Saturday, December 1, 2012

Your Weekly Chart Topping, Best Selling Book Report & Some Indie Books To Keep Your Eye On

Lots of fun books popping up on this week's New York Times Combined Print and E-Book Fiction Best Seller list. I wasn't really surprised to see that Janet Evanovich takes the top spot with Notorious Nineteen, the 19th book in her Stephenie Plum series. I once loved this series to pieces because it cracked me up (plus it took place in New Jersey!), but never ending same type zaniness in every single book (Stephanie's car insurance must be a $1 million from the amount of cars she destroyed) and Stephanie unable to choose between Joe or Ranger got old. But it looks like Janet's fans don't care.

David Baldacci comes in at #2 for the first week with The Forgotten. Fifty Shades of Grey is at #9 and the trilogy as a whole is still dropping in sales. But E.L. James is flying high, so high from Publisher's Weekly naming her Publishing Person of the year and making a cool $60 million this year. Who knew P2P Twilight fan fiction could be so profitable. 2013 should be a big big year with more of these types of fan fictions getting published and getting mega advances to their writers. Can't wait for when the Harry Potter erotic fan fiction starts getting sold and gains major kudos and recognition like James has.

Sylvia Day's two books in her Crossfire series that any Fifty Shades fan should love is in the top 20 along with self publish phenomenon, Raine Miller with both books (or rather novellas because they're not full length novels) from her Blackstone Affair trilogy.

Katie Ashley, Jessican Sorensen and Cherrie Lynn are still holding strong.

Congrats to Larissa Ione and her Rogue Rider, the 4th book in her Lords of Deliverance series. It's at #26 and #13 in mass-market about a former big bad nasty man who is ultimately redeemed and saved by love. I had total faith that Larissa could pull of Reseph's redemption off.

The E-Book fiction list has much of the same you would find on the combine list with a few new faces.

My prediction last week about J.A. Redmerski and her book The Edge of Never came to light. She appears on the book lit this week at #28. Other self published stars like Katie Dawes and R.L. Matthewson are in the top 40.

Onto the USA Today Best Selling books...

The current Diary of a Wimpy Kid holds the top spot, followed by Janet Evanovich and then a majority of non-fiction books. The top 20 overall has multiple romances ranging from Nora Roberts, Sylvia Day and E.L. James.

Fans of Justin Bieber will be happy to see Justin Bieber: Just Get Started at #112. You may ask, what is he just getting started on?

My predictions on some books that may hit either one of these lists in the near future:

Disarm (DISARM #1) by June Gray is heating up the charts over at B&N as in their top 100. This is a novella, not even 100 pages and priced at .99 cents, which is a very appealing buy for readers. Also an erotic romance about a woman in love with her brother's best friend, a trope I really enjoy in my books I read. Books 2-4 are already out (and chart toppers at B&N) with book 5 to come. I guess this is what you would call a serial romance ala Beth Kery and Kate Dawes. The reviews are few, but very positive.

Synopsis: 26-year-old Elsie Sherman has had a crush on her brother's best friend, Henry Logan, since she was twelve years old. Unfortunately, Henry has only ever treated her like a younger sister, stepping into her brother's shoes after he was killed in action.

That is, until one night, when one dance ignites a sensual fire between the two, leaving Elsie aroused and confused. Is she allowed to lust after her surrogate big brother who also happens to be her roommate?

But Henry, an Air Force officer, has been harboring two secrets--one will bring them together and the other will tear them apart--and it is up to Elsie to decide if their relationship is worth fighting for.

Another .99 cent book, but this one a teen book is making it's notice. Here (On the Other Side #1) by Denise Grover Swank came out on 11/7 and already has a large amount of review. The cover is very eye catching. The reviews for the most part are positive, although those not so pleased reviews mention a love triangle that fails to excite.

Synopsis: Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.

And there you have it! The top charting books for the week.



JenM said...

I broke down and bought The Edge of Never last week and I'm happy I did so. It was quite good (and had decent editing!). The leads are both sympathetic characters and although she has a tragic past, the heroine doesn't have that snarky, hard edge that seems to be popular right now. The hero is delicious - alpha without being over-the-top. It feels similar to Easy by Tammara Webber. I'd definitely recommend it and I'm sure it will be picked up by a big publisher.