This week in Non-Fiction the proportions of the chart made up of Self Help, Recipes and similar books used for personal improvement, far exceed any other grouping. There are also some History books doing well, with some niches and trends there pulling a lot more of the weight than seems possible. And modern Politics has plenty of readers interested enough to pick up a book or two.
This week the most popular self help books are covering topics like Mental Health and Mental Improvement, like, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey, or Shelle Rose Charvet’s, Words that Change Minds. But also, books promising to help people become healthier, thinner, or fitter are being read in high numbers, with dozens of books in the chart that promise to fix this thing or that thing about a person’s physical attributes.
This leads us into Recipe Books, some of which also promise to make you healthier, like, Melissa Hartwig’s, The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom, but others are more demure in their promises, merely saying that the food will taste good, like, Betty Crocker Lost Recipes: Beloved Vintage Recipes for Today’s Kitchen, which has returned to the charts. Whether they are promising to save your life or just your taste buds, recipe books are doing very well this week, especially those aimed at making food quickly or for a particular niche need.
Books about the rich and famous are on a downwards trend this week, they are still popular enough to find themselves on the list, but more of those who are celebrated in such a way are famous for less and less happy reasons. There are several books about famous individuals who are in the midst of scandals, and modern day American Politics is a popular niche as people read to explain what they are hearing about on the news. One such example is the book by famd crime author, James Patterson, where he investigates the real life crimes of Jeffey Epstein, Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein.
In comparison, a book focusing on the spiritual beliefs of the beloved Mr Rogers, is also doing well. Amy Hollingsworth’s, The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the World’s Most Beloved Neighbor, is being read by a vast number of fans. This shows that it is not just scandal and stories of cruelty which people are attracted to, but also books which celebrate and explain people with less unhappy histories.
History books this week are still heavily focused on the events around World War 2, and unlike other weeks there is barely anything else to compete with it as a topic. It really does show that the best way to keep a book in the charts in Non-Fiction is to write about WW2.
So what to make from all of this? Well, it is tempting to say that if you want a foolproof way to write a winning book for the Non-Fiction charts then you should write a self help book where you mix extracts from the memoirs of the famous, with real life writing from WW2. If you can manage that, congrats. If not, then I would recommend the old favourite of writing experts, find a subject you know you can tell a good tale about, and write that.
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