NY Times Bestsellers for 53109

May 31, 2009

Another week, another new release at the top of the New York Times Bestseller List in the Hardcover Fiction category. This time around, it’s Lee Child claiming the top spot with a book called Gone Tomorrow. I’ve never heard of this author before, and the plot — something about a conspiracy dating back to the […]


Tell No One by Harlan Coben

May 29, 2009

I’ve read two Harlan Coben books before, Deal Breaker, which was pretty good, and Hold Tight which was just okay. While neither novel would be called a work of literary genius, they were at least entertaining page-turners that kept me interested most of the way through. So when I found the audio version of Tell […]


Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

May 26, 2009

Plot summary (with spoilers): The “Oscar” of the title is Oscar Hopkins, whom we meet as a young boy growing up in rural England. His father, Theophilus, belongs to a strict religious sect of brethren that don’t even believe in celebrating Christmas. Oscar’s mother died earlier, so it’s just the two of them. Theophilus loves […]


NY Times Bestsellers for 52409

May 24, 2009

There’s a new title atop this week’s New York Times Bestseller Hardcover Fiction list, as John Sanford’s Wicked Prey earns its place as the No. 1 novel in America. Last weekend’s winner, Dead and Gone slipped down to No. 3, making way for Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child in second place. I […]


Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie

May 22, 2009

I’m edging closer and closer to my goal of reading all of Agatha Christie’s mystery novels in chronological order. I just finished Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, which was published in 1952. This particular work features Hercule Poirot, my favorite of Christie’s detectives, so I was looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, the plot was a bit […]


A Separate Peace by John Knowles

May 20, 2009

Plot summary (with spoilers): A Separate Peace is a coming-of-age story by American writer John Knowles, and as such is a book that many high school and college students have been assigned to read for one class or another. The story begins in 1957 with the narrator, Gene Forrester, returning to the Devon School, a […]


NY Times Bestsellers for 51709

May 17, 2009

Charlaine Harris’s Dead and Gone was the top selling hardcover fiction novel of the week, displacing James Patterson’s 8th Confession from the No. 1 spot. Another new entry, Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk came in at No. 3, but otherwise, there was no major movement on that list. Other notable titles cracking the various lists include […]


BTT: Gluttony

May 15, 2009

Upcoming Pre-Orders

May 13, 2009

I don’t often pre-order books from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble or whatever, but I just went and splurged on two pre-orders today. First up, I ordered The Scarecrow, the newest Michael Connelly book that will be available on May 26. After a very slow start, I ended up becoming a Michael Connelly fan, so […]


NY Times Bestsellers for 51009

May 11, 2009

I’m a day late with my NY Times Bestseller list update, but that’s because I was out celebrating Mother’s Day with my wonderful family. I hope you can overlook my tardiness just this once! Anyway, I’ve gotten a few emails asking why I only talk about the Hardcover Fiction books in these posts. It’s because […]