Monday, December 12, 2011

What's Hot at Eagle Harbor Book Company

'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 Colli

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.)


ERAGON by Christopher Paolini

G BAD ROBOT by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Mark Fearing

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (with DVD) illustrated by Jan Brett



SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater


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?


Susan Fields said...

I just finished PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ last night and I LOVED it! Can't say enough good things about it. I'm giving my son both The Guiness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe It or Not. My older daughter is getting SILENCE by Becca Fitzpatrick, and my younger daughter is getting THE SON OF NEPTUNE by Rick Riordan.

Thanks for sharing this list with us, Dawn!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Number three in your list of reasons cracked me up! That said, I love your book list, too. I had never seen the Lego book, and I'm a big fan of DK Publishing, so I'm going to check that out. I have a daughter and a nephew who might enjoy copies.

Nancy Thompson said...

We once had a little independent children's book store in Issaquah, WA whose owner had read every copy on her shelves. All you had to do was walk in and talk about yourself and interests and she'd know exactly what to recommend. Alas, B&N chased her away. I miss the book lady.

Angelina C. Hansen said...

The wish list on my GoodReads TBR has about 60 titles right now. But since I saw The Invention of Hugo Cabret on that list (which I read and loved) I must confess that I'm eager to see the movie. Anyone see it? Did you like it?

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

Wow, my son would LOVE that Lego book! These all look fantastic. Thanks for the fun list!

Travener said...

Bought THE HUNGER GAME for my daughter last week. Kids've already read ERAGON. Glad to know your local book store is still thriving. I got to hop the ferry oer there one of these days.

Cuppa Jolie said...

This great, Dawn. I don't get to Eagle Harbor enough. I'm glad I saw the Lego book. That might be just what I'm looking for for a nephew. I just was book shopping today...gotta love book shopping. For my 11-year old I picked up Hunger Games and a sequel to a favorite, School of Fear. For my nine-year old I grabbed To Catch a Mermaid (by local author Suzanne Selfors) and a sequel to her favorite, Spaceheadz. :)

Thanks for sharing!

vwin said...

I am giving my middle schooler Wildwood, Scorpio Races, and -- her request -- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. My 18 year old wants a bio of Steven Spielberg (bought!) because he is interested in film. my DH, sadly, has a form of macular degeneration, so he gets movies more than books, but I think I'm going to read "The Hummingbird's Daughter" to him, as he loves Mexico!

An anonymous bookseller who feels like an action figure whenever she gets into the store with her fabulous customers

Dawn Simon said...

It is so fun reading your comments! I love hearing what everyone is giving this year! :)

So far I bought our son THE DEATH CURE (Maze Runner Trilogy, book 3), and I plan to buy my daughter ONE DAY. I'm also deciding between a couple others for the kids. As for me, I'm about to read IF I STAY.

Angelina, I haven't seen HUGO, but I hope to see it on the big screen. Like you, I loved THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET!

Victoria, you are adorable!

Dawn Simon said...

Pardon me: "So far I've bought..." How do you spell OCD? Yeesh, Dawn... ;)

Faith Pray said...

Hurrah, Dawn! There should be a Dawn Simon action figure, too! I love that you're celebrating books as well as a great indie bookstore in this post! I've just finished reading WILDWOOD today. It was fabulous! Some of the books I'm gifting this year: Martha Brockenbrough's THINGS THAT MAKE US SIC, Catherine Rayner's AUGUSTUS AND HIS SMILE, POSY and SYLVIA AND BIRD, Holly Hobbie's FANNY and FANNY AND ANNABELLE, Gail Carson Levine's WRITING MAGIC, TOY BOAT by Randall de Seve and Loren Long.
This is fun! I love seeing what other people are snatching up!

Jackee said...

So many great titles! Thanks for sharing! I'm getting Cabin Fever for my 8 yo and getting Wonderstruck for ...ahem... myself. lol

Happy holidays, Dawn! :o)