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USA Today Besteller List, Week Ending July 29, 2007

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Shelf Awareness says that the Harry Potter buzz has reduced from a roar to a hum, but the USA Today list shows that it is still dominating the reader world with all 7 books in the top 12. I don’t know how many people have asked me in the past week whether I’ve read the book yet. Almost as many who ask if I still like my IPhone. I haven’t and I do.

Sandra Brown’s paperback release of her hardcover, Ricochet, snuck in at number 5.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), $34.99, No. 1 (Peak 1).
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6), J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $9.99, No. 2 (Peak 1). 94 weeks on list.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $6.99, No. 3 (Peak 1). 288 weeks on the list.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $6.99, No. 4 (Peak 1). 250 weeks on the list.
Ricochet, Sandra Brown (Pocket), $9.99, No. 5 (debut). Paperback release of hardcover.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5), J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $9.99, No. 6 (Peak 1). 170 weeks on the list.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $7.99, No. 8 (Peak 1). 260 weeks on the list.
Dakota Born (Dakota Series #1), Debbie Macomber (Mira) $7.99, No. 10 (debut). This is a reprint/reissue.
Macgregor Brides, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 11 (Peak 4). This is a reprint/reissue.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $8.99, No. 12 (Peak 1). 262 weeks on the list.
Dockside, Susan Wiggs (Mira) $7.99, No. 14 (debut).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Deluxe edition, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), $65.00, No. 25 (Peak 3).
High Noon, Nora Roberts (Putnam), $26.95, No. 26 (Peak 2).

Never Deceive a Duke, Liz Carlyle (Pocket), $7.50, No. 27 (Peak 27). Last week this book was at 80. I understand that it hit the NYT List which I think is Carlyle’s first time on the NYT list.
Lean Mean Thirteen, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Press), $27.50, No. 30 (Peak 1).
Twelve Sharp, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 37 (peak 3 as a paperback release). Paperback release of hardcover
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, Julia Quinn (Avon), $7.99, No. 38 (Peak 4).
Country Brides, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 40 (Peak 5).
The Perfect Bride (de Warenne Dynasty), Brenda Joyce (Harlequin Books), $7.99, No. 42 (debut).
Up Close and Dangerous: A Novel, Linda Howard (Ballantine), $25.95, No. 48 (Peak 19). I don’t know if her readership is waning or whether she is suffering ill effects from being released so close to Harry Potter.
Angels Fall, Nora Roberts, (Jove), $7.99, No. 50 (Peak 1 – as a hardcover release). Paperback release.

Fool Me Once, Fern Michaels (Zebra), $7.99, No. 55 (Peak 9).
Sandcastles, Luanne Rice (Bantam), $7.50, No. 56 (Peak 19). Paperback release.
Safe Harbor, Christine Feehan (Jove), $7.99, No. 69 (Peak 3).
Scent of Darkness, Christina Dodd, Signet, $7.99, No. 74 (Peak 25).

Last Words, Mariah Stewart (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 105 (Peak 21).

Double Take, Catherine Coulter (Putnam), $25.95 No. 121 (Peak 10).

Simon Says, Lori Foster, Berkley, $7.99, No. 131 (Peak 26).
Someone to Love, Jude Deveraux (Atria), $25.95, No. 150 (debut).

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Out of the list:

Web of Love, Mary Balogh (Dell), $6.99, No. 86 (Peak 23). (Reissue of out of print title).
The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer, Anne Stuart (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 102 (Peak 31).
The MacGregors: Robert & Cybil: The Winning Hand and The Perfect Neighbor, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 123 (Peak 13).
The Summit, Kat Martin (Mira), $7.99, No. 135 (Peak 44).
Blood Red, Heather Graham (Mira), $7.99, No. 140 (Peak 32). This is a good atmospheric vampire story.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

One Comment

  1. jmc
    Aug 02, 2007 @ 12:54:41

    Up Close and Dangerous: A Novel, Linda Howard (Ballantine), $25.95, No. 48 (Peak 19). I don't know if her readership is waning or whether she is suffering ill effects from being released so close to Harry Potter.

    A copy of this was sitting on the shelf at my library, along with Evanovich’s Lean Mean Thirteen. Normally both authors’ new releases are in such demand that even with 100+ copies, there is a very long waiting period for readers who have requested a copy. Maybe demand is down. Or maybe they were shelved instead of used to fill hold requests by accident.

    I skimmed the book. Boring. It read more like a survival guide than romance or suspense, I thought. Of course, Linda Howard is one of those authors I used to love but now am ~meh~ about.

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