Times Talk (25th April 2014)

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Combined Print & E-Book Fiction: There are three things guaranteed in our lifetimes: Death, taxes and Nora Roberts snatching the number 1 spot in the first week with her latest release. The undisputed queen of romance is as popular as she is prolific, and her latest novel The Collector is one of at least five new releases in 2014 listed on her website. I’m exhausted just thinking about that. The Collector, a romantic suspense novel with shades of Rear Window, also clocks in at 752 pages, and tops both the hardback and e-book lists as well. Donna Tartt’s newly crowned Pulitzer Prize winner The Goldfinch sits at number 2 on the list, with sales of the novel doubling after the announcement. Tartt’s publisher Little, Brown have reported that combined sales so far are close to 1.5million and another printing of 150,000 copies is taking place. Tartt will certainly be kept comfortable as she takes another decade to write book 4. Elsewhere on the list, the latest Outlander novella by Diana Gabaldon, The Space Between, debuts at number 3, The Fixed Trilogy continues to sit comfortably in the top 5, last week’s number 1 Carnal Curiosity falls to 14 and J.R. Ward’s latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series has left the top 25 altogether.

Combined Print & E-Book Non-Fiction: Heaven Is For Real is the kind of title that makes the more cynical among us question what kind of books have the right to be classified as non-fiction. Nevertheless, the author’s account of his toddler son’s encounter with Jesus after an appendectomy, which has sat in the list for over 2 years now, sits at number 1 once again. You can blame the recent film for that, and I continue to be bemused as all hell (no pun intended) that Greg Kinnear is in that film. BBC journalist Katty Kay and ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman’s exploration of women in positions of leadership, Confidence Code, debuts at number 8, one place above Freakonomics, the book-slash-phenomenon that’s become a buzzword for quirky economics and their application.

Children’s Middle Grade: Excitingly for me, there’s a new entry in the top 10! Yay, less time to think about the continuing presence of Rush Limbaugh on this list. Soman Chainani’s A World Without Princes, the sequel to his best-selling fairy-tale with a twist The School For Good and Evil (which I rather liked and admired for its darkness and wholly awful protagonist) debuts at number 9.

Young Adult: Look! Six places on the list are held by women. Granted, 2 places are held by one author and only 2 are in the top 10 but we’ve got to take these moments of joy where we can. With the film of If I Stay coming out soon, Gayle Forman’s most famous novel re-enters the list at number 5. Jenny Han’s latest, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before takes the 12th spot, one place ahead of a particularly interesting debut. Maya Van Wagenan, a teenager who decided to follow a teen popularity guide form the 1950s and document the proceedings, debuts at number 13 with Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek. She’s already landed a movie deal with a novel on the way. It’s interesting to see a non-fiction book on the YA list that isn’t the typical teen advice tome.

Children’s Series: Nothing new here so have a picture of Mads Mikkelsen with a cat.

I promise you he isn't going to eat the cat.
I promise you he isn’t going to eat the cat.

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