At the end of each year, I always look for a decent top ten bestselling books list. Some lists just make me shake my head. Obviously, the list maker was not a reader. Or, possibly the list maker had an agenda. This year, the list comes from Barnes and Noble and they had the good sense to just list the ones that really did well. I'm so pleased that two YA books made it.
Two years ago, I'd read 8 of the 10. Last year, I'd only managed 2. This year, I must have been busy. I didn't read any.
So, here they are:
1. Inferno by Dan Brown
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
3. Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
6. The House of Hades by Rick Riorden
7. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
9. Looking for Alaska by John Green
10. Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly
I may not have read any of them, but I did take my eight year old to the public library to hear Jeff Kinney speak. I own Diary of a Wimpy Kid, too, but it's above my son's reading level, (we started it) so we're waiting to read it. I'm pretty sure I have a Rick Riorden waiting, too. See, I read aloud to my son each evening, and these books appeal to me.
I remember the Great Gatsby from college. My memory of it was SKIM, mostly because as a coed reading wasn't my favorite thing to do (probably the only time of my life that was true). Maybe I should try it again.
I meant to get Gone Girl, Proof of Heaven, and Killing Kennedy. I have gift cards, so maybe I will.
I'm amazed that there are two books by John Green, and I've never heard of them or him. So, obviously he bears attention. The one that sounds most like me would be Looking for Alaska.
I read Dan Brown's first blockbuster. It didn't make me run to buy his next. But, he's number one. So, what do you think? Should I read it? I really want to know.
So, did you read any of the top ten? And which ones appeal to you?
Happy New Year!
Pamela Tracy's next Heartwarming is What Janie Saw is a May 2014 release. Her August 2013 Katie's Rescue is still available.