'Tis the season of gifties, and a book is the perfect gift, yes? As writers and/or illustrators, I'm sure you agree. Think of the message you could be sending by giving someone special in your life a book! Some examples:
1. I'm thinking of you.
2. You're my friend.
3. I don't care if all the other mothers are allowing their children's brains to rot by letting them have endless screen time. I want more for you. Here's something really special! (Though a wee bit of Call of Duty: MW3 never hurt anyone. Not that I'm addicted. *ahem*)
I once again asked Victoria the bookseller to share the names of YA and children's titles that have been selling well at Eagle Harbor Book Company, a fabulous indie here in Western Washington. She went through the stats and told me the top fifteen YA and children's titles from last week.
Are you ready? Here's the list!
THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
INHERITANCE by Christopher Paolini
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6: CABIN FEVER by Jeff Kinney
WILDWOOD by Colin Meloy, illustrations by Carson Ellis (Fun to note: Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis are married, and Colin Meloy is the singer and songwriter for the band the Decemberists.)
THE LEGO IDEAS BOOK - DK Publishing
ERAGON by Christopher Paolini
THE THREE LITTLE ALIENS AND THE BIG BAD ROBOT by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Mark Fearing
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (with DVD) illustrated by Jan Brett
OTIS AND THE TORNADO by Loren Long
THE INVENTION OF HUGE CABRET by Brian Selznick
SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
GRANDFATHER TWILIGHT by Barbara Berger
SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi
MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins
WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick
Victoria told me YA is always strong this time of year, which I thought was interesting. Also, Christopher Paolini recently participated in a WEST SOUND READS! event, and Victoria said the bookstore is still feeling the Paolini Effect. The Guinness Book of World Records is another book that's doing very well. It's usually bought by kids and for kids, but it's not on this list because it isn't specifically a kids' book.
I'd like to thank Victoria for taking the time for this. I personally think someone should create a Victoria the Bookseller action figure that smiles, makes people feel welcome, and jumps tall stacks of books in a single bound. :)
Are you planning on giving any books as gifts this month? What books do you have on your wish list? What are you reading now?