Weekly Feature: Here's a run-down of what's hot at the book stores this week (according to the NY Times lists posted online on 7/31/09, print version 8/7/09):
1. The Defector by Daniel Silva ($26.95)
2. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner ($26.99)
3. Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro ($27.99)
Trade Paperback Fiction
1. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger ($14.95)
2. The Shack by William P. Young ($14.99)
3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ($14.95)
Mass Market Paperback Fiction
1. Smoke Screen by Sandra Brown ($9.99)
2. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult ($7.99)
2. TailSpin by Catherine Coulter ($7.99)
Children's Books (Chapter Books)/Young Adult Fiction
1. L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad ($17.99)
2. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen ($19.99)
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ($17.99)
- I'm sorry I missed last week (and the chance to congratulate Jennifer Weiner because she's one of my faves). I haven't read Silva's work before, but the blurb on the NY Times page says the protagonist is a art restorer and occasional Israeli spy. (Interesting combo, huh?)
- Amongst trade paperback, we've got a new number one and I think The Time Traveler's Wife is being helped by the upcoming release of the book's film adaptation (which I won't be seeing because I loved the book way too much).
- Amongst mass market paperback, I haven't read anything by Sandra Brown but the blurb ("Scandalous deaths thwart the investigation of a fatal fire at the police headquarters in Charleston, S.C.") actually kind of caught my interest.
- No change on the YA list, and it still baffles me. Are teens (or their parents) just not buying books? I don't get it. Could somebody explain this phenomena to me?