Here's the '08 summary from book sales at one of our state's most important indie book-stores, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. Notice anything missing? Right. Poetry. Maybe the literature/fiction category encompasses poetry. I hope so. Nevertheless, in the next few days, I will be working up my New Year's list of my favorite books, with Poetry leading the list. If you have any books you would like to plug, please leave them in the comments section! Thanks!
What to think about Romance being the highest selling category nationally? I suppose that's no surprise, but what does it suggest about us, the us being mostly women? Again, leave your comments below. Myself, in my increasing age, I want challenging books, not predictable, formulaic ones. But if Romance books help keep our precious independent bookstores alive, I'll not say another word. At least, not for now.
Highest sales by section: (1) Literature/Fiction; (2) Mystery, (3) Children's Picture Books, (4) Southern Nonfiction, (5) Southern Fiction (6) Biography (7) Teen Fiction (8) Children's Fiction (9) Current Events, and (10) Religion. (FYI: The highest selling category nationally is Romance.)
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