It looks like another great week for romance hitting some major book lists.
For the seventh week in a row, Fifty Shades of Grey is #1 and Fifty Shades Freed is #2 on the New York Times Combined Print & E-Book Fiction list. Fifty Shades Freed is #4. Not even John Grisham with his first week on the list with Calico Joe at #3 can unseat Fifty Shades of Grey. Usually a John Grisham novel will hit the coveted #1 spot. I wonder what he thinks about this?
But he shouldn't be too upset because he holds the #1 spot for hard cover. Also, the Fifty Shades trilogy still holds the top 3 spots for best selling ebook fiction and Fifty Shades of Grey is still #1 for best selling Paperback Trade Fiction.
Jennifer Probst keeps moving up the charts with The Marriage Bargain. She's now at # 10 for combined print and ebook and at #8 for best selling ebook.
Ellora's Cave superstar author, Laurann Dohner must have a mega following because she comes in at #12 with Tiger on the combined print and ebook and at #9 for ebooks.
Notable mention: The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan is at #25 for the first week for combine print and ebook and #12 for best selling hardcover and #19 for ebook. Jessica at Read React Review has a review about The Lifeboat that should really pique your interest. This book was on my radar, mainly because it shares the same title and idea of one of my favorite Hitchcock movies, the 1944 classic Lifeboat every film buff should watch.
After eleven months, Jamie McGuire, who is very open and opinionated when it comes to less than stellar reviews about her YA book, Beautiful Disaster (or now she's saying it isn't a YA, so I have no idea what genre this book is) has finally made the best selling ebook list at #33. I have to give Jamie major kudos because her book is the perfect example, just like Fifty Shades of Grey, how word of mouth can make a book a success. Also shows that for some, bad author behavior online by arguing with reviewers and saying they're wrong when giving their opinion about a book or what genre the book may or may not be doesn't matter in the big scheme of things.
Onto USA Today's best sellers this week...
The top ten has been the same for weeks. The Hunger Games trilogy has taken the top 3 spots, while Fifty Shades of Grey comes in at #4. Darker and Freed are at #7 and #8.
An Amish romance is at #36. The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis is about a violinist who meets and Amish man and he changes her life for the better.
Synopsis: Amelia "Amy" DeVries, a 24-year-old violinist, is disillusioned with life and love after the collapse of her long-running romance. Weary of endless rehearsals and performances, Amy sets out on a road trip through the Pennsylvania mountains. She leaves her cell phone behind so life's demands can't intrude on her solitude. She doesn't know, nor care, where she will end up.
When her car breaks down deep in the mountains, Amy realizes the flaw in her "no cell phone" plan. She abandons her car and walks the winding roads, searching for help. Following the smell of woodsmoke and the sound of music, she finds a rustic log cabin. There she meets a young Amishman--and through him a community--that will change her life forever.
Notable Mention: The cover caught my eye here and at #49. A new to me author, C.C.Hunter with her paranormal, Taken at Dusk (St. Martin's Press). This is the third book in a series.Has anyone read this series? Sounds interesting.
Synopsis: Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean. But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.
Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together. Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined.
It's been forever since I read a Fern Michaels novel. She's at #90 for the first week with Deadline.
Do you have any books you read this week that you think are worthy of being on the NY Times and USA Today?