Bestselling Books of 2013

hard luck wimpy kid It’s heartening to discover that topping the list of the bestselling books across all genres and age ranges including fiction and non-fiction last year was the 8th installment in Jeff Kinney’s middle school saga Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Hard Luck. Selling almost 2 million copies  in hardback, this heavily illustrated children’s novel outsold Dan Brown, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald and even Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James.

As is so often the case forthcoming or newly released film adaptations helped spur interest and ultimately sales in both recent novels like Kinney’s as well as old chestnuts such as Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Read the full Publisher’s Weekly article here.

Read Around the Universe. Cabra Staff Reading List Announced.

To help celebrate this year’s Book Week, we asked all Cabra College staff to nominate 10 books they’d take with them on a long space journey. We had dozens of responses and after collating the results we came up with the list below.

Image by  Kennie Louie

Image by Kennie Louie

Check the list below to see the most popular titles from several hundred staff picks, organised in order of popularity.

Title Author
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
We Need to Talk about Kevin Lionel Shriver
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas  Adams
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
The Bible Various   Artists
1984 George Orwell
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Suskind
Ice Station Matthew Reilly
The Book Thief Marcus Zusak
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg  Larsson
The Fellowship of the Ring J.R.R.  Tolkien
The Thorn Birds Colleen  McCullough
The story of Tom Brennan J. C. Burke


‘New’ F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Finally Published After 76 Years

A previously unpublished short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the famed author of The Great Gatsby has finally been published by the magazine that originally rejected it 76 years ago. The current editor of The New Yorker magazine wasted no time in publishing the story which was unearthed amongst his belongings by his grandchildren and resubmitted.