News from The Bookstore

RSVP for Reading Group Night Tuesday

Join us this Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. for our annual Reading Group Night. This popular event invites book club members or those just interested in books to a lively conversation about the best books to read in 2017. We also include some discussion guides to keep the conversation rolling when you gather with your book club. RSVP today by calling us at 630-469-2891. Or email us at

The Great Bookstore Window Caper

You might have noticed the boarded-up windows at our store. Don't worry ... everything is OK. Or is it? 

Our customers overwhelmed us with their responses to our request for stories about what happened to our windows. We want to thank all of you who participated with such creativity. Click here for those stories.

Since we had so many entries that were so clever, we drew four names randomly. Each person will receive a free paperback book of his or her choice. Those folks are: Wally Ottenhoff, Charlie Clifford, Audrey Coe, and Analese.

FYI: The construction continues on our storefront this month but soon we'll have more energy-efficient windows, better for keeping out the The Crumple-Horned Snorkack.

Honoring Women's History Month

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Author Appearances

  • BRIDGET GERAGHTY will sign copies of her children's book Molly Bell and the Wishing Well at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Molly Bell is an 11-year old girl who used to be a whimsical, sporty type of a child, now turned upside down by the untimely death of her mother. Her father is getting remarried to a high-maintenance beauty with an annoying six-year old son. Molly can't find anything good about her new circumstances until her Aunt Joan tells her about the wishing well at Molly's grandparents' farm. 
  • BOB GOLDSBOROUGH will sign copies of his latest Nero Wolfe mystery: Murder, Stage Left. He will be at The Bookstore from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18. His newest release received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly, calling it "superior" and also said "even die-hard Rex Stout fans will have a hard time distinguishing Goldsborough's prose and plotting from the originals."  Bob is such a Bookstore fan favorite, that we're asking you call the store to reserve a copy of the book for the signing.

Attention: Book Clubs 

Send us your lists! Has your group decided on titles for the new year? Let us know so we can have them in stock when you need one. If your book club tends to decide on titles month by month, just include us in your group email. We have a new email address:

The Bookstore Gives Back

The Bookstore staff is proud to serve our community. We contribute in a variety of ways:  donations, volunteering and in-kind exchanges. Last month, we supported the following organizations: Family Shelter Service, Arbor View School, Benjamin Franklin School, Montini High School, and the District 41 Musical Education Foundation. Good luck in your endeavors!

Our Local Author Policy Updates

So you've written a book, gotten it published, and of course you want to share it with the world! Here's how The Bookstore can help. See our updated Local Author Policy.

What We're Talking About This Month

► March Staff Picks: Renee chose "A Piece of the World."

March Book Club Picks including our book club's pick "Our Souls at Night."

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

Books Heard on NPROrphan’s Tale; Lincoln in the Bardo; My Favorite Thing is Monsters; Autumn; 4 3 2 1

► 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

 Before I fall  The Shack  Zookeepers wife      

We have the books the pair with your favorite movies and television shows. Read them before you see them. 


Our Favorites in 2016

The Bookstore's Top 10 Bestsellers in 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child A Man Called Ove Stop the PressesPhysicians untold storiesNightingale

You've seen the lists from New York and Chicago, but what were the Top 10 Bestsellers in Glen Ellyn? We compiled a list of our customers' favorites and you'll be tickled by the selections, including several from local authors. 

Here is the list of The Bookstore's Top 10 Bestsellers in 2016.

  1. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" by JK Rowling
  2. "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman
  3. "Stop The Presses!" by Robert Goldsborough
  4. "Physicians’ Untold Stories" by Dr. Scott J. Kolbaba
  5. "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
  6. "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow
  7. "Spice Companion" by Lev Sercarz
  8. "Swans of Fifth Avenue" by Melanie Benjamin
  9. "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry" by Fredrik Backman
  10. "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger

Alexander HamiltonSpice companionSwans of Fifth Avenuemy grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorryOrdinary Grace

For more list mania, see below for our staffers' individual favorites from 2016. Jane, Jenny, Renee and Sue looked back on what they read in 2016 and selected 5 or 10 of their favorites. Click the links below to see their full lists, or stop by the store to learn more about their favorites reads in 2016.

Jane's Favorites

Last Days of Night


Click to see all of Jane's favorites in 2016.

Jenny's Favorites

The Orenda The tsar of love and techno

Click to see all of Jenny's favorites in 2016.

Renee's Favorites

Lab GirlChicago

Click to see all of Renee's favorites in 2016.

Sue's Favorites

News of the World

Gentleman in Moscow

Click to see all of Sue's favorites in 2016.

Bob Goldsborough Book Signing

A Bookstore favorite, Bob Goldsborough will sign copies of his latest Nero Wolfe mystery: "Murder, Stage Left." He will be at The Bookstore from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

His newest release received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, calling it “superior” and also said “even die-hard Rex Stout fans will have a hard time distinguishing Goldsborough’s prose and plotting from the originals.”