1: The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson, 1,885
2: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson, 1,795
3: The Power, Rhonda Byrne, 1,659
4: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larsson, 1,614
5: The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown, 1,567
6: The Help, Kathryn Stockett, 1,353
7: Room, Emma Donoghue, 1,247
8: Pieces of My Heart, Sinead Moriarty, 1,038
9: Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert , 1,008
10: Stand by Me, Sheila O’Flanagan, 935
I love the taste of the Irish book lover; it’s quite eclectic. For every Dan Brown, there’s an Emma Donoghue (shortlisted for this year’s Booker prize). For every Rhonda Byrne (OH GOD NO!!), there’s a Kathryn Stockett. And for every chick-lit writer, there’s another…em…chick-lit writer (but by all accounts, it’s a genre we’re rather good at. So kudos to Binchy, Aherne and Moriarty).
On a personal side, I love Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. Every complex word and character. This year has been a good one for reading so far.
(Data Supplied by Nielsen BookScan taken from the Irish Consumer Market week ending 28th August 2010)