This week in the General Fiction category there are a lot of repeats in what is selling well and what trends and niches are popular. There are a lot of new books, but the trends and niches are pretty much the same.

Thrillers, Mysteries, and Suspense are still thrilling audiences, with the portion of books in the chart aligning with these genres appearing to stay at a high number no matter the week. A perfect example of this is the 19th book in the Scott Harvath series, by Brad Thor. This book incorporates the popular military and assassin niches into the always popular trend of violent revenge. Serial Killers are also popular in this niche, or at least those that hunt them are, L.T. Vargus’, Dead End Girl, is one such novel proving popular. Meanwhile, Keith Houghton’s, Don’t Even Breathe, is tying the trend of backwards looking mysteries back to the Mystery genre.

This trend continues in, A Fire Sparkling, by Julianne MacLean, where a modern woman finds a photo of her grandmother which sets her on a path to finding out more about what happened to her in the Second World War and what led to that photo being taken. Readers’ continued fascination with WW2 is underlined by the historical novel, The Things We Cherished, where a pair of attorneys  follow the history of a lost timepiece to find out the truth about its owner.

Romance is still a massive part of the Fiction genre and is showing it’s power in this week’s chart. There is a vast amount of choice for the Romance reader this week, with Second Chance Stories proving especially popular. The Perfect Dress, by Carolyn Brown, features a Plus Size Heroine, a Small Town, a Single Dad, and plenty of other popular tropes and cliches. And while this novel is set in the modern day, it is still the land of Cowboys that is proving popular with readers who have also picked out the book, The Silver Widows, by C. J. Petit, a Western Romance featuring a feud over the ownership of a silver mine.

Elsewhere in Romance, deals, bargains, and Marriages of Convenience, are selling plenty of copies, with books like Winter Renshaw’s, The Marriage Pact, Crystal Kaswell’s, The Baby Bargain, and in a slight change of tone, Innocence, by Stasia Black. This last book is described as  a “Dark Mafia Romance”, showing that the Dark Romance trend is still going strong.

Family Sagas are doing well, especially when matched with the Women’s Fiction genre. Also in this category, women leaving their lives behind to start afresh somewhere new, and, generally, falling in love along the way. This can be seen in the novel, Evvie Drake Starts Over, by Linda Holmes, and, in a step away from Women’s Fiction, but still under the same Literary umbrella is, Recessional, by James A. Michener.

And of course there are the classic novels, those that pop up in the charts thanks to decades of continued interest and television shows and movies, such as Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale, and J. R. R. Tolkien’s, The Lord of the Rings. Both these books are a part of the thin slice of Science Fiction and Fantasy in the General Fiction category. Harry Potter is also represented on the list with the first novel in the series, but at this point the shocking thing would be if it disappeared. It is hard to label this as a win for the Science Fiction and Fantasy categories, or if it is a win for the movie and television companies.

So, this week has had some varied news for readers and writers alike. The fascination with WW2 seems to have returned, to an extent, but the focus is clearly on the way people survived it and how they lived (and lived with themselves) after. Romance is proving popular, as ever, and there are some definite trends for people to catch hold onto. A thread of mystery is being woven through a great deal of the narratives in this week’s book chart, it is a popular secondary category for a lot of the novels on the list this week. 

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