BC Bestsellers | February 10, 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 9 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 14 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 7 consecutive weeks

No. 4

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 44 consecutive weeks

No. 5

You Hold Me Up
by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel
Orca Book Publishers | 9781459814479

Consultant, international speaker, and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families.

BC Bestseller for 1 week

No. 6

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 51 consecutive weeks

No. 7

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 11 consecutive weeks

No. 8

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 12 consecutive weeks

No. 9

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 2 consecutive weeks

No. 10

Lure: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the West Coast
by Ned Bell
Figure 1 | 9781927958926

This stunning cookbook, authored by chef and seafood advocate Ned Bell, features simple techniques and straightforward sustainability guidelines around Pacific species as well as 80 delicious recipes to make at home. 

BC Bestseller for 1 week

No. 11

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 18 consecutive weeks

No. 12

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 25 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 13 consecutive weeks

No. 14

An Old, Cold Grave
by Iona Whishaw
Touchwood Editions | 9781771512404

It’s 1947 in idyllic King’s Cove, and the Hughes ladies are spring cleaning when they discover a small skeletal hand embedded in their root cellar. Panicked, they call Lane Winslow, the ex-British secret service agent.

BC Bestseller for 1 week

No. 15

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 3 consecutive weeks

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