Edmonds Booktalk: Top 10 bookshop bestsellers for 2018, plus holiday gift ideas

We are starting to wrap up a great year at here at Edmonds Bookshop.  A great big “thank you!” to all of you who make a point of making us your favorite local bookstore. We are here for you. And more importantly, we are here because of you. Thank you! And we look forward to many more years of being your favorite source for books!

We always find this so interesting – what did you buy?!
The top 10 bestsellers at Edmonds Bookshop for the year 2018, [through November 25.]

  1. “Fear: Trump in the White House” by Bob Woodward
  2. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
  3. “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee
  4. “The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story” by Douglas Preston 
  5. “Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #1” by Louise Penny
  6. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles
  7. “Celine” by Peter Heller
  8. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle
  9. “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer
  10. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff

A couple of notes: Michelle Obama is on track to gain the #1 spot before the end of the year; numbers 5 – 10 are basically all tied, and switch places depending on what we sold that day. So interesting!

And perhaps an interesting place to start looking for potential gifts…?
‘Tis the season!

So many great lists. So many great books!

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2018.

Link here: www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/19/books/review/100-notable-books.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

And to make it even easier  — you can shop directly from this list and buy directly from your favorite local book store, Edmonds Bookshop!
[BUY > LOCAL BOOKSELLERS > enter 98020 under ‘Buy at Local Store’ > Search > Select ‘Edmonds Bookshop’ > begin shopping!]
Pay online and we can ship directly to you, or to a lucky recipient on your list; or pick up and pay in the store, whatever works best for you!

 PNBA Holiday Books Catalog. Shop online on our new website with the link here: edmondsbookshop.indielite.org/holiday/PNBA/holidaycatalog.html

Also on our new website are great lists from all of us here at the Bookshop, including our new Bookclub picks for the first part of next year, and the best seller lists from IndieNext – all great sources of inspiration and ideas for any lists you may need to be working on.

There is also a terrific Events calendar, edmondsbookshop.indielite.org/event, so you can stay up-to-date with all the goings on. Here’s some of what’s happening this month:

December Events at Edmonds Bookshop. 

Dec. 6, 2018. Thursday evening 5 – 8 p.m. Downtown Edmonds Merchants Association presents: Downtown Edmonds First Dibs!

Join us for an amazingly festive evening in downtown Edmonds. There will be one-night-only specials in each and every store! 

Get a head start on filling your calendar with literary events for 2019! Visit our new Events Calendar here.

Recent book releases of note: 
“A Spark of Light” by Jodi Picoult.
“Alaskan Holiday: A Novel” by Debbie Macomber.
For teen readers
  “A Map of Days: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs.
“Leonardo Da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson. Now in paperback.
For young readers  “The Trials of Apollo, Book Two: The Dark Prophecy” by Rick Riordan. In paperback.
“Killing Commendatore: A Novel” by Haruki Murakami.
“Bridge of Clay” by Markus Zusak. An unforgettable and sweeping family saga from the storyteller who gave us the extraordinary bestseller “The Book Thief.”
“The Witch Elm: A Novel” by Tana French.
“Unsheltered: A Novel” by Barbara Kingsolver. Staff recommended.
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life” by Jane Sherron de Hart.
“The Library Book” by Susan Orlean.
“The Reckoning” by John Grisham.

For middle grade readers  “The Meltdown: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13” by Jeff Kinney.
“Past Tense: A Jack Reacher Novel” by Lee Child.
“The Feral Detective: A Novel” by Jonathan Lethem.
“Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty.
“Look Alive Twenty-Five: A Stephanie Plum Novel” by Janet Evanovich.
“Becoming” by Michelle Obama. An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from Mina Lima.
“Target: Alex Cross” by James Patterson.
“Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones: A Targaryen History, A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R R Martin, Doug Wheatley (Illustrator). The first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.
“Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel” by Louise Penny. 

Books of note being released in December:

“Milkman” by Anna Burns. The winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize. Ms. Burns is the first author from Northern Ireland to win the prize. “Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique.”–The Guardian. In paperback.
For teen readers  “Queen of Air and Darkness: Dark Artifices #3” by Cassandra Clare. Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in the final novel of Clare’s bestselling trilogy.
“Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food” by Ann Hood. In this warm collection of personal essays and recipes, best-selling author Ann Hood nourishes both our bodies and our souls.
“The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors” by Charles Krauthammer. Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, this is an intimate collection of the influential columnist’s most important works.
“The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2019.”
“Gnomon” by Nick Harkaway.  A virtuosic new novel set in a near-future, high-tech surveillance state, that is equal parts dark comedy, gripping detective story, and mind-bending philosophical puzzle. In paperback.
“The Wolves of Winter” by Tyrell Johnson. This post-apocalyptic debut novel is a captivating tale of humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, of family and bonds of love forged when everything is lost, and of a heroic young woman who crosses a frozen landscape to find her destiny. In paperback.
For teen readers  “This Is Not a Love Letter” by Kim Purcell. Jessie’s boyfriend Chris, one of the only black kids in a depressed paper mill town, is popular and heading to college on a full baseball scholarship. Then he vanishes. As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit. In paperback.

As always, check our website for all the latest in book news.

Happy reading!

— By Elaine Mattson

Edmonds native Elaine Mattson has worked at The Edmonds Bookshop off and on since she was 12 years old, and has also worked at a book wholesaler, a book publisher, and for the book publishing division of a large local software company (yes, that one). “I was raised a book lover [thanks, Mom!],” Mattson says. “We got book lights by our beds as soon as we were old enough to read. And then I probably got in trouble for reading too late the very next night. And I still read too late!”


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