Monday, February 16, 2009

Chain Reaction

I have a chain going here. Friday it was Romance in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, which led me, of course, to Stephen King’s horror book for the actual day of Valentine’s, which led me to Stephen King’s smack talk about Stephen Meyer on Sunday, which leads me to … John Grisham knocking Meyer off the #1 spot on USA Today’s weekly top 150 best sellers.

See how it all connects?

For the week that ended February 8th, John Grisham’s The Associate took the number 1 spot … again. Meyer is no slouch, though. She took the number 2 spot. And the number 3 spot. And the number 4 spot. And the number 6 spot.

Wait, what happened to number 5? Ah, Joe Torre and Tom Verducci took that with The Yankee Years. Either a lot of baseball fans buy books or New Yorkers do.

Check out the entire list. It’s quite a mix, with young adult, romance, paranormal, mystery, nonfiction…


  1. Ah - to one day be on that list!

  2. Amen, Marvin. You're headed that way.

  3. The truth is, as manipulated and crazy as most bestseller lists are, I don't really pay attention to any of them.

  4. Looks like we have some stiff competition!

    Morgan Mandel

  5. Tony, there are also so many different lists! A lot depends on what is counted - pre-orders, certain bookstores, big box sales, library sales, and so on.

  6. Hi Morgan.
    Even if you don't believe in such lists, it would still be a hoot to see your name on it!

  7. Hey Helen,

    Loved the list, as if I would be on that list soon. Ah, maybe next year, right? So Meyer missed being #5? Darn the bad luck.

    Thanks for the info. Enjoyed reading it.

    Gwyn Ramsey

  8. I know, Gwyn, we weep for Meyer. She's probably crying in her champagne. Wait a minute, she probably doesn't drink champagne. She's crying in her Evian.

  9. You know, one of my books made the Birmingham, Alabama bestseller list--twice! Seriously. I didn't even know about it until someone who lives over there and knows me, sent me an email letting me know that BLINDED BY DARKNESS had been in their newspaper's bestseller lists for two weeks running.

    How important is that? Hmmmm, don't know, but it was nice when it happened!

  10. Tony, you are a best-selling author. Would be nice if that paper archives their lists and you could link to it on your site. It won't mean a lot nationwide, like the NYTimes list or the USA Today list, but it will be a good thing to note when you do promotions for Blinded or future books in the Alabama area, and even in GA or MS, since they're close by and Birmingham is well-known.


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