Friday, August 7, 2009

This Week's Best Sellers (08/07/2009)

Sorry I missed last week... I was out of town.

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):

Hardcover Fiction
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)

My Thoughts:
  • 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?
Your Thoughts: Post in the comments and let me know which of these books you've read, which you plan to, which you wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. [Or try and explain the L.A. Candy situation.]


Michael said...

One sister gave my other sister "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", and I had the sense it was a good read. When I picked it up and read the back cover, it described one of the main characters, Lisbeth, in such a way that I put the book down. Apparently, her character is:
a) an amazingly gifted weapon master;
b) an amazingly gifted motorcyclist;
c) an amazingly gifted hacker;
d) amazingly wise; and
e) amazingly ruthless.

Just felt too... amazingly amazing for me. I'll wait to hear what my sister thinks of it.

Sabrina said...

I'm reading the Time Traveler's Wife right now and really enjoying it!