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Sherrilyn Kenyon
Thomas Pynchon
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Dean Koontz
Audrey Niffenegger

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The table shows the current rank of each book and the change since last week, where:

= same as last week

+/- change since last week

+ back on list

++ new on list

x no longer on list (number of x's: weeks off list)


All lists rank hardcovers and paperbacks separately, except for the USA Today list, which is a single list combining fiction and nonfiction in all formats. Dates shown are posted dates, except those in parentheses, which are dates compiled. New York Times posts its list one week in advance of print publication.

Note that some sources do not compile paperback bestsellers, and some exclude YA books (like the Harry Potter series) from their hardcover and paperback fiction lists.

Weekly Bestellers


Week ending 25 August 2009


Lev Grossman's The Magicians (Viking), a novel by the Time Magazine critic about a boy who discovers the imaginary world he's read about in a series of fantasy novels is real, debuts strongly on fiction hardcover lists this week, ranking #6 at Washington Post, #8 at Publishers Weekly, #9 at New York Times.

Also debuting this week, a new Patricia Briggs novel, Hunting Ground (Ace), sequel to Cry Wolf and just published today, ranking remarkably at #21 on Amazon.com's list today, #49 on Amazon Canada's list.

Meanwhile, Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife still ranks very high on all lists this week, at the #1 position on five of the eight lists compiled here. Another film tie-in, Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, basis for the Peter Jackson film opening in December, ranks on two lists this week.

And Charlaine Harris never dies; all eight of her Sookie Stackhouse novels rank again this week on the NY Times mass market paperback list (all of them rising in standings since last week), all eight rank on the USA Today and Amazon UK lists, and all but two rank on the Publishers Weekly list.



Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.30
WP
08.23
SFC
08.23
USAT
08.16
PW
08.24
(ch 05.11)
Amz
(08.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.25)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30x5 10x4 10x3 150 15x5 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Armstrong, The Awakening 05.12.09 / 16 9 =     xxx.. xxx..     xxx..
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 3           29 +14    
Collins, The Hunger Games 10.07.08 / 47 4 =       xxx..      
Erikson, Dust of Dreams (UK) 08.18.09 / 2             46 -27  
Gaiman, The Graveyard Book 09.30.08 / 48 6 +1   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xx
Grossman, The Magicians 08.11.09 / 2 9 ++ 6 ++   77 ++ 8 ++ xx    
Harris, Dead and Gone 01.20.09 / 32 13 -3 xxx.. xx 72 +8 13 -2 48 -10 76 +8 43 -14
Harris, A Touch of Dead 08.04.09 / 4           58 -2   x
Herbert/Anderson, Winds of Dune 08.18.09 / 2 24 -9     x x      
Jordan/Sanderson, The Gathering Storm 08.25.09 / 1               64 ++
Kenyon, Bad Moon Rising 08.04.09 / 3 12 -11 x   38 -28 10 -9 xxx   x
Meyer, Breaking Dawn 02.12.08 / 81     xxx.. 5 =   24 +1   53 +
Meyer, Eclipse 08.14.07 / 107     xxx 3 -2 xxx.. 25 -3   39 -21
Meyer, The Host 02.12.08 / 78 19 -3 xxx.. xxx.. 56 +2 xx xxx.. xxx.. x
Meyer, The Host (UK) 01.13.09 / 19             16 -2  
Pratchett, The Unseen Academicals (UK) 05.05.09 / 12             41 +7  
Pynchon, Inherent Vice 08.04.09 / 4 11 -6 8 -5 1 = 109 -71 12 -6 61 -20   xxx
Weis/Hickman, Dragons of the Hourglass Mage: : The Lost Chronicles, Volume Three 08.18.09 / 2 34 -15              
Zafón, The Angel's Game 06.30.09 / 9 32 -3 xxx.. 7 + xxx xxx xxx.. xx xx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.30
WP
08.23
SFC
08.23
USAT
08.16
PW
08.24
(ch 05.11)
Amz
(08.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.25)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Austen/Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! [tpb] 02.10.09 / 24 9 -1 7 -2 x 48 +1 9 -1 120 -39 xxx.. 33 +
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 07.20.03 / 107       149 -33   xxx   xx
Briggs, Hunting Ground 08.25.09 / 1           21 ++   49 ++
Clare, City of Ashes [tpb] 04.07.09 / 21       127 =       xxx..
Clare, City of Bones [tpb] 04.08.08 / 22 xxx..     85 +10 xxx..      
Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao [tpb] 09.09.08 / 51 30 -5 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..   xxx..
Harris, All Together Dead 04.08.08 / 34 21 +1     70 +24 xxx xxx.. 90 -20  
Harris, Club Dead 06.01.03 / 44 8 +6     50 +9 5 +6 xxx.. 33 -6 xxx..
Harris, Dead as a Doornail 09.30.08 / 31 13 +5     63 +13 12 + xxx.. 59 +3 xxx..
Harris, Dead to the World 09.30.08 / 36 11 +6     53 +13 11 + xxx.. 45 -3 xxx..
Harris, Dead Until Dark 09.16.08 / 50 3 +5     26 +4 3 +6 xxx.. 18 -1 xxx..
Harris, Definitely Dead 09.30.08 / 32 15 +6     65 +23 xxx xxx.. 73 -6 xxx..
Harris, From Dead to Worse 03.31.09 / 22 5 +4 xxx..   39 +8 4 +6 55 -5 72 -15 28 -4
Harris, Living Dead in Dallas 09.23.08 / 47 10 +5     37 +7 13 = xxx.. 27 -4 xxx..
Harris, Sookie Stackhouse Boxed Set 01.06.09 / 34       108 +5   10 +1   3 =
Herbert/Anderson, Paul of Dune 08.25.09 / 1 25 ++              
Koontz/Anderson, Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night 07.26.05 / 14 xxx.. xxx..   104 -14 xxx.. xxx..    
Koontz/Gorman, Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Book One: Prodigal Son 02.08.05 / 12 xxx.. xxx..   69 -9 xxx..      
Koontz, Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Book Three: Dead and Alive 07.21.09 / 6 2 = xx   16 -5 2 = xxx 136 -47 xxx
McCarthy, The Road [tpb] 04.10.07 / 125 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 48 +4 xxx..
Meyer, Breaking Dawn (UK) 01.13.09 / 33             2 =  
Meyer, Eclipse (UK) 01.13.09 / 33             7 -1  
Meyer, New Moon (UK) 01.13.09 / 33             8 +2 61 +
Meyer, New Moon [tpb] 06.17.08 / 63     xxx.. 4 -1   46 -9    
Meyer, Twilight (UK) 01.13.09 / 33             9 +2 xxx..
Meyer, Twilight [tpb] 08.14.07 / 107     xxx.. 6 = xxx.. 53 -14 xxx.. xx
Moore/Gibbons, Watchmen [tpb] 07.22.08 / 48   xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 71 +
Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife [tpb] 05.24.04 / 144 1 = 1 = 5 = 1 +1 1 = 5 -3 1 = 2 -1
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four 07.20.03 / 107       132 -1   xxx.. 83 + xxx..
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [tpb] 06.30.09 / 9     xx 19 -5   146 -61 xx xx
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [tpb] 07.25.06 / 87     xxx.. 111 -27 xxx.. xxx..    
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [tpb]   xxx..   xxx.. 141 -43   xxx..    
Sebold, The Lovely Bones [tpb] 08.25.09 / 1 14 ++     105 ++        
Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind [tpb] 02.08.05 / 53 21 -6   xxx.. xxx     xxx.. xx
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.30
WP
08.23
SFC
08.23
USAT
08.16
PW
08.24
(ch 05.11)
Amz
(08.25)
UK:
Amz UK
(08.25)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(08.25)
This cell color indicates rankings on children's bestsellers lists This cell color indicates rankings of books based on pre-publication sales [Italics and brackets, and/or this cell color, indicate stale data -- rankings from one or more weeks before -- and do not contribute to the cumulative weeks on any list totals]
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