Thursday, November 3, 2011

Top 5 most requested titles for October 2011

List by Tosca

"Books had instant replay long before televised sports."
- Bern Williams

A 6"5 inch mountain of a man (who, weirdly, will be 5"7 instead in the recently announced book-into-film version, but more on that later). Civil rights in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi. Gods and demigods. The memoir of a man who managed to offend most of NZ without even trying. Dragons and destiny. What do they have in common? On a normal, day to day basis probably no crossover whatsoever. Unless you work with books. Behold, our top 5 most requested titles for October 2011!

P.S. I don't envy anyone waiting on our #1 book. That number is phenomenal.

Honourable mention (i.e. next 5 on the list):
  • Cabin fever by Jeff Kinney - children's fiction, book 6 in the Diary of a wimpy kid series. Currently on order
  • People's republic by Robert Muchamore - teen fiction, book 13 in the Cherub series
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - teen fiction, book 1 in The Hunger Games series
  • Thea Stilton, big trouble in the Big Apple by Geronimo Stilton - children's fiction
  • Diary of a wimpy kid : Rodrick rules by Jeff Kinney - children's fiction, book 2 in the Diary of a wimpy kid series
  • The conductor by Sarah Quigley - historical fiction, NZ author (I really want to read this one! I just don't want to have to wait *sigh*)

  • Inheritance 4 / Christopher Paolini
    Teen fiction. Fantasy. Book 4 in the Inheritance series. Currently on order. 458 requests. Not so very long ago, Eragon-Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider-was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances. The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alaga sia? And if so, at what cost? This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.

    What was I thinking : a memoir / Paul Henry with Paul Little
    Memoir. Nonfiction. 463 requests. From the man whose outrageous comments on TV divided the country, and almost caused an international incident, comes this very funny memoir. Packed with stories from his eventful childhood and his long and adventurous career in journalism, this is a gripping, often hilarious and always entertaining read. It gives a fascinating insight into the complex character of Paul Henry. - He's surprising - he doesn't subscribe to any expected set of beliefs, he's an individual with contradictory opinions. - He's bold - he set himself up as an international news correspondent working out of his Masterton lounge, watching CNN and jetting off to the latest hotspot. He's talked himself into getting interviews with people as diverse as Peter Ustinov and the Prime Minister of Malaysia; he was there for the funerals of Diana and Mother Theresa; he's been thrown into jail in Iraq. - He's versatile -starting with drama school, then broadcasting at the BBC, head of Radio NZ, standing for parliament against Georgina Beyer, international correspondent - as well as protesting at Mururoa and running an antique shop and his own radio station. - He's entertaining - a natural-born story teller who spins a great yarn, and who says, 'I'll apologise for hurting people's feelings but I'll never apologise for being outrageous.'

    The son of Neptune / Rick Riordan
    Children's fiction. Book 2 in the Heroes of Olympus series. Greek mythology. Fantasy. 514 requests. The second title in this number one, bestselling spin-off series from Percy Jackson creator, Rick Riordan. This crazy messed up world of gods and monsters is Percy Jackson’s reality, which pretty much sucks for him.Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die.But they’re the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn’t ring any bells for him. There’s just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth. Only one thing is certain – Percy’s questing days aren’t over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: the Prophecy of Seven.If they fail, it’s not just their camp at risk. Percy’s old life, the gods, and the entire world might be destroyed...

    The help / Kathryn Stockett
    General fiction. Civil rights movement. 769 requests. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home from college with a degree, but her mother won't be happy until her daughter has a ring on her finger. And there's no solace for Skeeter, because her beloved maid Constantine, who raised her, has disappeared. Aibileen is a black maid, raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her since the death of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. Aibileen's best friend is Minny, the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue. Seemingly as different as can be, these women wil come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.

    The affair / Lee Child
    Suspense fiction. Murder. Detective and mystery stories. Book 16 in the Jack Reacher series. 1171 requests. March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Carter Crossing, Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base.Is the murderer a local guy - or is he a soldier? Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover. The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine - and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn't she really want to find the killer? The adrenaline-pumping, high-voltage action in The Affair is set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, and it marks a turning point in Reacher's career. If he does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn't, will the army be able to live with him? Is this his last case in uniform?

    Did you know...that Tom Cruise will be playing Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation of Child's One shot? It's true! The casting decision was announced on Cruise's website. I was under the impression that Reacher was a big man but I'm not a regular reader of the series (my sibling is and she loves Child's style) so I don't feel qualified enough to answer. So I asked the Oracle - - and lots of others think the same BUT Lee Child himself giveth his blessing. So put *that* in your pretend-pipe and pretend-smoke it! What say you regarding Cruise as Reacher?

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