Comparing what’s popular and in-demand in the Northwest with national bestsellers can be an interesting look into local readers’ preferences. Each week, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association shares the bestselling titles from independent bookstores in our area. Compare that list with the national bestseller lists from New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today and you’ll see some overlap — and quite a bit of difference.
Here are the top 15 hardcover fiction titles in the Pacific Northwest from last week:
Eight titles will be joining our Peak Picks collection of most in-demand titles this month including a twisty thriller, a pair of dystopian novels and an Homeric odyssey round out the fiction picks. A genealogical mystery, a memoir about the working poor and a history of Indian America from Wounded Knee to Standing Rock complete the nonfiction picks.
We usually start these Library Reads monthly posts by saying “10 books librarians across the U.S. love …” But for October — you, dear readers, get 11 new books because there’s a bonus “Hall of Fame Author” included this month. AND four of these titles — from Tana French, Barbara Kingsolver, Susan Orlean, Jodi Picoult — will be in our October Peak Picks collections at all our branches. (Peak Picks = No holds, no wait. Look for the display at your favorite branch!)
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory: A disastrous public wedding proposal results in a chance meeting between Nik and Carlos. What follows is a delightfully humorous and sweet story about two people falling for each other while remaining seemingly unaware of their blossoming romance. The book sets itself apart by portraying a self-aware, feminist woman who enjoys positive relationships with female friends. An engaging and upbeat multicultural romance. ~ LaNiesha Bowles, Boston Public Library, Boston, MAContinue reading “Library Reads: New books for October!”