The Carrie Diaries carries the top spot this week

Happy Mother’s Day!

And may I say, wow, I didn’t see this week’s No. 1 book coming. Actually, I’d never heard of The Carrie Diaries till it dropped right into the top spot … oops. (Never saw “Sex and the City” either. Yes, I live in a dark, dark cave. There, I said it.)

There are a couple other new additions to the lists, but I highly doubt any of us are interested in Fancy Nancy books, so that leaves Scat by Carl Hiaasen. It’s billed as an “eco-mystery,” which makes me giggle because I thought “scat” was another name for … animal droppings? Hm. (Anyone watch “Destination Truth” on Syfy? That’s what Josh calls it, anyway.)

CHAPTER BOOKS
This Week   Weeks on List
1 THE CARRIE DIARIES, by Candace Bushnell. (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, $18.99.) Carrie Bradshaw, years before “Sex and the City.” (Ages 14 and up) 1
2 THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, $17.99.) In a dystopian future, a girl fights for survival on live TV. (Ages 12 and up) 86
3 CATCHING FIRE, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, $17.99.) The protagonist of “The Hunger Games” returns. (Ages 12 and up) 35
4 RULES OF ATTRACTION, by Simone Elkeles. (Walker, $16.99.) A boy with gang ties, seeking safety, finds romance, too. (Ages 14 and up) 3
5 BIG NATE: IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF, written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce. (Harper/HarperCollins, $12.99.) Where Nate goes, trouble is never far behind. (Ages 8 to 12) 5
6 FALLEN, by Lauren Kate. (Delacorte, $17.99.) Thwarted love at boarding school. (Ages 12 and up) 21
7 THE TIME PIRATE, by Ted Bell. (St. Martin’s Griffin, $17.99.) The time traveler Nick McIver fights Nazis and helps George Washington. (Ages 9 to 12) 3
8 THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, by Jay Asher. (Razorbill/Penguin, $16.99.) Before she commits suicide a girl sends explanatory recordings to 13 people. (Ages 14 and up) 61
9 BEFORE I FALL, by Lauren Oliver. (Harper/HarperCollins, $17.99.) Last kisses, death and second chances await a teenager one fateful Friday. (Ages 14 and up) 9
10 SWEET LITTLE LIES, by Lauren Conrad. (Harper/HarperCollins, $17.99.) The heroines of “L.A. Candy” in a new Hollywood story. (Ages 14 and up) 12
 
PAPERBACK BOOKS
This Week   Weeks on List
1 THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak. (Knopf, $11.99.) A girl saves books from Nazi burning. Excerpt (Ages 14 and up) 138
2 L.A. CANDY, by Lauren Conrad. (HarperCollins, $9.99.) Excitement in TV land. (Ages 14 and up) 17
3 IF I STAY, by Gayle Forman. (Speak/Penguin, $8.99.) A young cellist falls into a coma after she suffers an accident. (Ages 12 and up) 4
4 SCAT, by Carl Hiaasen. (Knopf, $8.99.) An eco-mystery, with a dismal swamp and wild characters who are not always what they seem. (Ages 9 to 12) 1
5 THREE CUPS OF TEA: YOUNG READERS EDITION, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. (Puffin/Penguin, $8.99.) A former climber builds schools in Pakistani and Afghan villages. (Ages 9 to 12) 66
6 THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, by Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Ellen Forney. (Little, Brown, $8.99.) A young boy leaves his reservation for an all-white school. (Ages 12 and up) 55
7 NICK OF TIME, by Ted Bell. (Square Fish, $7.99.) A time machine, plus pirates and Nazis. (Ages 9 to 12) 3
8 CLASSY, by Derek Blasberg. (Razorbill, $16.99.) Advice on how to be a lady in fashion, friendship and love. (Ages 12 and up) 2
9 FANCY NANCY AND THE SENSATIONAL BABYSITTER, by Jane O‘Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. (HarperFestival/HarperCollins, $3.99.) Nancy”s evening takes an unexpected turn. (Ages 4 to 8 ) 1
10 FANCY NANCY AND THE LATE, LATE, LATE NIGHT, by Jane O’Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. (HarperFestival/HarperCollins, $3.99.) The celebrity lifestyle leaves Nancy exhausted. (Ages 4 to 8 ) 1

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