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!

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
by John Green



THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER*
by Gary Blackwood



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



THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT
written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers



ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS*
by Scott O'Dell



AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES
by John Green



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




THE BOOK THIEF
by Markus Zusak



LARRY LOVES SEATTLE!
by John Skewes




FANCY NANCY AND THE WEDDING OF THE CENTURY
written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser



LOOKING FOR ALASKA
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.