New WSB feature: What West Seattleites are reading

Wandering around the website of our citywide-news partners the Seattle Times recently, we noticed a best-sellers’ list for West Seattle’s Square One Books (WSB sponsor). Looked like something that might interest book lovers here most of all, so we asked proprietor Gretchen Montgomery if that list might be available to WSB – and she said yes. So here’s the first edition of “What West Seattleites are reading” (working title, maybe we – or you? – will come up with something catchier).

Adult Hardcover:
1. The Pacific by Hugh Ambrose
2. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
3. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
4. Rediscovering Values by Jim Wallis
5. Blackout by Connie Willis

Adult Paperback:
1. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
2. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
3. The Forgotten by Kate Morton
4. Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux
5. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Teen Bestsellers:
1. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
2. The Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHale
3. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
5. Madapple by Christina Meldrum

Children’s Bestsellers:
1.The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
3. The Lion & the Mouse (Caldecott Winner!) by Jerry Pickney
4. Happy Easter, Curious George by Margaret and H. A. Rey
5. When You Reach Me (Newberry Winner!) by Rebecca Stead

Look for the next round of “What West Seattleites are reading” next Thursday!

12 Replies to "New WSB feature: What West Seattleites are reading"

  • rw March 12, 2010 (6:56 am)

    Cool idea. I’ve been looking for a book discussion group for some time now — coed, meeting monthly in a local pub, quality fiction and nonfiction.

    If such a group does not exist, perhaps we can start it?

  • Dailycommuter March 12, 2010 (8:56 am)

    Oh yes oh yes, pleeeeze continue this feature! Fabulous idea! I read about a book a week and am always checking out best seller lists and soliciting recommendations. Thank you for thinking of us compulsive readers.

  • Aim March 12, 2010 (10:34 am)


  • jon March 12, 2010 (10:55 am)

    ooooh! “adult” fiction makes it sound filthy. isn’t it just fiction?

  • Born To Be Mild March 12, 2010 (11:26 am)

    Okay, let’s discuss “Chasing the White Dog” by Max Watman at the Feedback Lounge. Maybe they’ll play that Jimmy Buffett song “Why don’t we get drunk”

  • m2 March 12, 2010 (1:01 pm)

    RW – Square One Books has a great discussion every first Wednesday of the month. You can look at their upcoming events at

    Also – don’t miss Square One Books Author Events at local libraries – they just blogged about an upcoming Author Reading With Jonathan Evison, writer of “All About Lulu” on the SQ1 blog –

    I think they also have one coming up with Dave Boling, author of Guernica coming up soon.

    Full disclosure – Gretchen is my wife, so obviously I’m a big fan… ;)

  • The Velvet Bulldog March 12, 2010 (1:30 pm)

    Great idea! Though it makes me a bit wistful since all I have time to read anymore are textbooks…

  • Mark Matassa March 12, 2010 (2:12 pm)

    Good list, great new feature.

    One idea for a name: West Seattle Bookshelf

  • westseattledood March 12, 2010 (2:53 pm)

    Cool idea!

    Maybe WS Hot Reads?
    WS Best Reads?

    …..nah, not great.

    Actually, Mark’s idea sounds good.
    I’ll second it. :)

  • J March 12, 2010 (4:06 pm)

    Great idea! Is there a way to incorporate books we’re reading from the library? This is a list of what people are buying–but most of us read more than we buy, and sometimes we’d like to share one we read from the library…it might even spur sales.

  • miws March 12, 2010 (4:27 pm)

    Not much of a book reader (short attention sp….oooooh look! Something shiny!), however, this is a cool idea!


    Mark M’s idea for a name sounds good, and perhaps to go along with it, a Logo of the Highrise Bridge, with books lined up along it, as if the Bridge was a bookshelf.



  • rw March 12, 2010 (6:29 pm)

    “Chasing the White Dog” sounds like an entertaining book, but I’m not sure it’s a good discussion vehicle, or appealing enough to enough folks.

    An alternate option is Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux, which I’m about half-way through. If someone wants to discuss it in ab. 2- weeks, contact me at


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