What’s Selling

According to Bookscan, the top 15 romance bestsellers for the week ending February 26th were:

1 IMPOSSIBLE, Danielle Steel
2 CORDINA’S ROYAL FAMILY: GABRIELLA & ALEXANDER, Nora Roberts
3 RED LILY, Nora Roberts
4 THE QUINN BROTHERS: SEA SWEPT/RISING TIDES, Nora Roberts
5 JUDE’S LAW, Lori Foster
6 THE MACGREGORS: ALL THE POSSIBILITIES\ONE MAN’S ART, Nora Roberts
7 THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE, Stephanie Laurens
8 THE BAREFOOT PRINCESS, Christina Dodd
9 SEX, LIES, AND ONLINE DATING, Rachel Gibson
10 BREAKWATER, Carla Neggers
11 BLACK ROSE, Nora Roberts
12 HEARTS DIVIDED, Debbie Macomber, Katherine Stone, Lois Faye Dyer
13 BLUE DAHLIA, Nora Roberts
14 THE HUNT, Allison Brennan
15 THE QUINN LEGACY, Nora Roberts

My thoughts and observations:

-Danielle Steel? Really?
-7 out of 15 of these are by Nora Roberts…and notice that #4 and #15 are really the same book, one being trade and one being mass market. That borders on silliness.
-Allison Brennan is a new author and look at her go!
-Do you see how high up Lori Foster’s Jude’s Law is and have I mentioned that I’m in a book with her in April…yes? Have you gotten that point yet?
-Carla Neggers is on there. I love her stuff. She’s one of those authors I always read. She plugs along and, until now, I didn’t think she received as much attention as she deserved. Looks like I’m not the only one who likes her work.
-While I own a few of these, I haven’t read any except Nora’s Quinn family, and I read those back when they were released as separate novels.
-I’ve never read Laurens, Dodd or Gibson. Haven’t even managed to buy anything from any of them.

One could get the impression that I’m out of step with what the majority of romance readers are buying…

3 Responses to “What’s Selling”

  1. I’m sorry. I just find this so discouraging. That Roberts holds nearly 50% of the spots. I know it’s not her “fault”, but how in the world is anyone else supposed to even get a chance? It’s like going into Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors and finding that 15 of the 31 ice cream bins are full of vanilla. If she wrote a book full of nothing but “blah blah blah blah”, do you think it would show up on this list automatically, because of her name alone?

    Yeah, I know, I’m having a big breakfast of bittercakes this morning. :)

  2. It’s called flooding the market so that newbies can’t get in. Kinda like how there’s really only 2 soap makers, Proctor & Gamble and Unilever, in the world, but dozens and dozens of brands of soap.

    That’s if you take the extremist point of view.

    I’ve read The Hunt, a couple of the Roberts books, but I don’t plan on even touching any of the rest.

  3. You aren’t the only one.

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