Best Sellers: November Update

Here’s what people have been reading (or at least buying) lately.

NYT Combined Print & E-Book Best Sellers List

  1. THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham (NEW)

Rooster BarMark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam. But maybe there’s a way out. Maybe there’s a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right?

  1. ORIGIN by Dan Brown
  2. QUICK & DIRTY by Stuart Woods (NEW)
  3. DEEP FREEZE by John Sandford
  4. LEOPARD’S BLOOD by Christine Feehan (NEW)
  6. MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur
  7. MIND GAME by Iris Johansen (NEW)
  8. A COLUMN OF FIRE by Ken Follett
  9. IT by Stephen King




A List of Books that Sold the Most Copies

If only there was a shorter way of writing that. Oh yeah…

NYT Best Sellers List

  1. CAMINO ISLAND by John Grisham

Camino IslandAfter a gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library, Mercer Mann, a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position, is approached by a mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. The woman offers a generous amount of money in exchange for a job. All Mercer has to do is go undercover and infiltrate the circle of literary friends that surround Bruce Cable, a prominent rare book dealer that occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts, and learn what she can. But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise.

  1. THE IDENTICALS by Elin Hilderbrand (NEW THIS WEEK)
  3. COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
  4. THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood
  5. THE FIX by David Baldacci
  6. INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins
  7. THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware
  8. MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur
  9. DRAGON TEETH by Michael Crichton

Author Birthdays – February, round 2

William S. Burroughs (b. February 5, 1914, St. Louis, MO; d. August 2, 1997, Lawrence, KS)

burroughs“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Naked Lunch

For more information on William S. Burroughs, click here.


Charles Dickens (b. February 7, 1812, Landport, UK; d. June 9, 1870, Higham, UK)

dickens“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, etc.

For more information on Charles Dickens, click here.


John Grisham (b. February 8, 1955, Jonesboro, AR)

grisham“When you work at street level you never know who’s going to walk through your door.” Find more quotes here.

What you should read: A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Whistler, etc.

For more information on John Grisham, click here.

The Girl on the Best Sellers List

Good for you, PaulaPaula Hawkins is pretty firmly entrenched at the top of the NYT Best Sellers list with The Girl on the Train. It is currently in its 84th week on the list and it probably won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, especially considering that the film based on the book (same name) just hit theaters last week.

Good for Paula Hawkins, and good for book/movie fans. But have you ever been curious about who might be the best sellers of all time?

Bear with me here. Paula Hawkins must have woken up everyday for the last 84 weeks and felt amazing – it’s good to be on top, right? And she has only sold, what, 12 million-ish copies? According to the list of the Top 10 Best Selling Fiction Writers of All Time at the 10th best selling novelist of all time is John Grisham, who has sold an estimated 250 to 300 million copies of his books. How must he feel in the morning? The top best selling novelist of all time you ask? I won’t spoil it for you but over 2 billion copies sold. Check out the rest of the list if you are curious.