Everybody’s talking about ... these titles from 2009

Whether you’re looking for a last-minute gift or wondering what good movies, music or books you missed this year, this list of best-sellers from 2009 should serve you well.

Everybody loves a good mystery, so with the help of librarian Catherine Greene, we start with what who-dun-its La Jollans were checking out from the Riford Library:

Most-circulated mysteries in 2009

  • “Scarecrow” by Michael Connelly
  • “Price of Blood” by Declan Hughes
  • “Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown
  • “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson
  • “Finger Lickin’ Fifteen” by Janet Evanovich
  • “Wicked Prey” by John Sandford
  • “Gone Tomorrow” by Lee Child
  • “Swimsuit” by James Patterson
  • “Tea Time for the Traditionally Built” by Alexander McCall Smith
  • “Scarpetta” by Patricia Cornwell

Best-selling nonfiction:

  • “Going Rouge” by Sarah Palin
  • “Have a Little Faith” by Mitch Albom
  • “Open” by Andre Agassi
  • “Superfreakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  • “Arguing With Idiots” by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe and others
  • “The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis
  • “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  • “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls
  • “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell” by Tucker Max
  • “The Imperial Cruise” by James Bradley

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Best-selling fiction

  • “Alex Cross” by James Patterson
  • “Pirate Latitudes” by Michael Crichton
  • “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown
  • “Under the Dome” by Stephen King
  • “Breathless” by Dean Koontz

- “Push” by Sapphire

  • “The Piano Teacher” by Janice Y.K. Lee
  • “The Shack” by William P. Young
  • “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson
  • “Bed of Roses” by Nora Roberts

* The Twilight Saga Collection by Stephanie Meyer was not on the New York Times best-seller list, but does appear on other lists.

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Children’s holiday literature

  • “Splendiferous Christmas” by Jane O’Connor
  • “Lego Star Wars” by Simon Beecroft
  • “Nubs” by Brian Dennis, Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson
  • “The Christmas Sweater” adapted by Chris Schoebinger from the story by Glenn Beck
  • “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore

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Top-selling DVDs

  • “Up,” directed by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
  • “Inglourious Basterds,” directed by Quentin Tarantino
  • “The Hangover,” directed by Todd Phillips
  • “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” directed by David Yates
  • “Julie & Julia,” directed by Nora Ephron
  • “Monsters vs. Aliens,” directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
  • “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” directed by Carlos Saldanha
  • “The Ugly Truth” directed by Robert Luketic
  • “Night at the Museum,” directed by Shawn Levy
  • “Food, Inc.,” directed by Robert Kenner

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Top-grossing movies

  • “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
  • “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
  • “Up”
  • “The Hangover”
  • “Star Trek”
  • “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”
  • “Monsters vs. Aliens”
  • “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”
  • “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”
  • “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian”

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Best-selling albums

  • “The Carter III” by Lil’ Wayne
  • “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
  • “Fearless” by Taylor Swift
  • “Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus” by Kid Rock
  • “Black Ice” by AC/DC
  • “Taylor Swift” by Taylor Swift
  • “Death Magnetic” by Metallica
  • “Paper Trail” by T.I.
  • “Sleep Through the Static” by Jack Johnson
  • “I Am ... Sasha Fierce” by Beyonce

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