Our Favorites in 2015

The Bookstore's Top 10 Bestsellers in 2015

Go Set a WatchmanAll the Light We Cannot See The Life Changing Magic of Tidying UpThe Girl on the TrainArchie in the Crosshairs

What were the bestsellers at the Bookstore in 2015? Our customers decidedly walk their own paths when it comes to choosing what they like to read. It's never been more apparent as you review our list of the top 10 best-selling books in 2015 at The Bookstore. We're especially proud to note that two local authors made the list.

Here is the list of The Bookstore's Top 10 Bestsellers in 2015.

  1. "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee
  2. "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
  3. "Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kando
  4. "Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins
  5. "Archie in the Crosshairs" by Robert Goldsborough
  6. "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion
  7. "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown
  8. "The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough
  9. "Ava the Monster Slayer" by Lisa Maggiore and Ross Felton
  10. "Dead Wake" by Erik Larson

Boys in the BoatThe Wright BrothersAva the Monster Slayer

In fact, we have a little list mania happening this month. Below, you'll see the "Best of" lists from our staffers Jane, Jenny, Renee and Sue as well as our teen staffers. Not all the books were published in 2015, and these are not listed in any particular order of appreciation. 

Stop by the store and share your "best of 2015" thoughts with us.

Circling the Sun

A Spool of Blue ThreadThe NightingaleThe Road to Character 

Jane's Favorites

Click to see all of Jane's favorites in 2015.

Galapagos RegainedH is for Hawk The FishermenAll My Puny Sorrows

Jenny's Favorites

Click to see all of Jenny's favorites in 2015.

Picnic in ProvenceBig MagicAfter You

Renee's Favorites

Click to see all of Renee's favorites in 2015.

Black River

The Book of AronFates and FuriesOur Souls at Night

Sue's Favorites

Click to see all of Sue's favorites in 2015.

Teen Staffers' Favorites

Our teen staffers looked back on what the read in 2015 and shared their favorites. 

February News at The Bookstore

Don't Miss Book Group Night - Feb. 23

The annual event we LOVE most, Book Club Night, will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Join The Bookstore staff for a review of the must-read titles of 2015-16 that are guaranteed to ignite discussions in your reading group.Above is a sneak peek at titles from the Reading Group Choices Guide for 2016, available to attendees that evening.

Please let us know if you plan to attend. RSVP so that we have enough snacks and book swag. Call us at 630-469-2891 or just email us. Here's the complete list from last year's Book Club Night.

Need a book club?

We've had some requests for a Bookstore-based book club. If you are interested or know someone who is looking to join a book club, give us a call or email.

The Swans of Fifth AvenueSilly Wonderful YouStop the Presses!

Local Author New Releases

Watch your email for appearances by some of our favorite authors. In 2016, Melanie Benjamin (Swans of Fifth Avenue) will visit on March 8, and Bob Goldsborough (Stop the Presses!) will be in the store on March 19. We're still checking schedules with Sherri Duskey Rinker (Silly Wonderful You).

New Fiction, Coloring Books, Winter Cookbooks

We're looking forward to some of the new fiction January releases that will be perfect to cozy up with by Ed Tarkington, Elizabeth Strout, Helen Ellis and Bill Bryson.

Did you get your adult coloring book during the holidays? We have restocked coloring books and even have a new selection of colored pencils - come in and see what's new!

And we have some wintry cookbooks to inspire your January nourishment.

Stop in The Bookstore to see our new displays.

Vote for Your Favorite Indie Bookstore

"To spread love and appreciation for all that booksellers do," the publisher Sourcebooks is asking book lovers everywhere to vote for their favorite independent bookstore!

At the end of the sweepstakes, the bookstore with the most votes will receive a $3,000 grant that will help them continue to make an impact in their community. And to sweeten the deal, Sourcebooks will select one voter every week and award them with a $50 gift card.

Click here to go to Sourcebook's website and vote. Voting is open through Friday, Feb. 19.

FYI: it requires you to Tweet your entry and paste the Twitter URL in order for your entry to be counted. (Don't forget to follow us on Twitter at @justbookstore.)


Caught Reading at The Bookstore

Look who was caught reading recently at The Bookstore.



Thank you to Sherri Duskey Rinker, Melanie Benjamin and Bob Goldsborough for being our Guest Booksellers on Small Business Saturday.  

What We're Talking About This Month

► January Staff Picks 

► January Book Club Picks

► Books Now in Paperback: We recommend these for book clubs.

► Book Extras: Learn how to fold underwear (seriously!) in this YouTube video for the book Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

► Book Club Kit: Publisher Penguin Books is offering a kit for book clubs to discuss Ana of California, a contemporary story inspired by Anne of Green Gables. The kit comes complete with recipes for raspberry cordial, currant wine and hibiscus sangria.

Bookstore Brain Teaser: Receive 20% off your next in-store purchase if you can answer this trivia question:

Which beloved children's Christmas story is celebrating its 20th anniversary? (Hint: It's among Jane's Holiday Picks.)

► The Indie Next ListWhat booksellers nationwide are talking about.

► The Indie Bestseller List: Based on last week's sales at independent bookstores nationwide

Coming Attractions

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenAllegiantThe Big Short

Movies and television shows are based on popular books. Read them before you see them. 


Drop-in Storytime

Get out of the house with your toddler or preschooler and join us for a Drop-In Storytime at The Bookstore.

Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., we'll read new and favorite children's stories. No registration is required