The best selling album of 2007 was “Noel” by Josh Groban. Why do I bring this up? Because I had no idea. Even though I like music, I rarely check to see which albums are hot on the streets. Wait, did I just say “hot on the streets” in close proximity to Josh Groban? I’ll just continue on. With books, I made a silent vow to never be taken by surprise with a unheard of, popular title. This is why I occasionally peruse the New York Times and Indie Bound bestsellers. This time around, let’s take a look at the books flying off the shelves at independent bookstores nationwide:

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Let’s see, Gallop! is still tops, a couple classics have strong #2 and #3 showings, and a good ol’ “Back to School” book cracks the top five.

“The Book Thief” continues to have legs at independent book stores, while “The Mysterious Benedict Society” climbs to the #2 spot. “Wimpy Kid” is still making it’s presence known in the top five, with the resurgent (blame it on the movie) “Tale of Despereaux” rounds out the list. Speaking of books-turned-movies, when will “City of Ember” start making waves? Here’s hoping soon.

Some usual suspects in the series category.  

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