The New York Times Bestseller List isn’t always an indication of quality, but plenty of good books tend to grace it at some point. If you’ve been too busy lusting over Edward Cullen to pay attention to any other bestsellers this year, take a look.
Bestsellers released in 2011
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs): Photographer Ransom Riggs’s debut novel incorporates stunning and reportedly unaltered photographs into an already bizarre (and fascinating) story. The novel has steadily increased in popularity since its release in June and has spent 27 weeks on the bestseller list.
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Crossed (Ally Condie): Crossed, the second book in the Matched trilogy, came out late in the year but has spent every week since its release in the top 10. It also suffers from severe middle book syndrome. But readers snatched it up like wildfire, and the final book in the Matched trilogy is sure to be a hit as well.
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Divergent (Veronica Roth): Divergent didn’t spend as many weeks in the top 10 as these other novels, but it was an impressive debut from first-time author (and recent college graduate) Veronica Roth. It was also another one of those rare books to have film rights snatched up before it was even released.
Hattiesburg residents can pick up any of these books at the Oak Grove Public Library on Old Highway 11.
Bestsellers released before 2011
The Lost Hero (Rick Riordan): Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, which was published from 2005 to 2009, was huge. The Lost Hero, released in 2010, is the first book in a new series but follows several of the same characters — both humans and Greek gods. It has spent 54 weeks on the bestseller list.
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The Invention of Hugo Cabaret (Brian Selznick): Even before this month’s release of the movie adaptation, Hugo, The Invention of Hugo Cabaret was a hit. Part novel, part picture book, the story of an orphaned boy living in a Paris train station has spent 93 weeks on the bestseller list.
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins): Since its publication in 2008, the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy has also been popular. It has been on the bestseller list for 60 weeks now and the movie adaptation will be released in March.
Hattiesburg residents can stop by Books a Million at Turtle Creek Crossing to pick up one of these novels.
Any other young adult books released this year that are worth mentioning? Please, tell someone.
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