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Pre-Christmas Toy Sale Extravaganza


Save now on games, legos, science kits, dress up, infant and baby, puzzles, plush animals, building toys, craft kits, art sets, and much more.


Take 25% off your entire toy purchase 

October 22 through October 26


 Downtown Book and Toy, Stonecrest Book and Toy, Lebanon  Books, Rolla Books and Toys, Quincy Books, and Reader's World  in Sedalia and Lee's Summit.




Our goal is to provide customers with a variety of choices and to promote reading and education in our communities and surrounding areas. We offer a wide variety of books, magazines, toys, games, and gifts for the entire family. Our emphasis is on customer service and friendly advice. Our family owned business started its humble beginnings in Jefferson City over fifty years ago. We thank you for your continued support and we welcome you into our bookstore family.


 New York Times Hardback Bestsellers

1 - THE LONG WAY HOME, by Louise Penny. (Minotaur.) Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, retired from the Sûreté du Québec and settled in the village of Three Pines, searches for a neighbor’s missing husband.     

2 - COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI AND HIS YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE, by Haruki Murakami. (Knopf.) A young man’s difficult coming-of-age.

3 - THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. (Little, Brown.)  A painting becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.              

4 - BIG LITTLE LIES, by Liane Moriarty. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam.) Who will end up dead, and how, when three mothers with children in the same school become friends?     

5 - THE BROKEN EYE, by Brent Weeks. (Orbit.) A fantasy sequel to “The Black Prism” and “The Blinding Knife.”    

6 - ADULTERY, by Paulo Coelho. (Knopf.)  A married journalist risks everything when she embarks on an affair.  

7 - MEAN STREAK, by Sandra Brown. (Grand Central.) A North Carolina pediatrician is held captive by a mysterious man.

8 - ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr. (Scribner.) The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.    

9 - WE ARE NOT OURSELVES, by Matthew Thomas. (Simon & Schuster.) Three generations of a New York Irish-American family wrestle with economic and domestic aspirations and, finally, with a terrible disease.                         


10 - THE 6TH EXTINCTION, by James Rollins. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) The 10th Sigma Force novel offers Nazis, an ancient secret, a ticking nuclear clock and alien life-forms.            


New York Times Mass - Market Paperback Bestsellers

1 - SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham. (Dell.) A sequel, about race and inheritance, to “A Time to Kill.”  

2 - THE HOMECOMING, by Robyn Carr. (Harlequin Mira.) After a terrible accident puts an end to his professional football career, a young man returns home to Thunder Point to face his mistakes.           

3 - THE HOT ZONE, by Jayne Castle. (Jove.) Sedona's new job managing a hotel and tavern on Rainshadow Island is helping her move on from her tragic past, but a bizarre disaster has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn.  

4 - OUTLANDER, by Diana Gabaldon. (Dell.) Book 1 of the series featuring Jamie Fraser, an 18th-century Scottish warrior, and Claire Randall, a World War II-era nurse who has been sucked back across two centuries to be at his side; first published in 1991.

5 - THE BEST OF ME, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central.) Twenty-five years after their high school romance ended, a man and woman who have gone their separate ways return to their North Carolina town for the funeral of a friend.

6 - GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Broadway.) A woman disappears from her Missouri home on her fifth anniversary; is her bitter, oddly evasive husband a killer?

7 - W IS FOR WASTED, by Sue Grafton. (Berkley.) Kinsey Millhone investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths: The first victim was a shady P.I.; the second, a homeless man who’s left Kinsey $600,000.              

8 - 12TH OF NEVER, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Vision.) One week after the birth of her baby, Detective Lindsay Boxer must return to work to investigate a string of grisly murders; a Women’s Murder Club novel.        

9 - DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, by Diana Gabaldon. (Dell.) Volume 2 of the Outlander series, about an 18th-century Scottish warrior and a time-traveling World War II-era nurse; first published in 1992.        

10 - NO LIMITS, by Lori Foster. (Harlequin.) An inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he's never forgotten.

New York Times Hardback Non - Fiction Bestsellers


1 - ONE NATION, by Ben Carson with Candy Carson. (Sentinel.) Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, now a Fox News contributor, offers solutions to problems.           

2 - THE WAY FORWARD, by Paul Ryan. (Twelve.) The Wisconsin representative and 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee tells his personal story and describes plans to make government “simpler, smaller, smarter.”

3 - AMERICA, by Dinesh D'Souza. (Regnery.) A defense of America against the view that its power in the world should be diminished; also a documentary film.

4 - THE ORGANIZED MIND, by Daniel J. Levitin. (Dutton.) A professor draws on research in neuroscience to explain how organization can help us manage information in our lives.

5 - IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE, by Hampton Sides. (Doubleday.) An 1879 polar voyage gone terribly wrong.          

6 - UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

7 - I AM MALALA, by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb. (Little, Brown.) The experience of the young Pakistani advocate for women’s education shot by the Taliban.       

8 - CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, by Thomas Piketty. (Belknap/Harvard University.) A French economist predicts worsening inequality and proposes solutions.   

9 - HARD CHOICES, by Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Simon & Schuster.) Clinton’s memoir focuses on her years as secretary of state.

10 - EXCELLENT SHEEP, by William Deresiewicz. (Free Press.) A former professor denounces anxious, hoop-jumping students on a track from elite universities to Wall Street.              







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