This week in Non-Fiction it is clear that the reading public is desperate to know more about public figures, since memoirs and biographies have taken up a significant amount of the spaces on the charts this week. Other trends and niches doing well are Self Help books, particularly those dealing with social interactions, History books, Recipe and Nutrition books, and a surprising number of fiction works which have managed to sneak in.
Memoirs and Biographies are, as said above, doing extremely well this week. In particular, biographies of historical interest seem particularly popular, and biographies of women who lived daring, dangerous, or diverting lives are selling lots of copies. Agathe Von Trapp’s, Memories Before and After the Sound of Music: An Autobiography, is doing very well. Likely because it is also bring in last week’s popular trends of Twentieth Century History and World War Two History. Also, the trend of True Crime books is continuing in this week’s charts, Harold Schechter’s, Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men, the book again combines various niches and trends into one, ensuring that many different people are drawn to it. In contrast, Michelle Obama’s auto-biography, Becoming, written in her own words, is likely to be far more inspirational to the average person. Or at least, one should hope so.
In History, the fascination with World War 2 continues, books about the battles and surviving life under the horrors of the era are selling well. However this niche is not doing as wel as it has in former weeks, it appears readers are being drawn elsewhere.
One place that they are certainly being distracted, is with the vast number of Self Help books that are on the charts this week. Within this niche there is particular interest in books on how to be a better boss (Jocko Willink and Leif Baben’s, The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win, and Kim Scott’s, Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity), to health, nutrition and how to live forever, (Joel Fuhrman’s, Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free). These books show that there is always room for more books on subjects such as these, because people are always likely to see a fault in what they are doing and wish to improve.
There is also some clear interest in books on the scandals and crimes of the world’s wealthiest people. From biographies on Elon Musk, to Sheelah Kolhatkar’s, Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street, people are being drawn to these books.
Books on religious figures and places are also being keenly sought out by readers, the Dalai Lama’s autobiography is sticking to its long term spot in the centre of the chart, while books on Christian History are pulling in readers. For example, Rodney Stark’s, Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered Rome.
Of course, many of last week’s best sellers are still doing well, and you can take a look at what was grabbing readers’ attention last week here. But over all, there has been a lot of change in the lower parts of the charts, the books in the upper parts have been moving around each other and there are fewer new books there. Has anything surprised you from this week’s Non-Fiction chart? Drop us a message in the comments if anything has!