Saturday, May 12, 2012

Your Weekly Update on Top Charting Books

The magic number is 10 for E.L. James. For 10 weeks, Fifty Shades of Grey has been #1 for combined print and e-book fiction, with Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Free in spots #2 and #3. The Fifty Shades trilogy have the top 3 spots in also best selling e-book and best selling trade mass market.

Not even Charlaine Harris with Deadlock, the twelfth book in her very popular Sookie Stackhouse series (True Blood, season 5 starts June 6th on HBO, holla) can unseat Fifty. But Charlaine shouldn't be too upset, Deadlock is in the #1 spot for best selling hardcover.

I assume Fifty Shades of Grey is breaking a record being in the #1 spot on the NY Times list for so many weeks. Does anyone know what book holds the record for being #1 on the Times list for consecutive weeks? Already James has broken one because a romance novel has never been this long as #1. I can also assume many lit-fic snobs are up in arms over this. Neener neener.

Nora Roberts is also at #4 with her new release, which again as the queen of romance has failed to unseat Fifty Shades with The Last Boyfriend that's more about the love a woman has for an inn than the hero from what I hear. Unfortunately I'm not a fan of Nora's contemporary romances, only her In Death book as JD Robb. Go figure.

The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst is still going strong at #12.

In best selling hardcover, Sherrilyn Kenyon makes the list at #14 with Born in Silence and Amanda Quick, who I used to eat up when I was a teen is at #17 with Crystal Gardens, the first book in her new, Ladies of Lantern Street series. The cover for this book cracks me up because what's the point of having a pseudonym if you're going to list your other pen name? Janyne Ann Krentz is full in your face while the Amanda Quick name is smaller. Seriously, WTF? Why not say it's a Krentz book instead of a Quick book?

Some poor readers are going to be very confused thinking this book was written by a duo, especially if they don't note "Writing as" and see both author's names. Pretty silly if you ask me.

The top 5 spots in e-books is the same as the combo fiction and ebook list. Rachel Gibson is at #15 with Crazy on You and Susan Mallery is at #19 with Sunrise Point. Self published author, Jamie McGuire is moving up the charts at #22 with Beautiful Disaster.

Sylvia Day's very similar type Fifty Shades of Grey book, Bared to You is gaining speed at #25.

Notable Mention: The best selling mass-market paperback list is filled with romance! But on book caught my eye because the author is new to me and the key words used are: "magical cats'. Sophie Kelly is at #24 with Copycat Killing, her third book in a series I never heard off called, A Magical Cats Mystery.

Synopsis: Everyone thinks their cats are special—but Owen and Hercules have powers that go far beyond an adorable look or an irresistible purr. Along with their owner, librarian Kathleen Paulson, they have an uncanny instinct for solving crimes...

It's been raining cats and dogs in Mayville Heights. The small town's been deluged, and now the local artists' co-op is on the verge of flooding. Kathleen has been up all night helping her friends move their creations to the safety of the upstairs studio.

The artwork survives, but when controversial mask maker Jaeger Merrill is found drowned in the co-op basement, Kathleen questions whether the death was accidental. After she discovers the artist was using an assumed name, she realizes she can't actually assume anything about him. With the help of handsome detective Marcus Gordon—and her cats' extraordinary powers of detection—it's up to Kathleen to unmask a killer.

Has anyone read  Sophie Kelly and her cat books? Is it worth checking out?

Onto the chart topping USA Today best selling books...

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy holds the top 3 spots with The Last Boyfriend and Deadlock following.

Self published author, Tracey Garvis-Graves is at #21 with One the Island and Jamie McGuire at #91 with Beautiful Disaster.

Notable Mention: Young adult author, Kristin Cashore's Bitterblue has some major buzz behind it and it paid off charting at #37. This is the third book in the Graceling Realm series.

Synopsis: Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart

I think I counted at least 5 Nora Roberts books in the top 100. Go Nora!

It's Carly Phillips' first week on the list at #41 with Karma, the third book in her Serendipity series.

And there you have it! The best books of the week heating up the two most important book charts most authors aspire to be on.



bafriva said...

Just curious--what edition is that Amanda Quick cover for? It sure isn't the US market hardback!

Barb in Maryland

KB/KT Grant said...

Maybe the UK? I saw it on Goodreads. I like this one better.

IC said...

Of course FSoG is going to remain at the top of the charts. The way all the American media is promoting it (from The View to Ryan Seacrest to Dr. Oz) I am not surprised if it stays where it is till the end of the year. They're the authors biggest marketing.

KB/KT Grant said...

IC: Most buzzed books, especially fiction is released in hardcover, so unless one of those books sells hundreds of thousands in week including ebook, 50 Shades won't be unseated for a very long time.

Bea said...

I read the first Magical Cats book and thought it was ok, nothing special. A friend of mine, on the other hand, really enjoyed it.

IC said...

I agree, especially considering the NY Times measures based on velocity of sales from what I know.