Tuesday, August 8, 2017

What to Read? Part 4

When trying to choose a variety of genres from the Top 100 Free list, a problem soon emerges: there is little variety. A careful examination of the list shows that the majority of titles are in the romance genre. On the first page (#1-#20) there are 12 romances out of 20 offerings.





As the reader moves up the list, the proportion of romances to other genres increases. On Aug 8th, 2017,  items 41-60 are as follows. Reminder: this list changes as the day wears on. 

41- Lucky in Love- Romance>Sports
42- A Real cowboy Never Says No- Romance>Westerns
43- Accounting for Love- Romance>Westerns
44- The Red Door Inn- Romance>Inspirational
45- Married This Year 2 -Romance>Contemporary
46- The Chocolate Garden- New Adult>College
47- Damnation- Romance>Paranormal
48- Uncommon- Woman’s>Christian
49- Ella Wood- Romance>Historical
50- Tougher Than The Rest- Romance>Western
51- Haunted by Love- Romance Paranormal
52- Hawaiian Hangover- Cozy Mystery
53- The Yakuza Path-Blood Stained Tea- Crime Fiction> Gay Fiction
54- Escape From Oz- Sci Fi>Space Opera
55- Summer on the Lake- Romance Contemporary
56- In Love With the Alpha- Romance>Paranormal
57- Tank- New Adult>Romance
58- The Sekhmet Bed- Historical>Biographical
59- The Way Back- Romance>Inspirational
60- The Lone Survivor- Paranormal>Urban Fantasy

Of the above titles, only six are not romance. 
#48- Uncommon- is Woman’s Christian Living 
#52- Hawaiian Hangover is a Cozy Mystery 
#58- The Sekhmet Bed is also a woman’s read, telling the story of an Egyptian princess and her arranged marriage. 

Only two books: Escape from Oz and Lone Survivor fall into genres that may appeal across the board. It’s interesting to note that as the list gets past the first forty, the number of covers showing sculpted male chests and low-hanging jeans increases. These reflect the more erotic content of the romance.



MY OPINION, and once again I must emphasize that it’s an opinion and everyone is entitled to one, is that if you want to read genres other than spicy romance, your pickings in the Top 100 Free are slim. 

Today, you could have chosen The Game You Played, a suspenseful mystery thriller with 4.4 stars average in 1298 reviews. It sits at #1 and you have to grab it now because it will go off promo quickly. Hard Fall by P.T. Reade sits at #3, and it’s crime fiction with 4.4 stars average from 176 reviews.





The Game You Played at Amazon.

Hard Fall at Amazon.

The Old Man and the Tea at Amazon.


I chose The Old Man and the Tea, described as “Another fun-filled adventure” in the Reverend Elmo Jenkins series. It has an average of 4.4 stars from 385 reviews. The genre is Religious>Inspirational, but I'm always open to new genres. I expect it to be funny, not preachy. Let’s see what happens.


On the aug. 9th early list, the following looks promising if you are a fan of the action/suspense, special ops hero.




King's Ransom at Amazon.  This book has an average of 4.7 stars from 124 reviews. This is #3 in the Xander King series by Bradley Wright. 




A Spirited Tail  at Amazon is listed as a Mystery>Cozy>Animals and sits at #29 in the Top Free on Aug. 9th. It sports 509 reviews (not shabby) and a 4.4 stars average. 
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