Many people think that reading is boring and no fun. But reading can actually be tons of fun, you just have to find a good book! So here are the New York Times top ten best sellers of 2011 so far:
Top Ten Nonfiction
1. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. (Thomas Nelson.) A father recounts his 3-year-old son’s encounter with Jesus and the angels during an emergency appendectomy.
2. A STOLEN LIFE, by Jaycee Dugard. (Simon & Schuster.) A woman’s recollection of being kidnapped at the age of 11, spending 18 years imprisoned by a convicted rapist and his wife, and bearing two daughters by him.
3. UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.
4. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, by Erik Larson. (Crown.) This portrait of Berlin during the rise of the Nazis centers on the family of William E. Dodd, the U.S. ambassador there.
5. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot. (Crown.) The story of a woman whose cancer cells were extensively cultured without her permission in 1951.
6. BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey. (Little, Brown.) A memoir from the former "Saturday Night Live" star and creator of "30 Rock."
7. AFTER AMERICA, by Mark Steyn. (Regnery.) The writer foresees Armageddon for America, which he says has caught up with Europe in the rush to self-destruction.
8. COCKTAIL HOUR UNDER THE TREE OF FORGETFULNESS, by Alexandra Fuller. (Penguin Group.) Fuller’s mother is at the center of this memoir set in Africa.
9. THE GREATER JOURNEY, by David McCullough. (Simon & Schuster.) The historian explores the extensive intellectual legacy that France settled on its 19th-century visitors.
10. 1493, by Charles C. Mann. (Knopf Doubleday.) Picking up where “1491” left off, the author says that ecological encounters since Columbus have affected much of subsequent human history.
Top Ten Fiction
1. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. (Penguin Group.) A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi.
2. BLIND FAITH, by CJ Lyons. (Legacy.) A woman finds no closure after a man is executed for the murder of her husband and son.
3. SECOND SON, by Lee Child. (Delacorte.) Jack Reacher is stationed with his family on a military base in Okinawa in the mid-1970s.
4. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen. (Algonquin.) After his parents die in a car accident, a young veterinary student — and an elephant — save a Depression-era circus.
5. FLASH AND BONES, by Kathy Reichs. (Simon & Schuster.) A turbocharged case unfolds for the forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan in the series behind the TV show “Bones.”
6. ONE DAY, by David Nicholls. (Knopf Doubleday.) Checking in year by year on the confused, halting romance of two children of the ’80s.
7. THE ABBEY, by Chris Culver. (Chris Culver.) Against orders, a former homicide detective begins an investigation into his niece’s murder.
8. THE MILL RIVER RECLUSE, by Darcie Chan. (Darcie Chan.) Only one man knows an abused widow’s secret, which revealed will change many lives in her Vermont town.
9. SARAH'S KEY, by Tatiana de Rosnay. (St. Martin’s.) A contemporary American journalist investigates what happened to a little girl during the roundup of Jews in Paris in 1942.
10. A GAME OF THRONES, by George R. R. Martin. (Random House.) In the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are mustering.
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