Saturday, April 14, 2012

6 Weeks at #1, FIfty Shades of Grey is Still Going Strong

Your FYI on this week's charting topping romance books...

For the sixth week in a row, E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey is #1 for the NY Times Combined Print & E-Book Fiction. Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are both #2 and #3 on this list. Not even Mary Higgins Clark with her first week on the list with The Lost Years (at #5) can unseat Fifty Shades of Grey from the top spot.

Also, Fifty Shades of Grey is #1 for best selling ebooks (Darker and Freed are in the #2 and #3 spot) and also #1 for best selling Trade Fiction.

Notable Book: I've never heard of Adriana Trigiani, but her book, The Shoemaker's Wife is #11 for it's first week of release.It's also #5 for best hardcover. Sounds like a sweeping romance. I had to laugh over the "strapping mountain boy" part.

Synopsis: The majestic and haunting beauty of the Italian Alps is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who meet as teenagers, despite growing up in villages just a few miles apart. At the turn of the last century, when Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished from his village and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Without explanation, he leaves a bereft Enza behind. Soon, Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America with her father to secure their future.

Unbeknownst to one another, they both build fledgling lives in America, Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job in Hoboken until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza, determined to forge a life without him, begins her impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House that will sweep her into the glamorous salons of Manhattan and into the life of the international singing sensation, Enrico Caruso.

From the stately mansions of Carnegie Hill, to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy, over the perilous cliffs of northern Italy, to the white-capped lakes of northern Minnesota, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever.

Jennifer Probst has a lot to celebrate about. The Marriage Bargain us #15 and has moved to the #7 spot for best selling e-books.

JR Ward's Lover Reborn dropped to #19 but is still in the top 10 best selling hardcover at #9.

Major congratulations to Julie James and Jennifer Ashley for finally becoming NY Times best-selling authors. James's About that Night is #26 and Ashley's The Duke's Perfect Wife is #27 for best selling e-books.

Under best selling mass-market paperback, Nora Roberts is #3 for Chasing Fire (1st week on list) and Christina Dodd's Betrayal is #12 (1st week on list). This list is full of many familiar romance authors. Good to know they've taken over!

USA Today Chart Topping Books...

The Huger Games Trilogy can't be beat. The three books are in the top 3 with Fifty Shades of Grey at #4. Darker is at #6 and Freed is at #8. Poor Nicholas Sparks is sandwiched in between with The Lucky One.

Debbie Macomber's A Turn in the Road is at #17 after 10 weeks on the list and Probst's The Marriage Bargain is at #31.

Julie James is at #89 with About the Night.

Isn't it great seeing so many romances make waves and top the book list charts?



Celia Juliano said...

Certainly is! I love Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap series, but am behind on her latest books. They're on my to-read list, along with Julie James and many others. Alas, I can't say the same for the 50 trilogy. And yes, I read BDSM romances.