1. MaddAddam By Margaret Atwood (McClelland & Stewart, $32.95)
In Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, where most of humanity has been wiped out by a “waterless flood,” the future hinges on the uncertain fertility of the Crakers, genetically modified humanoids whose prodigious genitalia turn blue when it’s mating season. But rest easy: Atwood tells Globe Books that, in her imagination, at least, those charming creatures can indeed breed, so this unfortunate tale will have a happy ending.
2. How the Light Gets In By Louise Penny (St Martin’s, $29.99)
Borrowing her title from the lyrics of Leonard Cohen (with the great one’s permission, we’re told), Louise Penny returns with the latest Inspector Gamache novel. According to Margaret Cannon, it’s yet another extremely strong entry in one of today’s finest crime series. Readers agree, proving once again that Quebec’s Eastern Townships, where the novels are largely set, appeal to everyone.
3. The Cuckoo’s Calling By Robert Galbraith (Mulholland Books, $29)
A troubled private investigator, a supermodel’s suspicious death, a moderately successful thriller – until it is revealed that “Robert Galbraith” is none other than that prose wizard herself, J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter author has the best-selling hardcover and paperback books (her proper non-Potter debut, The Casual Vacancy) in the country. The real suspense here is in how long she can hold the spots.
4. The Silent Wife By A.S.A. Harrison (Penguin Canada, $18)
A.S.A. Harrison’s The Silent Wife is being hailed as this year’s Gone Girl. From the get-go, we know the marriage unravels and ends in death. But it’s the details – the husband’s philandering; his psychotherapist wife’s slow descent into murderousness – that hold the reader fast.
5. And the Mountains Echoed By Khaled Hosseini (Viking Canada, $30)
And the Mountains Echoed, an instant hit, is getting interactive. Its publishers marked the book’s release with the launch of The Echo Project (echoproject.ca), a lavish multimedia site where readers are invited to offer contributions – film, sound, image – that correspond with each of the novel’s 402 pages. Maybe that’s what keeps it selling.
6. A Tap on the Window By Linwood Barclay (Doubleday Canada, $22.95)
7. The Bone Season By Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury US, $25)
In his Globe Books review, Robert Wiersema gives full marks to the The Bone Season, a dystopic fantasy novel by newcomer Samantha Shannon that has catapulted onto the bestseller list. Oh yeah, did we mention she’s 21? Ugh, millennials.
8. The Rosie Project By Graeme Simison (HarperCollins, $19.99)
Globe Books described The Rosie Project – a novel about an exceedingly rational guy sidelined by that most irrational of emotions – as “crackling with wit and boasting an almost perfectly calibrated heartbreak-to-romance ratio.”
9. Joyland By Stephen King (Hard Case Crime, $12.95)
It’s a good time to be King: The master storyteller has a new book riding high on the bestseller lists (his delightful bit of summertime nostalgia, Joyland), a TV show heating up the airwaves (Under the Dome, the book version of which is selling well, too), and a new novel (Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining) less than two months away.
10. The Day the Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (Philomel, $19)
If you ever felt sorry for the neglected white crayon in the box (who hasn’t?), this book is for you – well, more specifically, for your kids. Protagonist Duncan just wants to draw, but each of his crayons has quit, leaving a note explaining why. Did you ever think about how grey feels, having to colour in all those hippos by itself? This completely charming book will make you start to.