The Best of Books

Flying off the shelves

Books Inc. best-seller list

  1. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
  2. Dear Life: Stories, by Alice Munro
  3. Tender Bar: A Memoir, by J. R. Moehringer
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8, by Jeff Kinney
  5. Goodbye Year, by Toni Piccinini
  6. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
  7. Allegiant (Divergent), by Veronica Roth
  8. Season of the Witch, by David Talbot
  9. Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
  10. Orange is the New Black, by Piper Kerman


The Luminaries: A Novel
by Eleanor Catton
Murder, gold, sex, opium, shipwrecks — this massive, compelling novel (winner of the 2013 Booker Prize) has everything it takes to keep you enthralled for 800 pages.
— Tom Gartner

Burial Rites: A Novel
by Hannah Kent
A stunning historical novel set in 19th century Iceland about a woman accused of killing a cruel lover. The harsh setting, the intricate relationships, and the gradual revelation of the truth blend to create uniquely meaningful suspense.
— Tom Gartner


Age 10 & up:
Wild Boy
by Rob Lloyd Jones
A recluse turned circus freak finds himself accused of murder. Armed with only his wits, a Holmesian sense of observation and deduction, and the reluctant company of circus acrobat Clarissa, Wild Boy navigates Victorian London on a quest to clear his name, solve the murder, and discover the nature of the mysterious Machine That Changes You.
— Marie Siegenthaler

Ages 8-12:
Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things: Mister Max 1
by Cynthia Voigt and Iacopo Bruno
Left alone when his parents depart to Kashmir, Max is forced to find work. Is he a dogcatcher? A child wrangler? Detective? All of the above? A charming, wholesome and suspenseful mystery.
— Marie Siegenthaler

Ages 4 & up:
Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella
by Jan Brett
Beautiful illustrations reminiscent of those found in old European folktales are the highlight of this retelling of the classic story. And you won’t think twice about the fact that chickens are stand-ins for all of the main characters. It is thoroughly charming.
— Sandy Mullin

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Sandy Mullin is the manager at Books Inc. in the Marina.