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On the Bookshelf: The Year in Review

By Katie Capaldi, Between the Covers

And so we find ourselves at the close of another year. As it goes in the universe of books, 2013 saw surprises in awards ceremonies; marked the passing of some of our most beloved writers and illustrators; continued to pit independent, bricks-and-mortar stores against the big guys; and ushered in some exciting and promising new voices in the publishing realm.

As a brief recap of the year in the life of Between the Covers, you will find here, a list of our top 20 bestsellers for the year, as well as the ten more that have quickly gained momentum in just the past several weeks. These lists may not echo the trends of the many national bestseller lists, but I think it does a far better job of reflecting a slice of the reading population here in Northern Michigan.

Wishing all of our customers, supporters, and Harbor Light readers from afar, health and happiness in the New Year.

2013 Bestsellers at Between the Covers

  1. Tastes & Tales Along the Tunnel of Trees (in support of RFC Fire & Rescue, $35.00)
  2. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin's Griffin, $18.99)
  3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books, $10.99)
  4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (Dutton, $17.99)
  5. The Silent Wife, by A.S.A. Harrison (Penguin, $16.00)
  6. Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter (Harper Perennial, $15.99)
  7. The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton (Washington Square Press, $16.00)
  8. Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm, by Mardi Jo Link (Knopf, $24.95)
  9. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain (Broadway, $16.00)
  10. Tell the Wolves I'm Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt (Dial Press, $15.00)
  11. The Blue Fox, by Sjon (Farrar Straus Giroux, $10.00)
  12. This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life, by David Foster Wallace (Little Brown, $15.00)
  13. And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead, $28.95
  14. Say Nice Things about Detroit, by Scott Lasser (W.W. Norton, $14.95)
  15. Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson (Reagan Arthur Books, $27.99)
  16. The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, illus. by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel, $17.99)
  17. The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin (Harper Perennial, $15.99)
  18. Inferno, by Dan Brown (Doubleday, $29.95)
  19. Winger, by Andrew Smith (Simon & Schuster, $16.99)
  20. The 13-Story Treehouse, by Andy Griffiths, illus. by Terry Denton (Feiwel & Friends, $13.99)

Ten on the Rise

  1. Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, by Charles Krauthammer (Crown Forum, $28.00)
  2. The Obituary Writer, by Ann Hood (W.W. Norton, $15.95)
  3. Dog Songs: Poems, by Mary Oliver (Penguin Press, $26.95)
  4. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (Little Brown, $30.00)
  5. Battle Bunny, by Jon Scieszka & Mac Barnett, illus. by Matthew Myers (Simon & Schuster, $14.99)
  6. One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson (Doubleday, $28.95)
  7. At Night We Walk in Circles, by Daniel Alarcon (Riverhead, $27.95)
  8. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, by Sun-Mi Hwang, illus. by Nomoco (Penguin, $15.00)
  9. Death of the Black-Haired Girl, by Robert Stone (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25.00)
  10. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortuante Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh (Touchstone Books, $17.99)

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