Welcome to Fiction Friday.
I thought for fun today instead of excerpts, I would look for popular novels in four different places. Last week I listed ten novels from the most recent entrants in my July book giveaway. In order to be eligible to win one of three copies of Somewhere Between Luck and Trust, Book Two of the Goddesses Anonymous series, my newsletter readers had to email me with the name of a book on their summer reading list.
Today I thought it would be fun to check other sources for books to consider for your own list.
First I went to Goodreads, a website where readers can and do make their opinions known. Goodreads has a “popular” menu and the number one spot today was Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire. This romance is #1 in the Maddox Brothers series about a woman who tends bar and a man who works in a tattoo parlor.
While I’m not familiar with McGuire’s work, from the review she clearly already has a following for other series of novels she’s written. Goodreads is certain this one will be a huge hit, as well.
Next I visited the USA Today Bestseller List where I found The Fault in Our Stars in the number one slot. The USA Today list combines fiction and non-fiction and doesn’t segment books into types.
This novel has been a major bestseller on every list, and right now it’s also tops at Amazon, which was my third source.
My book club has already put this one on our to-be-read schedule for the year. The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel, a young woman with terminal cancer and the young man who changes her life. I’ve seen the movie trailer and look forward to both novel and film. How about you?
Finally I visited the New York Times list, possibly the most prestigious of all. The Times does divide lists into categories, so I visited the fiction list, which includes both print and ebooks. Number 1 this week is Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis. The story is about Emmy Dockery, an FBI researcher obsessed with finding the connection to hundreds of unsolved cases.
Do you choose books by reading bestseller lists? Do you choose by the recommendations of friends? Of the three books I’ve listed here, which sounds like the one you might want to try first?
So many factors go into making a book a bestseller. If you’ve read any of these, let us know what you thought. Now that I’ve read the blurb about Invisible, I might just look for this one myself the next time I’m in the mood for a thriller.
If you want to purchase any of these novels here are some online links:
To find an independent bookseller near you who has these books, go here.