With temperate summer heat finally upon us, it’s time to take a book to the beach or a park bench. Here are the metro area’s bestsellers.

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — July 1, 2012

(Numbers in brackets represent weeks on the list)

(Click on the author’s name to be linked to Book World’s review)

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP'S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath [84]

2. THE CIRCLE MAKER: PRAYING CIRCLES AROUND YOUR BIGGEST DREAMS AND GREATEST FEARS

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson [5]

3. ACHIEVABLE DREAM COLLEGE BOARD LESSONS ON CREATING GREAT SCHOOLS

(College board, $24.99). By Gaston Caperton [1]

4. BARACK OBAMA: THE STORY

(Simon & Schuster, $32.50). By David Maraniss. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist chronicles a life lived large. [3]

5. LEADOCRACY HIRING MORE GREAT LEADERS (LIKE YOU) INTO GOVERNMENT

(Greenleaf, $19.95). By Geoff Smart. [1]

6. JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE

(Integrity, $15.99). By Sarah Young. A devotional of daily readings.

7. AN AMERICAN SON

(Sentinel, $26.95). By Marco Rubio [1]

8. WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL

(Knopf, $25.95). By Cheryl Strayed [2]

9. THE ADMIRALS: NIMITZ, HALSEY, LEAHY, AND KING: THE FIVE-STAR ADMIRALS WHO WON THE WAR AT SEA

(Little Brown, $29.99). By Walter R. Borneman [1]

10. THE AMATEUR: BARACK OBAMA IN THE WHITE HOUSE

(Regnery, $27.95). By Edward Klein. The journalist takes the president to task for his record to date. [8]




FICTION HARDCOVER

1. GONE GIRL

(Crown, $25). By Gillian Flynn. A model couple has their marriage crumble when the wife vanishes and the husband is a prime suspect. [5]

2. THE NEXT BEST THING

(Atria, $26.99). By Jennifer Weiner. The business maw of Hollywood crush the dreams of a young screenwriter. [1]

3. WICKED BUSINESS

(Bantam, $28). By Janet Evanovich. A ancient relic that wields the power of lust is an object of desire in this second Lizzy and Diesel novel. [3]

4. SUMMERLAND

(Reagan Arthur, $26.99). By Elin Hilderbrand. A car crash torments the teenagers involved. [2]

5. MISSION TO PARIS

(Random House, $27). By Alan Furst. A Hollywood star is more than just a pretty face while on set in a city overshadowed by war. [3]

6. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

(Bantam, $35). By George R. R. Martin. After almost six years, a new installment in the series “A Song of Ice and Fire.”[17]

7. CRIMINAL

(Delacorte, $27). By Karin Slaughter. New deaths evoke the m.o. of a serial killer last heard from four decades ago [1]

8. CALICO JOE

(Doubleday, $24.95). By John Grisham. A tale of father and son, redemption and the great American pastime — baseball. [13]

9. BLOODLINE: A SIGMA FORCE NOVEL

(William Morrow, $27.99) By James Rollins. Sigma Force is sent in to rescue a kidnapped American woman in Somalia. [1]

10. THE AGE OF MIRACLES

(Random House, $26). By Karen Thompson Walker. The experiences of a teenage girl before Armageddon. [2]



NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER’S BERLIN

(Broadway, $16). By Erik Larson [10]

2. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. [25]

3. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

(Broadway, $16). By Rebecca Skloot. How one woman’s death from cervical cancer in 1951 led to the creation of the prodigious HeLa cell line. [66]

4. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. [114]

5. THE OTHER WES MOORE

(Spiegel & Grau, $15). By Wes Moore. Two boys with the same name, born a year apart , with similar childhoods, become very different adults. [1]

6. TO HEAVEN AND BACK: THE TRUE STORY OF A DOCTOR’S EXTRAORDINARY WALK WITH GOD

(WaterBrook, $14.99). By Mary C. Neal [3]

7. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

(Harper, $14.99). By Gretchen Rubin. What happened when a lawyer, writer and mom set out to improve her life in a year. [23]

8. BUILT TO LAST: SUCCESFUL HABITS OF VISIONARY COMPANIES

(Harper Business, $17.99). By James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras. [1]

9. HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR

(Harper Perennial, $14.99). By Thomas C. Foster [11]

10. A STOLEN LIFE

(Simon & Schuster, $15). By Jaycee Dugard. Dugard recounts here years in captivity. [1]



FICTION PAPERBACK

1. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. The first of a British e-book erotic trilogy that has become a publishing phenomenon. [15]

2.FIFTY SHADES DARKER

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. Book two in the trilogy finds Ana still enraptured by Christian — and a reconciliation. [12]

3. FIFTY SHADES FREED

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. How traditional a couple are Ana and Christian? The trilogy’s conclusion answers all. [11]

4.THE LITIGATORS

(Dell $9.99; Bantam $16). By John Grisham. A small law firm tries to file a class action suit against a pharmaceutical company. [2]

5. BARED TO YOU

(Berkley, $15). By Sylvia Day. A tale billed as “erotic,” part of the author’s “Crossfire” series and sporting a cover style in the vein of E.L. James’s trilogy. [2]

6. SPLIT SECOND

(Jove, $9.99). By Catherine Coulter. A quartet of FBI agents hunts a serial killer who has ties to the infamous Ted Bundy. [2]

7. SAMURAI GAME

(Jove, $7.99). By Christine Feehan. A governmentofficial in a love parlor and the woman who must pleasure him become enmeshed with a dictator. [1]

8. SAFE HAVEN

(Grand Central, $7.99). By Nicholas Sparks. An enigmatic young woman arrives in the small North Carolina town of Southport. [5]

9. THE NIGHT CIRCUS

(Anchor, $15. By Erin Morgenstern. A duel between ilusionists who fall for each other. [1]

10. FAMILY AFFAIR

(Avon, $6.99). By Debbie Macomber. A San Francisco woman gets caught up in the family affairs of her neighbors. [2]

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 8, 2012. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2012 by Nielsen BookScan. (The right-hand column of numbers represents weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The bestseller lists in print alternate between hardcover and paperback; the complete list can be found online.)