HOUSE OF BOOKS carries all of The New York Times Best Sellers, Fiction and Non-Fiction, as well as the Regional Indie Best Sellers, updated weekly.  

Please note: House of Books is open on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please checkout our staff picks here.

New this week to The New York Times hard cover fiction best seller list, in the #1 spot, (December 9th) is Fire And Blood by George R.R. Martin.   Set 300 years before the events in A Game of Thrones, this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Remaining in the #1 spot for the second week  (December 9th) on The New York Times hardcover non-fiction best seller list, is Becoming by Michelle Obama.  The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

6th Annual Gingerbread Festival!!

Kent will once again be the scene for one of the largest Gingerbread Festivals in Connecticut! Dozens of gingerbread creations will be revealed in participating shops in Kent throughout the month of December. Sponsored by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, Kent Barns and Foreign Cargo.

The whole town will take part in this sugary sweet celebration. Everyone is invited to follow the Gingerbread Walk through town to view imaginative and ingenious gingerbread delights. Visitors can enjoy the displays as they navigate the gingerbread map and solve the new riddle the Ginger Girls have cooked up this year. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite creation.  For more information go to www.Kentct.com

Here at House of Books we have The Nutcracker, a beautiful piece created by local resident Anne Vance.  Be sure to stop by and see this lovely gingerbread display.  At House of Books we have a unique selection of holiday gifts, toys, puzzles, calendars, journals, candles and of course books, the latest and the classics.

Cookbooks make a great holiday gift and we have the newest one from everyone’s favorite chef, Ina Garten – Cook Like A Pro.  In this new collection of fool-proof recipes, Ina brings readers’ cooking know-how to the next level by answering questions, teaching techniques, and explaining her process right in the margin of each recipe.


In her new book, How To Be A Good Creature, A Memoir In Thirteen Animals, Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals – her friends – and the truths revealed by their grace.  She also explores vast themes; the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all how to be a good creature.  This lovely book makes a great holiday gift.