The New York Times Bestseller List is compiled by the news department of that newspaper. Exactly how they reach their list is a trade secret, but apparently they contact various chain and independent booksellers to determine what books individuals are buying as opposed to bulk buying. (At least once, it's believed, someone discovered which stores were polled and skewered the results by going to the stores and buying copies of specific books to up their standing on the list.)
Why should New York have all the fun? We decided to check the reserve list for books and create our own list to reflect local interest. What follows is the Bristol Public Library's Top Twelve Books on Reserve. (Please imagine a drum roll here.) Counting down we have:
12. Unwritten Laws by Greg Iles
11. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
10. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
9. I Am Half Sick of Shadows: a Flavia de Luce Novel by C. Alan Bradley
8. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
7. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
6. The Drop by Michael Connelly
5. Bonnie by Iris Johansen
4.Shock Wave by John Sandford
3. V is for Vengence by Sue Grafton
2. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
And the number one book on reserve is:
1. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson!
We have multiple copies of most of these titles so the wait shouldn't be too long. You can reserve books online, by phone or in person on your next trip to the library!