Friday, January 11, 2013

Bookstore Bestsellers, 2012

Happy New Year! It's time for the annual list of Big Blue Marble bestsellers -- this time we'll do the top 20 books sold in the past year, and top 25 overall.

Top 20 Bestsellers at Big Blue Marble in 2012:
1) The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (2013 selection for the One Book, One Philadelphia program)
2) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
4) Swamplandia by Karen Russell
5) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
6) Bill from My Father by Bernard Cooper
7) Stray Cat Blues by Hal Sirowitz (local author)
8) The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
9) Bossypants by Tina Fey (onetime local author)
10) Anatolian Days and Nights by Joy E. Stocke (local author)
11) The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
12) State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
13) Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
14) Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
15) The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
16) Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
17) Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer Holland
18) Wild by Cheryl Strayed
19) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
And tied for spot 20:
a) Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
b) Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel (not P.D. Eastman)

Top 25 Bestsellers at Big Blue Marble to Date:
1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
2) Body Trace by D.H. Dublin (local author)
3) Philadelphia Chickens by Sandra Boynton (onetime local author)
4) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
5) Good Night Philadelphia by Adam Gamble and Cooper Kelly (local setting)
6) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (local author)
7) The Daring Book for Girls by Miriam Peskowitz (local author) and Andrea Buchanan
8) The First 1000 Days by Nikki McClure
9) Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
10) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
11) Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
12) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (selected as companion book for the 2011 One Book, One Philadelphia program)
13) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
14) Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
15) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
16) The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
17) The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
18) Blood Poison by D.H. Dublin (local author)
19) Flotsam by David Wiesner (local author)
20) Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
21) The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
22) Zen Shorts by Jon Muth
23) Just Kids by Patti Smith
24) Ella Elephant Scats Like That by Andy Blackman Hurwitz (local author)
25) Green Jobs Philly by Paul Glover (local author)
Oh, all right... And tied for spot 26:
a) The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
b) Mount Airy by Elizabeth Jarvis (local author)

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