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'Tis the season to get cozy with a book. What are you reading? What would you recommend for the festive season?

As the winds of approaching winter roll through El Cerrito and Kensington, rustling the orange leaves of tree-lined streets, the chill air brings with it a need for comfort and immersion in warmth from the inside out. 

Getting tucked up with a book is one of winter's most sacred delights. Whether it's a beloved paperback with yellowed and frayed pages, or a brand new e-book downloaded at the click of a button — the options are ample for literary escape. 

What is everyone else reading?

Here are the most recent best sellers at .:

  1. Steve Jobs (Hardcover) By Walter Isaacson
  2. Inheritance (Hardcover) By Christopher Paolini
  3. The Hunger Games (Paperback) By Suzanne Collins
  4. Heroes of Olympus, The, Book Two: The Son of Neptune (Hardcover) By Rick Riordan
  5. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (Hardcover) By Michael Lewis
  6. Thinking, Fast and Slow (Hardcover) By Daniel Kahneman
  7. Blue Nights (Hardcover) By Joan Didion
  8. 1Q84 (Hardcover) By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin, Philip Gabriel
  9. Guinness World Records 2012 (Hardcover) By Guinness World Records
  10. Momofuku Milk Bar (Hardcover) By Christina Tosi, David Chang

Nationally, here are the best sellers this week, according to the New York Times:


  1. 11/22/63, by Stephen King
  2. THE LITIGATORS, by John Grisham
  3. THE NEXT ALWAYS, by Nora Roberts
  4. ZERO DAY, by David Baldacci
  5. THE BEST OF ME, by Nicholas Sparks


  1. STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson
  2. KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  3. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
  4. BACK TO WORK, by Bill Clinton
  5. SEAL TARGET GERONIMO, by Chuck Pfarrer
Marya Ashworth November 29, 2011 at 07:44 PM
For middle-grade readers (7-12), I would like to recommend my book MARIGOLD: Book One of the Elven Chronicles (by Marya Ashworth). It's a fantasy in the Harry Potter vein, and young readers and adults alike have really enjoyed it. Mr. Mopps' Books & Toys in Berkeley has it in stock, it can be ordered at Barnes & Noble and is also available as a book or eBook at amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Emily Henry November 29, 2011 at 08:12 PM
Marya, your book has wonderful reviews on Amazon.com. What books and authors inspired you? Are there any other books you would recommend for the same age group?


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