USA Today Bestsellers, 10/23

For some reason, the new USA Today bestseller list did not get posted until today, which is why we’re a day behind in noting the new titles to the list. In the meantime, the NYT list for the Nov 2nd issue (list dated 10/24, with sales through 10/11) is now available, so we’ll look at all of them at once.

Two more titles in Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series; All Together Dead and Definitely Dead join the three titles already on both lists. Could this be a case of the books doing better than the TV series (HBO’s True Blood)?

No surprise, The Tale of Despereaux reappears on the USA Today list. As our EarlyWord contributor, Lisa Von Drasek points out, there are reasons to expect it to continue to climb list. The movie is coming at Christmas time and it was just selected for “Al’s Book Club” on the Today Show.

My favorite discovery from the lists is ABC-3D, which is #1 on the NYT Childrens Picture Book list. Below is a photo of the book, but to get a real sense of it, you must watch the video; pop-ups have just reached a new level. Only a handful of libraries seem to own it.


Marion Bataille

  • Hardcover: $19.95; 36 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; Pop edition (October 14, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1596434252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596434257

New to the USA Today list (dated 10/24, sales through 10/19)

Titles in bold are either owned in small quantities, or are showing particularly heavy holds to copy ratios in the libraries I checked.

#8 The Brass Verdict, Michael Connelly,  Little, Brown — #1 on NYT Fiction list

#16 A Lion Among Men, Gregory Maguire,  William Morrow — #4 on NYT Fiction list

#22 Here’s the Story, Maureen McCormick,  William Morrow — #4 on NYT Nonfiction list

#31 Multiple Blessings, Jon and Kate Gosselin, Beth Carson, Zondervan #5 on NYT Nonfiction list – Some areas are showing over 20 holds per copy

#33 Love Your Life, Victoria Osteen, Free Press — #2 #4 on NYT Hardcover Advice list

#63 A Wallflower Christmas, Lisa Kleypas, St. Martin’s Press — #9 on NYT Fiction list

#84 The Fire, Katherine Neville, Ballantine — #12 on NYT Fiction list

#90 Welcome to the Jungle: The Dresden Files, Jim Butcher, Ardian Syaf, Del Rey/Dabel Brothers; Several libraries do not own

#96 Twilight: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companion, Mark Cotta Vaz,  Little, Brown Young Readers– #2 on NYT Paperback Advice list

#102 Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Seth Godin, Portfolio

#122 A Member of the Family, Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier, Harmony

#127 All Together Dead, Charlaine Harris, Ace (Pbk)

#129 The Hero of Ages, Brandon Sanderson, Tor Books

#132 Paper Towns, John Green, Dutton Children’s — #9 on NYT Childrens Chapter Books list

#136 Definitely Dead, Charlaine Harris, Ace (Pbk)

#139 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread, Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick (Re-entry; Pbk)

Unique NYT debuts

#14 Nonfiction — The Shadow Factory,  James Bamford

#13 Trade Paper — The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga, Free Press; The new Man Booker winner; holds running ten to one in some areas.

#9 Hardcover Advice — Mother Angelica’s Private and Pithy Lessons from the Scriptures, edited by Raymond Arroyo, Doubleday

#1 Childrens Picture Books — ABC-3D, Marion Bataille, Roaring Brook; Several libraries do not own it. The Washington Post says this book “does for paper what Claymation did for mud.” Check out the video demonstrating the book on the Roaring Press Web site. It’s also been a hit on YouTube.

#5 Childrens Picture Books — Swing! Rufus Butler Seder, Workman; Several libraries don’t own this one, although many have the earlier title, Gallop!

#10 Childrens Picture Books — Pete and Pickles, Berkeley Breathed, Philomel

#9 Childrens Chapter Books — The Kingdom on the Waves, M.T. Anderson, Candlewick

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