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Curl up with a good book

When short winter days are the norm, few things are as welcoming as a warm firep

Long winter nights, a warm fireplace and a good book.

Add in a holiday book buying or the arrival beneath the tree of any number of electronic book readers and there is a wealth to choose from in terms of the book lover on the shopping list.

But reading tastes differ from region to region. The New York Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction is topped, in order by “11,22,63” by Stephen King, “The Litigators” by John Grisham, “Zero Day” by David Baldacci, “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks, “The Christmas Wedding” by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo as the top five.

The nonfiction bestseller list is topped by “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaccson, “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, “Back to Work” by Bill Clinton, “Jack Kennedy” by Chris Matthews and “No Higher Honor” by Condoleezza Rice.

In the lakes area, the bestsellers are a little different and in some cases have a local author.

At Book World in Baxter, the bestsellers for nonfiction are:

1. “Heaven is for Real” by Todd Burpo.

2. “The Oranges are Sweet” by Paul Sailer.

3. “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard.

4. “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly.

5. “Night Sky: Field Guide” by Jonathan Poppele.

6. “USA Today Weather Book” by Jack Williams.

7. “Old Farmer’s Almanac 2012.”

8. “Birds of Minnesota: Field Guide” by Stan Tekiela.

9. “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand.

Book World also reports it is seeing a trend of people buying audio books to listen to in their vehicles.

Book World’s top 10 list for nonfiction was decidedly different than Turtle Town Books & Gifts in Nisswa, which shared a recent Indie Bestseller list. They shared a couple of books but Turtle Town’s list for nonfiction was headed by “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson and included “Blue Nights” by Joan Didion, “Back to Work: Why we Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy” by Bill Clinton and “Boomerang” by Michael Lewis, “In the Garden of Beasts” by Erik Larson and “Goodnight iPad” by Ann Droyd.

Turtle Town Books Indie Bestseller list for hardcover fiction included:

1. “11/22/63” by Stephen King.

2. “1Q84” by Haruki Murakami.

3. “The Marriage Plot” by Jeffrey Eugenides.

4. “The Litigators” by John Grisham.

5. “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes.

6. “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.

7. “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain.

8. “Out of Oz” by Gregory Maguire.

9. “The Prague Cemetery” by Umberto Eco.

10. “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach.

Topselling fiction novels at Book World were:

1. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.

2. “Reversal” by Michael Connelly.

3. “Room: A Novel” by Emma Donoghue.

4. “Cutting for Stone” Abraham Verghese.

5. “Birdie” by Candace Simar.

6. “American Assassin” by Vince Flynn.

7. “Confession: A Novel” by John Grisham.

8. “Enemy” by Lee Child.

9. “Northwest Angle” by William Kent Krueger.

10. “Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.

And at Book World, the top five children’s books were “Home of the Brave” by Katherine Applegate, “Inheritance” by Christopher Paolini, “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, “Son of Neptune No. 2 Heroes of Olympus” by Rick Riordan, “True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle” by Avi and “Twelve days of Christmas in Minnesota” by Constance Van Hoven.

The New York Times mass market fiction paperback besellers are “The Perfect Christmas” by Debbie Macomber, “Crescent Dawn” by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler, “What the Night Knows” by Dean Koontz and “Secrets to the Grave” by Tami Hoag, and “Cross Fire” by James Patterson. Turtle Town Books mass market list included: “A Game of Thrones,” “A Clash of Kings,” “A Storm of Swords,” and “A Feast for Crows” all by George R.R. Martin and the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

Happy reading.

RENEE RICHARDSON may be reached at or 855-5852.