I was looking at Amazon.com’s bestseller list this evening (their’s is updated hourly) and finding it interesting to see what Amazon buyers are buying this first day of December 2011.  I thought it might also be interested to look at the websites of a few other booksellers and see how their bestseller lists compare to each other.

     On Amazon.com, the Top 10 Bestselling Books, at the 8:00 pm hour (my Eastern Standard Time), was lead by Jeff Kinney’s newest book, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever”.  #2 is “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, #3 is “The LEGO Ideas Book” by Daniel Lipkowitz, #4 is “Inheritance” by Christopher Paolini, and the top five is rounded out with “Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.  #6 is a book that I have set aside as the next book I will read.  It is “11/22/63: A Novel” by the always prolific Stephen King.  The reviews I have read on this book have been good.  #7 is “The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set” by Suzanne Collins and #8 is one of the individual titles in the trilogy, “The Hunger Games”.  #9 on Amazon’s list is “Being George Washington: The Indispensible Man, as You’ve Never Seen Him” by Glenn Beck.  And the tenth best seller at this hour was a surprise to me.  It is “Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods and Heroes Pop-Up” by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda.

     I jumped over to BN.com, which is Barnes and Noble’s online store.  Their list is also updated hourly.  Leading their list is “The Elf on the Shelf” which is actually a boxed set with a book and a toy elf that likes to snoop around homes making sure kids are being good during the Christmas season.  “The Elf on the Shelf” is a creation of Carol V. Aebersold.  #2 at BN.com is Jeff Kinney’s latest Wimpy Kid book, “Cabin Fever” and #3 is “The LEGO Ideas Book”.  Another LEGOs book is at #4.  It is “LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia”.  “If You Give a Dog a Donut” by Laura Numeroff is the #5 bestseller and Paolini’s “Inheritance” is #6.  The “Steve Jobs” biography by Isaacson comes in at #7, followed by “The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus Series #2)” by Rick Riordan at #8, and then Stephen King’s “11/22/63: A Novel” at #9.  BN.com’s #10 bestseller is Shel Silverstein’s “Everything on It”.

     I checked the bestseller lists of three other general booksellers that I am familiar with and found a huge variety of titles on their lists.  Powells.com, a bookseller with several stores in the Portland, Oregon area and with an online store,  has the book “Super Natural Every Day:  Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen” by Heidi Swanson as their #1 bestseller.  “Wildwood” by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis is at #2, followed by “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese at #3.  Some titles on their list that I did not find on the other lists were “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot (#6), ”The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht (#7), “Go the F**k to Sleep” by Adam Mansbach (#9), and “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” by Charles Mann (#10). 

     The Strand, a gigantic bookstore in New York City, had several titles that were not on other lists I reviewed.  Their #1 is “1Q84″ by Haruki Murakami.  “Blue Nights” a new book from Joan Didion is at #2, Suzanne Collins’ “Catching Fire” at #3, and “Everything Matters” by Ron Currie, Jr. at #5.  “Just Kids” by Patti Smith came in at #6, “Lucky Peach Issue 2″ by David Chang is #7, and another Suzanne Collins book, “Mockingjay” is at #8.  Ernest Hemingway hits the bestseller list at The Strand with his book “Moveable Feast” at #9 and then another Joan Didion title, “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” rounds out the list as the #10 bestseller.

    Malaprops, a large bookstore in Asheville, NC, was another website I looked at.  To my knowledge Malaprops is not a major online seller, but did have their store’s bestseller list on their website.  None of the books on Malaprops list showed up on any of the other lists that I reviewed.  #1 is “Nightwoods” by Charles Frazier, an author from North Carolina.  The author Silas House has four titles on Malaprops list.  “Eli, the Good” is #2, “Clay’s Quilt” is #5, “A Parchment of Leaves” is #6, and “The Coal Tattoo” is #7.   “Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of a P.I. in Southern Appalachia” by Brian Lee Knopp is at #3 at Malaprops, “Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom” is at #4, “Under the Mercy Trees” by Heather Newton is #8, and “Mudbound” by Hillary Jordan is at #9.  The current #10 bestseller at Malaprops is “That is All” by John Hodgman.

     Finally, I took a look at the bestseller list of LifeWay.com.  LifeWay is a Christian bookseller and I thought it would be interesting to see what they are selling during the Christian Christmas holiday season.   One of the most famous Christian preachers and authors leads their list, with Billy Graham’s latest book, “Nearing Home: Thoughts on Life, Faith, and Finishing Well”.  #2 is “Heaven is for Real, Kids Edition” by Colton Burpo and Sonja Burpo, followed by “Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids” by Tama Fortner and Sarah Young at #3.  “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman is #4, with “Longing” by popular Christian fiction writer Karen Kingsbury is at #5.  Two books that seem to go together are at #6 and #7.  “The Resolution for Men” by Randy Alcorn and Alex Kendrick is the #6 bestseller, followed by “The Resolution for Women” by Priscilla Shirer and Alex Kendrick at #7.  “A Call to Courageous Living Booklet” is LifeWay’s #8 bestseller and “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream” by David Platt is at #9.  LifeWay’s list is rounded out with a fun looking novel, “Christmas at Harrington’s” by Melody Carlson at #10.

     It is fun to see the variety of books that are selling as the Christmas selling season is well underway now.  I hope lots of shoppers find their way into bookstores and onto bookselling websites as they look for that special gift for a special person this Christmas!

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