Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1. “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown: $30): A young man clings to a painting years after surviving an explosion at a museum that killed his mother.
2. “The Gods of Guilt,” by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: $28): Defense attorney Mickey Haller investigates the murder of a prostitute he thought he’d rescued.
3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck,” by Jeff Kinney (Abrams: $13.95): After best friend Rowley ditches him, Greg turns his friend-finding mission over to fate.
4. “Sycamore Row,” by John Grisham (Doubleday: $28.95): Racial tensions arise again in this return to the Mississippi setting of “A Time to Kill.”
5. “The Luminaries,” by Eleanor Catton (Little, Brown: $27): The fate of a prostitute is interrupted when an Englishman arrives in Gold Rush-era New Zealand in 1886.
6. “The Signature of All Things,” by Elizabeth Gilbert (Viking: $28.95): The botanist daughter of a 19th century Philadelphia family finds romance.
7. “S.,” by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst (Mulholland Books: $35): An experiment in storytelling with two students trying to decode an old novel.
8. “The Flamethrowers,” by Rachel Kushner (Scribner: $26.99): A young artist navigates turmoil in Manhattan and Italy during the late ‘70s.
9. “Tenth of December: Stories,” by George Saunders (Random House: $26): Short stories examining what happens when we are brought up short by life.
10. “Allegiant,” by Veronica Roth (Katharine Tegen Books: $19.99): The Tris and Tobias love story concludes in this final book of the Divergent trilogy.
1.“David and Goliath,” by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $29): Anecdotes illustrate how underdogs and misfits gained advantage through adversity.
2.“I Am Malala,” by Malala Yousafzai (Little, Brown: $26): The story of the 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for standing up for her right to an education.
3.“My Promised Land,” by Ari Shavit (Spiegel & Grau: $28): A look at the state of Israel through its defining conflicts and the author’s personal history.