Laydown date, we don’t need no stinking laydown date. JR Ward’s Lover Unbound was spotted at least two weeks prior to its official laydown date of September 25, 2007, and while sales were brisk in those two weeks, it couldn’t compare to the onslaught of readers who hit the bookstores the week of September 25. She might not be number one on the USA Today list, but I would be surprised if she were lower than 2. Nora Roberts reprint, The Gift: Home for Christmas / All I Want for Christmas, sold well and that will likely be in the top 15. Debbie Macomber’s book, 74 Seaside Avenue sold approximately the same number of books last week as The Gift and she was 11.
Lower on the list and within the top 50, I would expect to see Heather Graham’s The Seance, Victoria Alexander’s Secrets of a Proper Lady, Suzanne Brockmann’sForbidden, and Christine Feehan’s Dark Celebration.
So why am I doing this? I am tracking the USA Today bestseller list for romances and comparing it to Bookscan to see if the two correlate in any way so I figured that I would just post my ruminations. I’d love to hear what other readers think as to the books that should be on the USA Today list.