It’s the end of the week and the beginning of our new website! On here we will be assessing the eBook best seller lists and finding out what is hot and what is stone cold dead. The analytics of the publishing world are generally pretty incomprehensible, but we’ll do our best to make it make sense for our readers.
So let’s begin the round up of what eBooks are selling well this week, and let’s try and figure out what trends are making the books fly off their virtual shelves.
Thrillers and murder mysteries fill the top spots, Catherine Mckenzie’s, I’ll Never Tell, for example. In I’ll Never Tell, the MacAllister family is brought back together for the reading of their parents’ wills, twenty years after the mysterious death of a young woman. As well as Catherine Mckenzie’s novel there are a host of police procedural stories, spy novels, and dramatic family sagas with murderers hiding behind every page. However, a return to forgotten mysteries seems to be a running theme through many of the books on the charts this week. Plus, thrillers and mysteries from the point of view of women in particular seem to be doing well.
The nebulous genre known as “Women’s Fiction” is also well represented, with books like Ellie Dwyer’s Great Escape, by Diane Winger, telling tales of dramatic life changes and new paths being forged by women of every sort and every age. And every era, historical novels with similar plots also pop up more than once, like Sea of Memories, by Fiona Valpy.
In the genre of Historical Fiction there is a clear preference for the Twentieth Century and well known moments of change, such as World War Two, the Sixties, and 1920s Ireland. The characters of these novels are generally passive watchers of the events that unfold and are rarely involved in the events beyond that.
In relation to this, the few non-fiction history books on the charts are likewise focused on the Twentieth Century. Europe’s rebuilding after World War Two is covered in Keith Lowe’s Savage Continent, while the life of Allene Tew is explored in the biography, An American Princess, written by Annejet van der Zijl and translated by Michele Hutchison.
Other biographies focus on contemporary people, especially those regarded as geniuses, such as Elon Musk, in Ashlee Vance’s biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, and Tara Westover’s auto-biography, An Education.
Three modern classics are also on the chart, ranging from fifth place to thirty-sixth, and likely need little to no explanation or introduction. Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale, J. K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel, and a complete collection of Truman Capote’s short stories.
Another well known book that has rarely left the best seller’s lists over the years is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen R. Covey.
This week Fantasy features mostly young women fighting against the totalitarian norms of their worlds. The final volume in the Shadowspell Academy series by K. F. Breene and Shannon Mayer is out and reaching new heights in the charts, while the first novel in Jeff Wheeler’s The Harbinger Series, Storm Glass is drawing a lot of attention.
And last, but certainly not least, is Romance. Unsurprisingly, Romance fills a significant amount of the charts. The vast majority are contemporary fiction, based in the real world, give or take a bit of difference in the number of attractive billionaires and such. The main trends of these books appear to be;
- Accidental pregnancies,
- Marriages due to inheritances or wills,
- Relationships with family friends or employees,
- Daddy kink,
- Male billionaire power fantasies.
- Alpha Males,
- Second Chance relationships,
- Boss/Employee relationships,
- Virgin heroines,
- and the auctioning of sexual relationships.
There is a lot of overlap between these trends and the novels not set in a contemporary setting, especially;
- Daddy kink,
- Alpha Males,
- Virgin heroines,
- and Auction fantasies.
Some of the rarer, but still noticeable, trends this week are;
- Historical Highlanders,
- Bully/Victim romances,
- and Reverse Harems.
That latter one in particular crosses between a lot of the sub-genres.
And that is that. Over all, there are a lot of things to pull from the analytics and data of this week. A lot of interest in Twentieth Century history on both the fiction and non-fiction sides. This may also play into the fact that there is a lot of nostalgia being shown in what is doing well, a lot of second chance romances, secrets and mysteries from long ago being revealed, and settings from previous eras. The biographies and histories are focusing on people who have excelled beyond expectations, whether that is in science or marrying royalty. But, interestingly, a lot of the fiction also deals with young people, and women in particular, going against traditions and governments which are preventing them from flourishing. From The Handmaid’s Tale to some of the latest Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, women revolting against tyranny seems to be doing pretty well.
I hope this has been helpful for some of you out there. If it has leave a comment saying what helped, and if it hasn’t feel free to also leave a comment about what we should change!
See you next time!