Each week, employees at Book World of Janesville, 2451 Milton Ave., Janesville, will offer information on books available on the store’s shelves or those soon to be released. Information will be provided either in review format, through synopses of several storylines or a combination of both.

This week’s selection is provided by store employee Meadow Szoke.

“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Daughter of Chaos” by Sarah Rees Brennan

This novel by Sarah Rees Brennan, which also is the basis for a TV show on Netflix, switches perspectives in each and every chapter.

Through these changes, readers witness major character development, insight into things taking place without the knowledge of the lead character, Sabrina, and how there are truly two sides to every story. These aspects give reason to the changing perspective approach, making it widely appreciated by readers.

As the story progresses and new conflicts are introduced, each character is developed thoroughly to make them easily understandable.

One character whose development relies largely on having several chapters told in their perspective is Prudence Blackwood, who is able to develop more in the books than in the TV show because of the insight readers gain as to her personality and actions. A relatively high-strung character who constantly antagonizes Sabrina, Prudence longs for a home and family—something we don’t see much of in the TV show but which is consistently portrayed in the novels.

Another character, Nicholas Scratch, is also better developed through the chapters written from his perspective. There he bonds with another character, Harvey Kinkle, to help learn mortal ways of winning over a girl.

Harvey and another character, Rosalind Walker, are developed in a similar manner. Throughout the TV show, viewers only see what is going on in Sabrina’s day-to-day life and are therefore left out when it comes to the daily lives of the other students at Baxter High or the Academy of Unseen Arts. Since the books switch the perspectives of the characters, we get more of a full and in-depth story of their lives outside of their interaction with Sabrina.

It was beneficial to have perspectives of the novel change chapter by chapter. Aside from making the book easier to maneuver through, this gives the story depth while developing characters and providing readers with different sides to stories.


Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Nov. 13, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide. Provided by Publishers Weekly.

Hardcover fiction

1. “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” by Mitch Albom

2. “The Judge’s List” by John Grisham

3. “The Dark Hours” by Michael Connelly

4. “The Wish” by Nicholas Sparks

5. “Never” by Ken Follett

6. “Better Off Dead” by Andrew Child and Lee Child

7. “Game On” by Janet Evanovich

8. “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles

9. “Billy Summers” by Stephen King

10. “Final Spin” by Jocko Willink

Hardcover nonfiction

1. “Will” by Will Smith

2. “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Super Easy!” by Ree Drummond

3. “The President and the Freedom Fighter” by Brian Kilmeade

4. “The Dawn of Everything” by David Graeber

5. “The Storyteller” by Dave Grohl

6. “Guinness World Records 2022” by Guinness World Records

7. “Jesus Listens” by Sarah Young

8. “From Paycheck to Purpose” by Ken Coleman

9. “The Lyrics” by Paul McCartney

10. “Immune” by Philipp Dettmer


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