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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 20 October 2009


Charlaine Harris' A Touch of Dead (Ace), a collection of stories about Sookie Stackhouse, heroine of her ongoing series of novels, debuts on four print lists (every one compiled here except San Francisco Chronicle's) this week at #2 -- as impressive a debut as one could hope for, given a recently released Dan Brown title (The Lost Symbol) entrenched at the #1 position on all these lists.

Significant in a different way is the #1 rank today on Amazon.com of Stephen King's Under the Dome (Scribner), due to be published November 10th, benefiting from Amazon's price-war with Walmart; Amazon.com is offering the book for just $9. The same price is available for other related forthcoming titles, including Michael Crichton's non-genre Pirate Latitudes (Harper, Nov 24), ranking today at #13 on Amazon.com, and Jim Butcher's First Lord's Fury (Ace, Nov 24), ranking today at #85.

Significant debuts without price-cutting advantages this week are Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals (Harper), ranking on four print lists, as high as #10 at Washington Post, and R.A. Salvatore's The Ghost King (Wizards of the Coast), third book in his Forgotten Realms "Transitions" series, on three print lists, as high as #11 at New York Times and Publishers Weekly.

Also deserving of mention are several other debuts this week: Kristin Cashore's Fire (Dial) and Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan (Simon Pulse) debut on New York Times's children's chapter book list this week, ranking #4 and #5 respectively; in paperback, Sherrilyn Kenyon's Born of Night (St. Martin's) and Lynn Viehl's Shadowlight (Onyx) debut on New York Times's mass market paperback list this week, ranking #6 and #17 respectively.



Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.25
WP
10.18
SFC
10.18
USAT
10.11
PW
10.19
Amz
(10.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.20)
Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30x5 10x4 10x3 150 15x5 100 100 100
Hardcovers
Armstrong, Frostbitten 10.13.09 / 2 25 -13     x       174 -116
Atwood, The Year of the Flood 09.01.09 / 8 23 -8 xx 8 -4 xx x xx   16 -10
Butcher, First Lord's Fury 10.20.09 / 1           85 ++    
Cashore, Fire 10.20.09 / 1 4 ++              
Colfer, And Another Thing... (UK) 10.13.09 / 2             26 -20 123 -40
Collins, Catching Fire 08.11.09 / 11 2 -1   xxx.. 62 -10   60 +1   68 +
Collins, The Hunger Games 10.07.08 / 55 1 +1     92 -5 xxx.. 81 -2    
Harris, Dead and Gone 01.20.09 / 40 15 -2 xxx.. xxx.. 85 +32 x 92 -28 56 +11 136 -88
Harris, A Touch of Dead 08.04.09 / 12 2 ++ 2 ++   2 ++ 2 ++ 43 -18   17 +15
Jordan/Sanderson, The Gathering Storm 08.25.09 / 9           15 -2 28 -1 7 +8
King, Under the Dome 10.13.09 / 2           1 ++   186 -134
Mead, Blood Promise 09.01.09 / 8       126 -20   xxx..   xxx..
Meyer, Breaking Dawn 02.12.08 / 89     xxx.. 14 +1   61 +12   xx
Meyer, Eclipse 08.14.07 / 115     xxx.. 10 -3 xxx.. 58 +7   xx
Meyer, The Host 02.12.08 / 86 30 +2 xxx.. xxx.. 113 -10 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Meyer, The Host (UK) 01.13.09 / 27             57 -13  
Niffenegger, Her Fearful Symmetry 09.29.09 / 4 10 -4 9 -5 5 +3 40 -11 10 -4 80 -9 15 +10 24 =
Pratchett, Unseen Academicals 09.22.09 / 4 13 ++ 10 ++   54 ++ 13 ++ 135 -35    
Pratchett, Unseen Academicals (UK) 05.05.09 / 20             6 -2 50 -6
Salvatore, Forgotten Realms: The Ghost King: Transitions, Book III 10.20.09 / 1 11 ++     52 ++ 11 ++      
Westerfeld, Leviathan 10.20.09 / 1 5 ++              
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.25
WP
10.18
SFC
10.18
USAT
10.11
PW
10.19
Amz
(10.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.20)
Paperbacks [tpb=trade]
Austen/Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies [tpb] 02.10.09 / 32 14 -3 x 8 = 111 -7 15 = xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Austen/Winters, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters [tpb] 09.29.09 / 4 31 -12 x   xx        
Barry, The Lace Reader [tpb] 09.15.09 / 4 33 +              
Cashore, Graceling [tpb] 09.22.09 / 2 4 +              
Harris, All Together Dead 04.08.08 / 42 x     127 -22 xxx.. xxx.. xxx..  
Harris, Club Dead 06.01.03 / 52 26 -1     106 -15 xx xxx.. 80 +18 xxx..
Harris, Dead as a Doornail 09.30.08 / 39 25 +8     108 -9 xxx xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Harris, Dead to the World 09.30.08 / 44 24 =     104 -16 xx xxx.. 83 + xxx..
Harris, Dead Until Dark 09.16.08 / 58 23 +5     71 -4 xx xxx.. 55 +13 xxx..
Harris, Definitely Dead 09.30.08 / 40 31 +3     116 -14 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Harris, From Dead to Worse 03.31.09 / 30 7 +11 xxx..   63 -4 9 + xxx xx 108 -38
Harris, Living Dead in Dallas 09.23.08 / 55 xx     123 -25 xxx xxx.. 71 +8 xxx..
Harris, Sookie Stackhouse Boxed Set 01.06.09 / 42       xxx   74 -4   40 -7
Kenyon, Born of Night 10.13.09 / 2 6 ++     21 -10 5 -1      
King, Just After Sunset 10.06.09 / 3 9 -2     30 -5 8 =      
McCarthy, The Road [tpb] 04.10.07 / 133 xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. xxx.. 42 +21 xxx..
Meyer, Breaking Dawn (UK) 01.13.09 / 41             14 -3  
Meyer, Eclipse (UK) 01.13.09 / 41             9 =  
Meyer, New Moon (UK) 01.13.09 / 41             11 -1 xxx..
Meyer, New Moon [tpb] 06.17.08 / 71     xxx.. 8 -3   93 -1   xxx
Meyer, Twilight (UK) 01.13.09 / 41             16 -4 xxx..
Meyer, Twilight [tpb] 08.14.07 / 115     xxx.. 16 +1 xxx.. 66 +11 xxx.. xxx..
Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife [tpb] 05.24.04 / 152 3 = xx x 28 = 3 = 82 -32 21 = 11 -6
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [tpb] 06.30.09 / 17     xxx.. 133 -11   xxx.. xxx.. xxx..
Sawyer, Flashforward [tpb] 10.06.09 / 3             39 -19  
Sebold, The Lovely Bones 10.13.09 / 2 20 ++     20 +16       113 -15
Sebold, The Lovely Bones [tpb] 08.25.09 / 9 22 -4     xx       xxx..
Viehl, Shadowlight 10.20.09 / 1 17 ++              
Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
10.25
WP
10.18
SFC
10.18
USAT
10.11
PW
10.19
Amz
(10.20)
UK:
Amz UK
(10.20)
Canada:
Amz.ca
(10.20)
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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