Welcome to April, and to the second quarter of 2016.
The first quarter has gone by far too quickly, and we hope you read some time books as summer turned to autumn (unless you live in Queensland, in which case we're terribly sorry but autumn is not quite with you yet). Writers Festival programs have been announced, publishers are well and truly thinking about what books we'll be giving and receiving as gifts come Christmas, and many of the year's best books are still ahead of us.
Over the coming weeks we'll be bringing you some lists of our second quarter highlights, but for now let's take a look at what has been racing off our shelves over the past week.
Our top ten best-selling books for the week ending Saturday 2 April were:
1. The Road to Ruin by Niki Savva
2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
3. All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
4. The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet by Dr Michael Mosley
5. The Treehouse Fun Book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
6. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
7. Crazy Weird by Anh Do
8. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
9. Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner
10. Penguin Bloom by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive
This is one of the more eclectic top ten lists we've had in recent months. We have an #AusPol (Australian politics, for those of you who don't have a Twitter account) book; fiction for adults, teens, and children; a book about blood sugar levels; non-fiction for adults and children; and a moving tale of how a bird helped heal a broken family.
Say what you will about Australian readers and their preference to read books that have big screen counterparts, but a list such as this one only strengthens our belief that Australians just love a good story, even if it doesn't yet have a film release date, and that there's nothing like a good story to bring people across all generations together.
You can't ask for much more than that on a Monday.