K.M. Daughters, a romance author duo, will sign copies of their new book "Fill the Stadium" at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27.
Our Favorites in 2015
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.
- "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee
- "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
- "Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kando
- "Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins
- "Archie in the Crosshairs" by Robert Goldsborough
- "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion
- "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown
- "The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough
- "Ava the Monster Slayer" by Lisa Maggiore and Ross Felton
- "Dead Wake" by Erik Larson
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.
- Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
- A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
- The Nightingale by Hannah
- The Road to Character by David Brooks
- Strangers Drowning by Larissa MacFarquhar
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Click to see all of Jane's favorites in 2015.
- All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
- Galapagos Regained by James Morrow
- Days of Awe by Lauren Fox
- H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald
- The Unfortunates by Sophie McManus
- The Fishermen by Chicozie Obioma
- The Mathematician's Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer
- A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell
- The Harder They Come by TC Boyle
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- The Nakeds by Lisa Glatt
Click to see all of Jenny's favorites in 2015.
- Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam
- Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- After You by JoJo Moyes
- Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert
- The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert
- Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
- Good Grief by Ellen Stimson
- The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
- Find the Good by Heather Lende
- Black River by S.M. Hulse
- The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
- Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Graff
- Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan
- The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
- Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
- Outline by Rachel Cusk
- Sweetland by Michael Crummey
- Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
Teen Staffers' Favorites
Our teen staffers looked back on what the read in 2015 and shared their favorites.
- Anthony - Thing Explainer
- Nathan - Mistborn
- Claire - Catcher in the Rye
- Grace - Cuckoo's Calling
- Elizabeth - Go Set a Watchman
- Will - It's Kind of a Funny Story
- Paige - Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine
- Chloe - The Shining
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.
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 List: What booksellers nationwide are talking about.
► The Indie Bestseller List: Based on last week's sales at independent bookstores nationwide
Join us for our drop-in story time on Wednesday mornings in June at 10:30 with fun new books and favorite children’s stories. No registration is required; parents and caregivers must remain in the store during storytime.
Kids, join us for drop-in story time on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 with fun new books and favorite children’s stories. No registration is required; parents and caregivers must remain in the store during 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