November Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of November:

1.  The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

2.  Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

3.  100 Things Arizona Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Steve Rivera

4.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

5.  The Boys in the Boat by James Daniel Brown

6.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth

7.  Doctor Who:  11 Stories, 11 Doctors by Eoin Colfer and others

8.  Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

9.  Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman

10.  Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


Wow! Veronica Roth takes us on an incredible roller coaster of ride in Insurgent, book two in the Divergent series.  Tris should be celebrating with her faction after making it through the initiations, but instead she is trying to overcome the tremendous amount of grief and guilt she has after the terrible Abnegation genocide. A war has been building and Erudite has forced everyone’s hand to decide which side they are fighting for and frankly Tris isn’t sure if either side is right. All that she knows is that she must uncover what her parents were desperately trying to hide, so much so that they gave their lives to protect the secret.

This book was non-stop action and so hard to put down. Divergent did a great job of introducing the characters and how their world is, but Insurgent takes you so much further into the politics and different factions.  Roth did an amazing job of drawing you right in to this dystopian world from the very first sentence, and yes, you will be running out to get book three, Allegiant.  Roth makes complex characters that are so engaging and they leave you wanting to know more.  Tris is very much a reluctant hero who genuinely wants to do what is best for everyone; how can you not cheer that on?  I really liked that she makes hard decisions not because it will win her popularity but because it is the right thing to do.  In fact, often her decisions make her friends very upset.  It was refreshing to see her and Four struggle to keep their relationship together.  It felt very realistic in that their opinions often differed, especially in a world that is slowly crumbling in on itself.  I really liked Divergent, but I loved Insurgent. It was unique, well written, and suspenseful.

June’s Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the end of June:

1.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Paperback)

2.  The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Hardback)

3.  Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (Hardback)

4.  Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (Hardback)

5. Any Other Name by Craig Johnson (Hardback)

6.  Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman (Paperback)

7.  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Paperback)

8.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Hardback)

9.  Spirit Animals:  Fire and Ice by Shannon Hale (Hardback)

10.  Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich (Hardback)


April’s Bestsellers

Here are the bestsellers for the beginning of April:

1.  Divergent by Veronica Roth (hardback)

2.  Game of Thrones by George R R Martin (mass paperback)

3.  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (hardback)

4.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (trade paperback)

5.  Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman (hardback)

6.  Under the Wide and Starry Night by Nancy Horan (hardback)

7.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth (hardback)

8.  A Dance with Dragons by George R R Martin (mass paperback)

9.  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (mass paperback)

10.  Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (trade paperback)

March Bestsellers

Here are a our bestsellers for the end of March:

1.  The Giver by Lois Lowry

2.  Divergent by Veronica Roth

3.  Creature Teacher:  Final Exam by R. L. Stine

4.  Under the Wide and Starry Night by Nancy Horan (autographed copies available)

5.  Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

6.  Stone Cold by C. J. Box

7.  Moving Target by J. A. Jance (autographed copies available)

8.  Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson

9.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth

10.  Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

Please call or visit the store if you are interested in an autographed copy.


Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent is an incredible dystopian story about Tris’s (Beatrice), self discovery and the true meaning of courage.  The future version of Chicago that Tris has been living in has been peaceful for years.  Her society has divided up into five faction to ensure that everyone lives peacefully.  The factions are: Candor (honesty is the only way), Abnegation (always being selfless), Dauntless (putting bravery before everything), Amity (living peacefully at all times), and Erudite (continually seeking knowledge).  Tris was born into the Abnegation faction of her society.  This means that she puts selflessness above everything.  However, it has never been an easy task for Tris and at her Choosing ceremony she has to decide if she is Abnegation or Dauntless.  This one decision alters the course of her life and  perhaps her entire society’s philosophies and well being.

This book is great!  I was slightly concerned in the beginning of the book because it was a little slow moving as we learned about the different factions and met Tris.  However, this quickly changed once she chose a faction.  I loved how Roth developed her characters through the book.  Tris started out so meek and unsure of herself and grew into a force to be reckoned with.  Not only did she become strong physically but her beliefs of right and wrong became clearer to her even as things grew more complicated.  I also loved the drama that comes with the question, does the cute boy hate me or like me?  This is such a universal question, whether it be in a contemporary fiction, fantasy, or dystopian novel no one ever seems to know who likes who.  Okay, we knew Four liked Tris, but it was fun to watch it play out anyway.  I am really excited to see what happens in Insurgent.  The ending of Divergent got really crazy really fast and I am sure Insurgent is going to dive right into the action.  This is a must read for any YA enthusiast.

September Bestsellers

Here are a few bestsellers for the week:

1  Second Watch by J A  Jance

2  Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

3  Still Life by Louise Penny

4  After the Fire by J A  Jance

5  A Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

6  Insurgent  by Veronica Roth

7  Still Fool’ ‘em by Billy Crystal

8  Island of Fire by Lisa McMann

9  A Feast of Crows by George RR Martin

10  Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy

We will be having J A  Jance in the store for a  book signing and talk on September 27th at 7 PM.  She will be talking about her latest novel Second Watch with a signing to follow.

May Bestsellers

Here are our end of May bestsellers:

 1  Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

2  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

3  Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

4  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

5  In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

6  Insurgent by Veronica Roth

7  Fifty Shades Darker by E L James

8  Prague Winter by Madeline Albright

9  Total Memory Makeover by Marilu Henner

10  Bringing up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

New Releases

Here are a few new releases:

Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (This is the latest novel featuring Sookie Stackhouse)

Serpents Shadow:  The Kane Chronicles Book 3 by Rick Riordan (The latest in the Kane Chronicles)

Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Book 2 in the Divergent Trilogy)

In the Garden of Beasts:  Love, Terror, and American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson (finally in paperback!)