Editions | 9781771512435

A compelling investigation into supernatural events and local lore on Vancouver Island.

BC Bestseller for 2 consecutive weeks

No. 11

The White Angel
by John MacLachlan Gray
Douglas & McIntyre | 9781771621465

A novel based on the 1924 murder of Janet Smith in Vancouver–a city at the edge of the empire, still reeling from the Great War with a barely functioning police department and a thriving criminal class.

BC Bestseller for 3 consecutive weeks

No. 12

A Day With Yayah
by Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Julie Flett
Tradewind Books | 9781926890098

Set in the Nicola Valley, BC, a First Nations family goes on an outing to forage for herbs and mushrooms. Grandmother passes down her knowledge of plant life to her young grandchildren.

BC Bestseller for 2 consecutive weeks

No. 13

First, We Brunch: Recipes and Stories from Victoria’s Best-Loved Breakfast Joints
by Rebecca Wellman

TouchWood Editions | 9781771512312

First, We Brunch is an exquisitely photographed cookbook showcasing more than 60 recipes from the city’s most beloved mid-morning eateries.

BC Bestseller for 12 consecutive weeks

No. 14

On Island by Pat CarneyOn Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers
by Pat Carney
TouchWood Editions | 9781771512107

A collection of stories chronicling the characters and dramas that capture life in small coastal communities.

BC Bestseller for 43 consecutive weeks

No. 15

Opportunity Knox: Twenty Years of Award-Losing Humour Writing
by Jack Knox
Heritage House | 9781772032086

In this side-splitting follow-up to the bestseller Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada, Jack Knox presents his best writing, marking his twenty-year anniversary as a humour columnist at the Victoria Times Colonist, the newspaper that made him a household name.

BC Bestseller for 15 consecutive weeks


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