Books we are talking about - what's moving and shaking

Chris Schluep on December 17, 2020

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It's always interesting to see what books start to rise to the top of best seller lists at this time of year. We are just coming out of the fall, which is peak reading season, and we're heading into the holidays, which is peak gift buying season. So we are at a crossroads of sorts. Here's a look at some of the books that are moving and shaking these days, culled from the Charts Most Sold Fiction and Charts Most Sold Nonfiction lists, as well as the Kindle best seller list and the Print best seller list.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

One of the most anticipated novels of the year sits atop the Charts Most Sold Fiction list. It has been on the list for a month, and doesn't look to be moving any time soon. Cline is, of course, the author of the super popular book published in 2011, Ready Player One. So it makes sense that the sequel would have its fans as well.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett's second novel is one of the most lauded books of the year. Arguably, it could be declared the most lauded book of the year. Her story about twin sisters—one who lives in her small Southern Black community where she grew up and the other who leaves and secretly passes as white—has been captivating readers since its publication in June. The book has spent 27 weeks so far on the Charts Most Sold list.

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson

Speaking of books that have been on best seller lists for many weeks, Erik Larson's nonfiction account of how Winston Churchill successfully guided his country during Hitler's bombing campaign has been on the Charts Most Read Nonfiction list for 21 weeks and counting. This is a book that people are buying not just for themselves, but to give to others.

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

Most of the books at the top of the Charts Most Sold Nonfiction list are of a political nature... and then there's Matthew McConaughey. He sits at No. 2 with a memoir about his life of 50 years and the secrets he's uncovered in living it. You may not know that Matthew McConaughey has been keeping journals for 35 years. That's right. He's been writing practically this whole time. And people are very interested to read what he has to say.

The Apartment by Danielle Steel

In the top 10 of the Kindle best seller list you'll find some huge authors, and few are bigger than Danielle Steel. Her 2016 novel The Apartment is the story of four women who move in together in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. There they experience all that the city has to offer, and they form a family of sorts. But it is the nature of such families that they must eventually break up, as each moves on with her life.

Humans by Brandon Stanton

It was way back in 2010 when Brandon Stanton created Humans of New York, which led to the 2013 publication of his book of the same title. The franchise has grown into more beloved books, none of them more beloved than his latest. In Humans, Stanton combines interviews, observations, and photography from the dozens of countries he has visited. The result is a fascinating account of the world we live in, told by a very gifted storyteller.

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs: 100+ Recipes that You'll Love to Cook and Eat by America's Test Kitchen Kids

A little further down the print best seller list is a book that has been moving and shaking lately. What can you buy for that 8 to 14 year old in your life? How about a book that gives you. We all know America's Test Kitchen is one of the finest sources to turn to for culinary guidance. Now you can direct the young chef in your life to more than 100 recipes that are sure to stir his or her creativity. And you might get a nice cupcake or breakfast taco out of it yourself.

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