Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending July 1, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News.
We're just going to spoil this week's number-one kids' bestseller, Count to Sleep St. Louis (the latest entry in a series that includes Count to Sleep New York, Count to Sleep Chicago, Count to Sleep Washington DC, etc.): St. Louis has one Arch! And only two animals at the Zoo! Because presumably the rest died! (Or, more likely, the author and illustrator didn't bother to visit St. Louis or speak to anyone who lives here.)
We apologize. The heat is making us cranky. And we're getting sick of typing 50 Shades of Crap every week. Maybe we should read this week's top non-50 Shades bestseller, A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers, which is set in Saudi Arabia. Maybe it could put St. Louis summer weather into perspective. Or maybe we should look at Count to Sleep St. Louis again -- maybe it ends with "a million billion degrees."
In other news, the very best title on the list this week is Dragons Love Tacos.
1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James 2. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James 3. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James 4. A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers 5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 6. Wicked Business: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel by Janet Evanovich 7. I Got Your Back: A Father and Son Keep It Real About Love, Fatherhood, Family, and Friendship by Eddie Levert, Sr. and Gerald Levert with Lyah Leflore 8. Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford 9. Sew Deadly by Elizabeth Lynn Casey 10. Pulse by John Lutz
Children/YA: 1. Count to Sleep St. Louis by Adam Gamble and Joe Veno 2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 3. Divergent by Veronica Roth 4. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm 5. The Serpent's Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book 3) by Rick Riordan 6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 8. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri 9. Insurgent by Veronica Roth 10. Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka and Shane Prigmore