The titles leaving the shelves fastest at The Village Bookstore in Mount Pleasant, N.Y., aren't related to the holidays or even to published reviews -- they're the ones customers talk about the most, employee Yvonne van Cort said. She said the current most popular books include Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," William Manchester's "The Last Lion" and Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl." "I think a lot of reasons why certain books are more popular than others is from word-of-mouth. People hear from friends and people around town that a certain book is good and you want to go read it," she said.

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