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USA Todays Top 150 for the Last 15 Years

USA Today put out a list of the topselling books (according to its calculations) for the last fifteen years. Guess who has seven out of the top ten? The article that goes along with the list had two points that stood out for me:

Oprah Winfrey, whose book club has made 62 selections since 1996, influenced but did not dominate the list. Five of her picks are in the top 150, including Eckhart Tolle’s self-help guide, A New Earth, at No. 31.

What’s not on the list:

Romance: Nora Roberts has a nearly permanent spot on the weekly list. But because she and other romance writers publish so often, it’s harder for any one title to stand out over a longer period.

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

6 Comments

  1. jmc
    Oct 30, 2008 @ 04:25:09

    The frequency of diet books and John Grisham books was a bit surprising, but shouldn’t have been, now that I think about it. They are always on endcaps and getting huge displays at bookstores. So American readers are obsessed with weight and distracted by (interchangeable — to me) pulpy legal thrillers?

  2. katiebabs
    Oct 30, 2008 @ 07:40:19

    JK Rowling must be doing her own snoopy dance.

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    Oct 30, 2008 @ 09:23:37

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  4. Emmy
    Oct 30, 2008 @ 10:36:35

    romance writers publish so often, it's harder for any one title to stand out over a longer period

    ….so, write one great book a year or three, or several mediocre books every few months? Decision, decisions.

  5. Leah
    Oct 30, 2008 @ 11:05:18

    It kinda bugs me to see The Secret, Tolle, and, ok, I’ll admit it, Joel Osteen on there, and only 2 classics (Fitzgerald and Orwell).

  6. DS
    Oct 30, 2008 @ 17:49:47

    I was surprised how many of the list I had not read. In fact I perked up when I saw Green Eggs and Ham and the Hobbit. I also read the Narnia books and I have Macquire’s Wicked. I guess I’m just not a Best Seller type of girl.

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