Tuesday Thingers: Popular this month

This week’s Tuesday Thingers question from the Boston Bibliophile:

“Popular this month on LT: Do you look at this list?
Do you get ideas on what to read from it?
Have you read any of the books on the list right now?
Feel free to link to any reviews you’ve done as well.”

I do check out the list! I’m not usually too up on the “current” hot books, just because I find it difficult to scrounge up the dough needed for the hardcovers, but I do pick up some of the popular books after reading lots of great reviews of them online. I love to know what other people are reading, so I do check out the list and take that into consideration when investing in books.

Here’s the list of the top 10 most popular books on LibraryThing at the moment:

1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
3. Nation by Terry Pratchett
4. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
5. Anathem by Neal Stephenson
6. American Wife: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
8. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski
9. Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland
10. Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

Of the ten, the only one I’ve read is Meyer’s Eclipse — one of my favorites in the series! I have Guernsey Literary . . . on my Christmas list. Everyone seems to be raving about it. I showed it to my sister at Borders the other day — hopefully she’ll take my recommendation to heart. Otherwise I’ll be dashing out myself to grab it after the holidays!

Best-selling books of the last 15 years

I absolutely love lists! S. Krishna posted about USA TODAY’S top 150 best-selling books of the last 15 years, so I had to go through them and figure out how many I’ve read — of course! I’ve bolded everything I’ve checked out. That would be 33. Thirty three out of 150? I guess that’s all right. Check out the original article here!

I’m surprised to see so many “recent” books on the list: The Shack, The Last Lecture, Breaking Dawn, Eldest . . . not that they’re not all worthy of making the best-selling list! Not too many surprises on there, especially with Harry Potter dominating most of the top positions. Many of the titles are weight/nutrition guides, too, which makes sense. Working at the bookstore, I would only go a few hours without someone asking me for a weight loss guide . . . and definitely had enough of them.

And now, without further ado:

USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books List Top 150 books
of the last 15 years

(Oct. 28, 1993 through Oct. 23, 2008)

Rank, Title, Author

1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

2 Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution — Robert C. Atkins

3 The Da Vinci Code — Dan Brown

4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

8 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

9 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre

10 Who Moved My Cheese? — Spencer Johnson

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more ‘Breaking Dawn’ mayhem

So it was an awesome but crazy busy weekend, and now I’m struggling to keep my eyes open at my desk. Despite the fact that I’m on my second Diet Pepsi and it’s only 11 a.m., sleep is about all I want right now. And I have six more hours to go!

Ah, cubicle life. Well, I can’t really call it cubicle life — technically I have my own office. But there are three doors that lead into said office, so it’s not exactly private. All the same, that’s probably a good thing. Then the temptation to nap would be far too strong.

So Friday night was the “Breaking Dawn” event at work, and I thought things went extremely well. I made it home from job No. 1 with plenty of time to change, fix my make-up and generally get into the spirit of the evening (complete with sparkly silver hat). I haven’t had a chance to upload any of my pictures yet, but they’re on the way.

We had a great turn out for the event — I would say around 400 people — and all of my events turned out to be really fun. Christina and I came up with a few spur-of-the-moment ideas on judging the costume contest, making a wedding dress for Bella, etc. Overall, we were much more prepared this go ’round after successfully completing the “Harry Potter” book release last summer, and I think all of that preparation went a long way. Our activities were cool and all the attendees seemed to have a good time! I did, too. And, of course, I got my book at the end of the night!

So far I’m on page 600-ish, and the story is rapidly moving along. I absolutely love Stephenie Meyer, but she does have a way of building up a bit of suspense only to have all of the action unfold in the last fourth of the book. “Breaking Dawn” certainly hasn’t been dull, though. Thus far, I’m far from disappointed! All the romance, action and (cough) interaction I’d been hoping for definitely came to fruition. I was up until 12:30 a.m. last night after job No. 2 trying to finish the book, but I fell asleep in the living room with that heavy thing on my chest. Thankfully I’m only working at the office today, so I should be able to get it all read by the end of the night.

And — now playing on a continuous loop in the store on our HDTV — a “Twilight” movie sneak preview!

can\'t wait to see this!

can't wait to see this!

I’ve found myself dawdling over there while carrying a stack of books, staring off into space and reciting the lines to myself. I definitely feel like I’m 12 again. And, to add to all my excitement and craziness, Christina surprised me with a belated birthday present — a “Twilight” T-shirt! So we’re wearing them to the movie, haha. And, yes, the movie doesn’t come out for four months… but that’s of no consequence to me. I’ve waited much, much longer for things (like Becoming Jane on DVD).

Okay, back to work… and more Diet Pepsi.

the wait is almost over!

So tonight is the release of Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final book in Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling Twilight series. I, like many young (and not-so-young) people all around the world, am eagerly awaiting the moment when that shiny black cover will be placed firmly in hands at just after midnight. But the only catch is, being the bookselling extraordinaire that I am, I’ll actually be selling them tonight.

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn

Much like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which made its debut last July, I’ll be working at my neighborhood store offering trivia, buttons and stickers to the masses. And we’ll be selling those babies at 12:01 a.m. tonight. Our “Night with Bite” is going to be out of control!

These are the moments I live for at my part-time job — and I know precisely why. It’s the only bit of theatrical craziness I still get to experience, blocking out my typical-to-mind-numbing 9 to 5 job. This is my “fun” job. Don’t get me wrong, I love both of my jobs, but working at the bookstore on “event nights” allows me to relive a bit of the drama (the stage kind) that I once lived for. I was certainly the Thespian in high school.

So I’m sure I’ll have plenty of pics to come… after I manage to get some sleep tonight. We get off work around 2 a.m., and then I’ll be up late reading. Of course!