Thursday, September 1, 2011

Top 5 most requested titles for August 2011

List by Natalie and Tosca

Happy September, everyone! After the serious tone of my last post I'm going to opt for something a little less hard on my brain and keep it light (but not fluffy) and offer up the top 5 most requested books for the month of August. I'm seven shades of happy to see that teen/kids books are sitting comfortably in 4 of the 5 spots on today's list. 3 books also have film tie-ins. Ooh, and before I forget, our new books lists are up and ready for you to go crazy reading and requesting! Enjoy :)

The Hunger Games / by Suzanne Collins
Teen fiction. Red House Children's Book Award for Older Readers 2010. Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place. Ages 14+ Followed by Catching fire (book 2) and Mockingjay (book 3).

Tosca's comment: If you watched the Video Music Awards 2011 on Monday night (or replays that've been screening about every day since then) you might have caught the trailer for the film version, which is due out roughly March/April 2012. If you missed the trailer you can view it over at

The help / Kathryn Stockett
General adult fiction. Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project.

Tosca's comment: Our bookclub read this title last year sometime and we all enjoyed it so much! All of us are very keen to see the movie when it's released next week (8th September 2011). If you'd like to view a trailer first then pop on over to

The ugly truth / by Jeff Kinney (book 5 in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)
Children's fiction. While trying to find a new best friend after feuding with Rowley, middle-school slacker Greg Heffley is warned by older family members that adolescence is a time to act more responsibly and to think seriously about his future. Ages 8+ This book follows: Greg Heffley's journal (book 1), Roderick rules (book 2), The last straw (book 3), Dog days (book 4).

Greg Heffley's journal / by Jeff Kinney (book 1 in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)
Children's fiction. Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship. Ages 9+ We also hold the DVD.

Rodrick rules / by Jeff Kinney. / by Jeff Kinney (book 2 in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Children's fiction. "Whatever you do, don't ask Greg Heffley about his summer vacation. As Greg enters the new school year, he's eager to put the events of the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular. Greg knows that his survival in middle school depends on his ability to keep the details of that incident under wraps. Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother Rodrick knows about his secret, and would be happy to spill the beans should Greg step out of line. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules chronicles Greg's attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, to keep his secret safe. But secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved." -- Provided by publisher. Ages 9+

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