Welcome to The Bookies' Latest Update!                               January 2018 Issue 1
The Bookies Newsletter
The Bookies Bestsellers
of 2017!
According to NPR, these are the books you should have been reading in 2017. And there are hundreds of fantastic suggestions. We should probably read all of them!

But what were you actually reading? The Bookies Bestseller lists of 2017 reveal all! In this edition of the newsletter, find out which books were our overall bestsellers, and which books adults were reading. In the next newsletter we'll reveal our bestsellers for children, all the way up to young adult. (Our overall bestsellers list gives away most of the bestsellers for younger readers!)

Interested in learning more? Click on a title to see more details of the book on our website. Numbers in brackets show places in last year's chart, with a '+' meaning the book is a new entry in our bestseller list.

The Bookies 2017 Top 10--Overall
I Love Music
The Princess in Black
Kids come first, with every overall bestseller this year being a kids' book! And it's a victory for the power of music, with the board book I Love Music: My First Sound Book by Marion Billet ringing the bell at number one. The high quality instrumental sounds from this little $9.99 book make it a winner. The Princess in Black continues her dominance among early readers, coming in at number two. And author Dav Pilkey is the year's favorite author, with three books in our top ten, including graphic novel favorite, Dog Man. (Number four in the series is out now--see our featured sequels below.)

1.  I Love Music: My First Sound Book Marion Billet (4)
2.  The Princess in Black Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (1)
3.  March of the Mini Beasts (#1 in the DATA set)  Ada Hopper and Sam Ricks +
     Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat +
5.  Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat +
6.  Mercy Watson to the Rescue Kate DiCamillo
7.  Where's The Green Sheep? Mem Fox (8)
8.  Dog Man Dav Pilkey +
9.  The One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate
10. Good Night, Gorilla  Peggy Rathman (6)

The Bookies 2017 Top 10--Adult
News of the World
We have a runaway winner at the top of our adult top ten list for 2017 with staff and customer favorite News of the World by Paulette Jiles taking the honors. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles takes second place, which is impressive, given that it is still in hardcover. Most books in this year's list are brand new entries, with only three books from last year reappearing: A Man Called Ove (on our bestseller list for the third year in a row), The Sympathizer and Leaving Berlin

1.   News of the World Paulette Jiles +
2.   A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles +
3.    Lilac Girls Martha Hall Kelly +
4.  The Heart Maylis de Kerangal +
5.  The Alice Network Kate Quinn +
6.   Last Days of Night Graham Moore +
7.   Homegoing Yaa Gyasi +
8.   A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman (1)
9.   The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen (6)
10.  Leaving Berlin Joseph Kanon  (10)

New Books in Popular Series!
Dog Man and Cat Kid
Dog Man and Cat Kid
Dav Pilkey
The latest episode in the hilarious tales of the dog-headed policeman is flying off our shelves. If you're between seven and ten, or maybe even 16 or 18, you love this. It's that simple!

Neal Shusterman
The follow up to the chilling Scythe. While Rowan has rejected Scythedom and actively hunts down corrupt Scythes, Citra has shouldered the responsibilities and tries to carry them out with compassion. But her methods don't meet everyone's approval and then her life is threatened...  Young adult. (Technically--adults are reading this series too.)

Dav Pilkey
More graphic fun from Dav Pilkey! The latest episode in this beloved series for elementary schoolers--now in full color!

Robert Harris
Not really a sequel, but new from an international best-selling author and Bookies favorite! Another spy thriller from Harris, set in 1938 at Munich conference, when a rising British diplomat clashes with a German diplomat that was once his friend. Treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, play out around historic events and a cast of historical figures including Hitler, Chamberlain and Mussolini. On our shelves January 16th!

All on our shelves now, unless otherwise stated.
New Books on Martin Luther King
A lovely picture book that shows key moments of King's life alongside the experiences of a modern class. As the students learn about him they discover how they can be inspired by him as they handle issues and justice in their own lives. Ages 4-8
The illustrations are as poetic as the words in this beautiful book focusing on the last months of King's life. Ages 9-12, but wonderful for anyone who loves poetry and beautiful books.

Martin Luther King III
A public figure, but also a father, here we have the man his family knew. Written by his son, one of King's four children featured in the famous 'I Have a Dream' speech. Ages 4-8
An updated version of a biography originally published in 1964, this is the work of a writer who was close to the King family. Completely revised and updated with colorful new illustrations.  Ages 8-12 
A good new biographical reader featuring the milestones in King's life, for kids who are mostly reading on their own, with a little help here and there.

A new biographical reader focusing on the march on Washington in 1963. A good level for children who are starting to read on their own and a good way for them to learn about King.

Something different...
Zero with cat book
Are you ready for our annual reading challenge?  
Every January we pick something from a genre that we don't usually read. Why not read along? This year we have a fiction-reader taking on a challenging non-fiction book, a non-parent reading something from parenting and a voracious reader combing our shelves for a genre he hasn't read yet! We'll update you at the end of the month with our reviews. Let us know at info@thebookies.com if you decide to join us!