Bestsellers



Top-Selling Titles Last Week in Chicagoland

The following were the bestselling titles at independent bookstores in and around Chicago during the week ended Sunday, February 13:

Hardcover Fiction

1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
2. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
3. Room by Emma Donoghue
4. While Mortals Sleep by Kurt Vonnegut
5. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
2. One Goal Achieved by Chicago Blackhawks
3. Known and Unknown by Donald Rumsfeld
4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
5. Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

Paperback Fiction

1. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
2. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
3. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
4. Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt
5. A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

Paperback Nonfiction

1. The Big Short by Michael Lewis
2. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
3. The Quants by Scott Patterson
4. The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
5. Just Kids by Patti Smith

Children's Books

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
2. Silverlicious by Victoria Kann
3. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead
4. Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Reporting bookstores: Anderson's, Naperville and Downers Grove; Read Between the Lynes, Woodstock; the Book Table, Oak Park; the Book Cellar, Lincoln Square; Lake Forest Books, Lake Forest; the Bookstall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka; and 57th St. Books; Seminary Co-op; Women and Children First, Chicago.

My Borders Store to Close



Borders at Mid Rivers Mall Among Stores to Close

The Borders bookstore in Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters, MO will close by the end of April as Borders Group Inc. files for bankruptcy, according to a store closure list posted on the Borders Group Inc. reorganization website.

The closure list includes 200 Borders superstores in 35 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The bookseller currently operates 674 stores.

The closure list is not final, it states, and says actual store closures may differ depending on a variety of factors, including risks related to finalization of third-party agreements, expected cost savings and income tax and other benefits.

The closures will cut thousands of jobs.

The company began in 1971 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Borders has been hurt by the advent of online booksellers like Amazon and the rapidly growing e-book market, according to the Associated Press.

In the mid-1990s Borders opened roughly 40 superstores a year. Many blame Borders' success, along with that of its competitor, Barnes & Nobles, for the demise of many independent booksellers.

This is the closest Borders to my house and I am deeply saddened to see it close. I will still have Barnes & Noble right up the street, but I have always preferred Borders. I feel like I am losing a best friend!

See the full closure list.

Book Review: Trapped



Book Review: Trapped by Michael Northrop

First sentence: "We were the last seven kids waiting around to get picked up from Tattawa Regional High School."

From the front flap: "Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision..."

My take: Having grown up in rural Iowa -- I'm no stranger to being snowbound. However this is not like that. We would get snow, and sometimes a lot of it, in a 24-hour period and not be able to get out until the snow plows broke through the massive drifts. The snowfall in this book was not measured in inches but in FEET and it did not snow for a day, but for a week. It was a very good book and I found it a fast read, mostly because I did not want to put it down. I wanted to see what happened next! I recommend this book.

If you've reviewed the book, leave a comment here and I'll post a link to your review!

I Swim For Oceans

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0545210127
ISBN-13: 978-0545210126

My rating: A





Follower Love Giveaway Hop Winner!


Follower Love Giveaway Hop Winner!

The winner of "Return the Heart" by TK Richardson is: Maria. I will notify you by email and you have 48 hours to reply!

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who stopped by!


Follower Love Giveaway Hop


Follower Love Giveaway Hop!

I will be giving away one copy of "Return the Heart" by TK Richardson.




To enter, become a GFC follower and fill out the form here:
Follower Love Giveaway Hop

The giveaway will close at midnight EST on Sunday, February 13th. I will announce the winner on Valentines Day.

Be sure to stop by all the awesome participants in the giveaway below:




Bestsellers




The Bestsellers

Top-Selling Titles in Chicagoland Last Week

The following were the bestselling books at independent bookstores in and around Chicago during the week ended Sunday, January 30:

Hardcover Fiction

1. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
2. The Instructions by Adam Levin
3. Hell's Corner by David Baldacci
4. Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
5. You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
3. Hey Buddy by Gary Moore
4. The Wave by Susan Casey
5. The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene

Paperback Fiction

1. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
2. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi Durrow
3. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
4. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
5. Bloodroot by Amy Greene
5. Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

Paperback Nonfiction

1. Just Kids by Patti Smith
2. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
3. The Real ACT Prep Guide by Peterson's
4. The King's Speech by Mark Logue
5. Michelin Red Guide Chicago, 2011 by Michelin

Children's

1. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
2. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead
3. It's a Book by Lane Smith
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
5. The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman

Reporting bookstores: Anderson's, Naperville and Downers Grove; Read Between the Lynes, Woodstock; the Book Table, Oak Park; the Book Cellar, Lincoln Square; Lake Forest Books, Lake Forest; the Bookstall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka; and 57th St. Books; Seminary Co-op; Women and Children First, Chicago.

Monthly Recap: January 2011



Monthly Recap: January 2011

I had a really bad January reading month. I only read (completed) 3 books. I think the problem was I started two books that I absolutely could not finish... thus slowing me down significantly. I better get my rear in gear for February!

1. Switched by Amanda Hocking
2. Dream Spinner by Bonnie Dobkin
3. Return the Heart by T.K. Richardson
4. Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
5. Lily Dale: Awakening by Wendy Corsi-Staub

Full Dark, No Stars was very enjoyable. I like Stephen King, but some of his stuff is a bit too wordy for me. That makes this book very enjoyable -- it's a collection of short stories. That was my favorite read for the month. I did not finish Dream Spinner or Return the Heart.

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