Best bets for the book lover in your life
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 3:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 3:02 p.m.
Despite living in an era where any giftwrapped rectangular item beckons the notion that the latest gaming console or e-reader hides beneath the wrapping, books for gifts have held their own niche.
Sara Mosley, a children's book specialist and seller at the Books-A-Million on 13th Street, said there's something special about holding and flipping through the pages of a book.
"I see books as old friends," she said. "They're on the shelf and there forever. They're always there for you."
Popular subjects vary by age. Right now, the books selling most among adults have a base in history, whether it's fiction or nonfiction, Mosley said. With the release of the film "Lincoln," books focused on his presidency, assassination and the Civil War have seen an increase in sales.
For teenagers and children, books that are fantasy-focused and a part of a series have netted the most attention.
Below is a list of books that have been high in sales within the last month. If you're looking to give someone something good to read, these might help guide your way.
"Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever," by Bill O' Reilly, $28
The book was released in 2011 and gained popularity following its original publication. Within the last month, the book has experienced newfound sales thanks to the release of Steven Spielberg's most recent film, "Lincoln." The book narrates the effect Lincoln's assassination had on the United States when it happened and how it altered the United States.
"The Racketeer," by John Grisham, $28.95
For adults looking for something other than historical nonfiction, Grisham's latest novel is a good place to start. The plot centers on an imprisoned lawyer who has inside information about the murder of a federal judge.
"The Finale," by Becca Fitzpatrick, $19.99
The final book in the fantasy "Hush, Hush" series, "The Finale" wraps up the story behind the heritage of Nora, the protagonist of the series, and how that affects her relationship with the fallen angel Patch.
"Hidden," by P.C. and Kristin Cast, $18.99
The tenth and most recent installment in the vampire-theme fantasy "House of Nights" series, "Hidden" dives into the relationship between Lenobia, a vampire, and Martin, a human who died while saving Lenobia from a fire. Throughout the book, Lenobia revisits this relationship as she wonders if her new horse-keeper is Martin reincarnated.
"Confessions of a Murder Suspect," by James Patterson, $19.99
After being the last person to see her parents alive, Tandy Angel, the novel's protagonist, digs into her family's history to clear her name as a murder suspect and discovers a history about her parents she never knew.
"Mark of Athena," by Rick Riordan, $19.99
The third in the five-part "Heroes of Olympus" series, the book is popular among teens and children. Released Oct. 2, the book chronicles Athena's struggle with waking the earth goddess Gaea. The fantasy tale has been a best-seller since its release.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid," by Jeff Kinney, $13.95
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" is a series. The seventh book, "The Third Wheel," is coming out Nov. 13. The books outline the life of Greg Heffley and how he copes with being a student in middle school. Written in the style of a comic book, the stories are an easy read for children.
"Dork Diaries," by Rachel Renee Russell, $13.99
Similar to "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," "Dork Diaries" mimics the comic book style, and the drama middle school invites. The most recent book in the series, "Tales From a Not So Smart Miss Know-It-All," hit the stores Oct. 2.