Cayman’s top ten best-sellers

The
top 10 best-sellers at Books & Books in Camana Bay cover a wide range of
topics and genres.

1. Burned by PC & Kristin Cast

Burned is the seventh instalment of
the House of Night series which tells the story of 16-year-old Zoey Redbird as
she leaves her family in Oklahoma and moves into the House of Night, a boarding
school for other fledgling vampyres like her.

In Burned, everything Zoey has ever
stood for is falling apart, and there is nothing she can do about it. Trapped
in the Otherworld, it seems like Zoey might not have the strength or will to
get back in time to set the world to rights. Can her friends face their own struggles
and enemies in time to bring her back?

2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Diary
by Jeff Kinney

Even though it’s now available on
DVD, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is still a best-selling book. Adapted from a series
of web cartoons, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is interspersed with illustrations and
laugh-out-loud moments as readers follow middle-schooler Greg Heffley through
an academic year of preteen drama after his mother forces him to start a diary.

3. Little Blue Book by Fred Burton

Both a story about the history of
one of the world’s most endangered species of iguana, the Blue Iguana, and
about the author himself, Little Blue Book has garnered international attention
and is high on the list of local best-sellers.

Filled with illustrations and
photographs, Little Blue Book is as visually appealing as it is an interesting
read. Although written by an expert in the field, Little Blue Book is not
bogged down with scientific gibberish, but is instead highly personal and
accessible.

4. Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s
Nest by Steig Larsson

The final chapter in the author’s
Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is a powerful
conclusion to the trilogy which has attracted many local fans.

Lisbeth Salander is alive, but she
is the prime suspect in a series of murders. Placing a great deal of trust on
the journalist Mikael Blomkvist, the mystery that has enthralled readers of
this series begins to unfold.

5. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by
Steig Larsson

The first book in Steig Larsson’s
Millennium Trilogy, readers are introduced to Mikael Blomkvist a journalist
whose reputation is fast failing. An offer to repair his damaged name connects
him with the rebellious Lisbeth Salander as he investigates a cold case that
has yet to be solved after almost forty years.

This was the novel that launched
the crime-thriller trilogy that has achieved consistent popularity among local
readers.

6. Girl Who Played with Fire by
Steig Larsson

Lisbeth Salander returns in the
second instalment of the author’s Millennium Trilogy. If she wants to stay
alive, Lisbeth must keep one step ahead of the game as she looks into the
mystery surrounding her own past and the deaths of a couple set to expose the
key players in Sweden’s sex trafficking industry. Whether she will manage to
survive will keep readers on the edge of their seats and anxious for the third
and final chapter of the series.

7. Dragon Can’t Dance by Earl
Lovelace

Every year, Carnival gives
Trinidadians a chance to enter a fantasy world of costume, music, and dance. In
this world, Aldrick, the Dragon King, reigns supreme. But the traditional ways
of the people are being challenged by the greedy ways of corporations seeking
to transform Carnival into a tourist-friendly event, and as young Sylvia
threatens to usurp Cleothilde, the aged Carnival Queen. The conflict is
contagious and infects even Fisheye, who transforms the steel pans of his
fellow musicians into drums of war.

Dragon Can’t Dance was recently the
topic of discussion by the Caribbean Reading Club at Books & Books.

8. Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel
Allende

A vivid historical novel rich with
period details and a fascinating array of characters, Island Beneath the Sea
begins in the Haitian city of Saint Domingue just a few years before a bloody
revolution would turn the island into a free republic. The story follows the
journey of Zarité, a mulatto slave, as she travels from Haiti to New Orleans.

Although criticised as a novel of
immense detail and little substance, Island Beneath the Sea has captivated
local audiences.

9. Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz
Zalon

Although Angel’s Game is a story of
its own, those who have read the author’s earlier novel, The Shadow of the
Wind, will find even more meaning in this suspenseful story of David Martin. A
poor author who rises to become a celebrated author and reporter, David’s life
takes a series of unfortunate turns until he finds himself the suspect in a
series of brutal murders.

Angel’s Game echoes the success of
crime thrillers among local readers.

10. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

A fresh perspective on the
notorious and bloody reign of King Henry VIII comes from that of Thomas
Cromwell, the sovereign’s right hand man.

Although it has been claimed that
Hilary Mantel’s story is weighed down by details of family lineage, and the
king’s defeats and successes in battle and politics, local readers seem to have
been struck by the eloquent mixture of fact and fiction as the author fills in
the blanks on one of history’s many mysterious royal aides.

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