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.

News from The Bookstore

Start the New Year Refreshed and Relaxed

These new coloring books will do the trick in helping you keep your New Year's resolutions:

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: info@justthebookstore.com

Reading Group Night — Save the Date: March 7

We're planning our annual Reading Group Night, when we discuss books that are ideal for group discussions. The date is set for Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m.Watch the February newsletter for details. Or if you can't wait, RSVP today by calling us at 630-469-2891. Or email us at info@justthebookstore.com

Upcoming Author Appearances

  • Laurena Aker will sign copies of Fan Phenomena: The Twilight Saga at 1 p.m. Feb. 4.
  • Fred Minnick will discuss Whiskey and Words at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. He'll also sign copies of his books The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of American Whiskey and Whiskey Woman. RSVP $35 at the library.
  • In celebration of Black History Month, local author Glennette Tilley Turner will sign copies of her children's book An Apple For Harriet Tubman at 1 p.m. Feb. 11. 
  • For writers seeking information about editing, common mistakes in manuscripts, and what makes a book "good," we'll host "An Evening with an Editor" with Kaylynn Hills at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. RSVP. 
  • Alexandra Georgas will sign copies of her book Mom & Me: My Journey with Mom's Schizophrenia at 1 p.m. Feb. 18. 
  • J. Girard Jr. will sign copies of his book What It Takes at 1 p.m. Feb. 18.
  • Raymond Benson will discuss the James Bond Phenomenon and sign copies of his books including The Black Stiletto at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. RSVP.

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

► January Staff Picks: Jane chose "Moonglow"

► Januaray Book Club Picks such as is "A Man Called Ove."

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

Books Heard on NPRGlass Universe, Selection Day, History of Wolves, and Difficult Women 

► Book Extras: This month we're featuring Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White. Here's the publisher's book trailer.

► 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:

In honor of the new PBS series "Victoria," our trivia quiz is about the 19th century monarch. If you're interested in reading more about her, we have two books about her life Victoria and Victoria: The Queen - An Intimate Biography.

What was Queen Victoria's given name? What joke is centered around her husband's name?

► 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

Inferno   A monster calls     

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


Patricia Hruby Powell book signing

Patricia Hruby Powell will be signing copies of her children's books: Josephine, the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, a picture book biography, and Loving vs. Virginia, a Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case, her latest book which was named to the Kids Indie Next List. The Bookstore will be supporting Patricia's book signing at 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Plainfield Public Library. We'll also have copies in the store.