Saturday, July 12, 2014

What's Hot at Eagle Harbor Book Company

Seattle currently has blue skies and a strange, bright orb shining down and heating the area. How weird is that?! Yet the weather isn't the only thing that's hot around here. Victoria from Eagle Harbor Book Company let me in on which books sold best this week so I could share the top reads with you. Yes, siree, we're talkin' 'bout what's hot in children's and YA at Eagle Harbor Book Company!

You'll notice John Green's books pop up quite a bit on the list. Since Green is kind of like money (and he sells a heckuva lot of books) or perhaps envy (again, he sells a heckuva lot of books), maybe I have to rethink my name. I know! I should write under Dawn Sellsaheckuvalotofbooks! And here I was foolishly working on craft when all I needed was a new nom de plume! Tee-hee!

Of course, it's not about the money for us. I mean, becoming a writer isn't exactly the best get-rich-quick scheme. Another "of course"? John Green is an amazing writer. Yeah, let's disregard the new-name idea and go back to focusing on craft.

Moving on!

This week's list, starting with #1! Ready. Set. Go!

by John Green

by Gary Blackwood

THE SASQUATCH ESCAPE/The Imaginary Veterinary: Book 1
written by Suzanne Selfors and illustrated by Dan Santat
(Woot! Woot! for Suzanne!)

written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

by Scott O'Dell

by John Green

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (movie cover version)
by John Green

by Markus Zusak

by John Skewes

written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

by John Green

*Summer reading title for a local school

Bookseller Victoria noted that THE FAULT IN OUR STARS was #2 for all best sellers in the store. BOYS IN THE BOAT was #1, and CUCKOO'S CALLING was #3. THE ILIAD is also high up on this week's overall best sellers list because of a local school's summer reading.

More info from Victoria:
-The bookstore is hosting a Young Adult/New Adult NW Summer Book Tour event on Sunday, August 3, at 3 p.m. The event will feature eight local writers of these genres. "They will do a panel discussion about their work, and how they draw the line between YA and NA." There will be door prizes.

-Eagle Harbor Book Company has also started a graphic novel summertime book group for kids who are 6-10 years old. Victoria said the first meeting on July 10 was a blast. "We had Dav Pilkey pop in to join Sue Nevins (bookseller from across the water and kids' graphic novel specialist) and the fabulous Dana Sullivan! The kids were rockin', too." Here are some pics from the event. (Dav is on the left, Dana's on the right. Dana, LET ME KNOW the next time you have an event at EHBC!)

This is part of the storyboard the kids came up with while working with Dav and Dana.

Victoria said, "If there are graphic artists among your readers who'd like to join us for one of our weekly sessions and work with the kids, we'd love to be in touch!"

-Kirby Larson will be at the bookstore in late August to launch her new book, DASH.

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Thank you, Victoria, for passing along so much great information! I always find it interesting to learn what's selling locally.

Blog friends, what are you currently reading? I'm reading GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn.


Kelly Polark said...

This is cool to see the bestsellers of the week!
And holy John Green! And I am going to start reading The Fault in our Stars tomorrow coincidentally.

Kelly Polark said...

And are you loving Gone Girl? It is sooooooooooooooooo good!

Dawn Simon said...

Thank you, Kelly! I look forward to hearing what you think about TFIOS! I loved it--and LOOKING FOR ALASKA and PAPER TOWNS! I haven't read AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES yet, so I plan to do that soon! Yes, GONE GIRL is excellent!

Christina Wilsdon said...

Huh! I was pleasantly surprised to see "Island of the Blue Dolphins" on here as that was a childhood favorite--I wondered if maybe they'd made a movie of it and that was why it was a top seller (now I see the note about it being summer reading for a school). I am currently on a Carson McCullers kick but will take on some of these titles next! Thanks for sharing!

Jemi Fraser said...

So many good books! I love seeing Island of the Blue Dolphins still raking up the sales - great story! Glad kids are still reading it! :)

I love the pics of the graphic artists at work!! Graphic novels are so popular with the kids right now :)

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for sharing Dawn.

The Day the Crayons Quit is fantastic and a big hit with our kiddos. The Sasquatch Escape is one that looks interesting. Will have to read some more about it.

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Christina! I have not yet read anything by Carson McCullers. I should fix that!

Jemi, yay for ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS! Yeah, graphic novels are uber-popular, and they can be wonderful for reluctant readers--or anyone!

Slamdunk, THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT is so much fun! Regarding THE SASQUATCH ESCAPE, I highly recommend it. Suzanne (the author) is a friend of mine, but she's also one of my favorite authors. Her books have a lot of heart and humor.

Joanne R. Fritz said...

Yay for John Green! I've read all of his books you showed here. Still need to read Paper Towns. Also read and loved The Book Thief and Island of the Blue Dolphins. You're lucky to have such a great indie bookstore near you.

Just read Gone Girl last month and I have a love/hate relationship with the characters. Hope you enjoy the book.

This week, I'm reading The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham. Such imagination!

Thanks for the follow.

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Joanne! THE BOOK THIEF is one of my very favorite novels!

I'm only about halfway through GONE GIRL, but I have a theory... No idea if I'm right, but I'm having fun guessing! I think it's so well done!

I hadn't heard of THE LUCK UGLIES, but I just looked it up and it sounds really good!

Medeia Sharif said...

Great list. Some of these books are new to me. It's great that the company is so involved with the community.

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Medeia! It's totally a cozy, well-loved community bookstore, and they have great events.

Lynda R Young said...

Wow, John Green is doing really well. THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT looks gorgeous.

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Lynda! Yeah, John Green's books are uber-popular.

A friend with a child in pre-school told me her little one cannot get enough of THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT. I love it when kids are excited about books!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow, John is everywhere you look!

I'm reading The Monument Men.

Dawn Simon said...

Cool, Sharon! I saw the movie, but the book is almost always better than the movie, right? :)