Saturday, September 21, 2013

The New York Times Top 15 Best Sellers in Fiction - Combined print and ebook - week ending September 22, 2013

Welcome to another week of best selling fiction! Posted by NOON every Sunday!

This week in books I want to talk about the Trilogy.
This is just "MY OPINION", but I am starting to get tired of trilogies, how about you? I would be willing to bet that over the last two to three years, trilogies have taken over the book market by storm as compared to 'single books' being written, or at least it seems so. With all the new releases that seem to come out lately, they ALL 'seem' to be part of a trilogy. It's Part II of a trilogy, or Part III. We do not know the backstory of the other one or two books, thus making us have to get the other books we have not read before we can read the new release in order to understand the story better.
Trilogies can be written for a variety of reasons. Some books do scream trilogy, others do not, but when I see that word 'trilogy' anymore, I am starting to cringe! I feel trilogies are being overwritten now. It's almost as if any new book that comes out either by a new or experienced author has a cliffhanger at the end, leaving it open for Book 2, and eventually Book 3, thus their trilogy is born! Thank gosh for book reviews because I can tell ahead of time whether or not that book I see is part of - or will be a trilogy. I guess it's a little frustrating to find a book I can pick up and read from beginning to end and not have it involve three other books.
Seriously, am I missing something about trilogies? Is this being taught in colleges and writing classes now? Does writing a trilogy prove an author can write? What is the point of a trilogy, actually? Don't get me wrong, some trilogies I have LOVED and I look forward to the next release! Others, I have not. It takes an awfully good author to be able to write a trilogy and have high ratings on all three books, and without naming all those authors, I can think of several I don't really care to read, too. (I am not singling any author out for good or bad, heaven forbid! This is everyone's opinion.) For the NEW author out there who is coming out with a trilogy, lately I am finding "I" am 'not' buying their books now only because "I" am tired of the trilogies, that's all. I am the one who needs the break.
I think we need more of a mix of books. We need some stand-a-lone books, two-book series, and trilogies or longer. Mix it up more than what it is now and not get stuck just on the trilogy. I did a little research on this, and have come across other bloggers that feel the same way. Trilogies seem to have flooded the market over the last few years, and they feel the same way in the articles they have written, too.
What makes a book? It is usually the first chapter of a book that makes it sink or swim. Chapter One is the most vital chapter of any book. When you get a sample of any book, nine times out of ten, it's Chapter One. It should be, for the reader to gauge whether or not they are going to like the book, and it sets the tone of the book. Although, with that being said, that may or may not be true. Perhaps they put their all into Chapter One, and the rest of the book does not compare to it. For the author, this puts a lot of pressure on them, but in a second breath, for a good author, it's nothing to write a riveting first chapter.
I have taken a break from reading trilogies lately. (Well, almost! As I said, I do have some favorite authors out there that if they wrote ten books about the same subject I would read them! Although their writing is always fresh! I can count on them!)
What happened to ONE book being written and it covers everything, provides all the entertainment and enjoyment we need for that story, and we feel what we have read is a substantial story? Perhaps this book is longer, a good 500+ pages if need be, and possibly split into three, or even four sections in that book. Those are the type of books I am starting to prefer much more so than the what seems like over abundance of trilogies out there.
I hope this is just a trend. I like a good book or books, but not all of them being trilogies. Again, it just seems as if over the last few years trilogies have become part of the norm,  and I'm wondering if I'm missing something? Why trilogies, always? I have read a lot of interviews from authors who has or is planning on writing a trilogy and they are boasting about writing this new trilogy. This tells me they already know they want to write a trilogy, but don't yet know what, how, or where it's going. They just know it will be a trilogy, which really is what brought this post of mine on. I just kind of thought that was funny. How do you know it will be a trilogy when you don't know your story yet? It didn't make sense to me, and made me wonder 'why' trilogies all the time?
At first I loved trilogies because it meant I got to spend more time with the characters I either loved or hated, but now almost every book written by most authors seem to be a trilogy. It has gotten to the point where if you see a book that sounds good, it IS part of a trilogy. I've been starting to not like trilogies anymore because of that. I see them and shudder! Yes, I said that. I feel like telling the author to make their book their own individual book. It does not 'need' to be a trilogy. Really, books do not need to be a trilogy for all of us to like, enjoy, and fall in love with them. After all, variety IS the spice of life! Just don't EVER stop writing! That would be such a loss!
Thanks for reading this! Comments are welcome below! I'd LOVE to hear YOUR opinion!
Hey, can't complain about the price of the ebooks lately! Wow! Excellent prices!
Thanks for coming by!

Okay - On to the books!

Fiction: Combined Print and ebook

1. W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone Mystery) by Sue Grafton
Print book: $17.37
ebook:      $10.99


2. Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
Print book: $16.80

ebook:      $10.99


3. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Print book: $15.57

ebook:      $  5.99


4. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
Print book: $15.19

ebook:      $  5.99


5. Second Watch: A J. P. Beaumont Novel (J. P. Beaumont Novels) by J A Jance
Print book: $16.83

ebook:      $12.80


6. Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James
Print book: $8.19

ebook:      $7.78


7. The Racketeer: A Novel by John Grisham
Print book: $5.99

ebook:      $5.69


8. Robert B. Parker's Damned if You Do (A Jesse Stone Novel) by Michael Brandman
Print book: $16.81

ebook:      $10.99


9. Inferno by Dan Brown
Print book: $14.09

ebook:      $10.99


10. The Mill River Recluse by Darcy Chan
ebook only: $2.99


11. Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James
Print book: $8.19

ebook:      $7.78


12. Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
Print book: $4.19

ebook:      $3.98


13. The Scoop (The Godmothers #1) by Fern Michaels
Print book: $6.78

ebook:      $  .99 - Grab this one now! I don't know how long this one will be #99cents for? Great deal!

14. The Mayan Secrets (A Fargo Adventure) by Clive Cussler
Print book: $18.42

ebook:      $10.99


15. Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James
Print book: $8.19

ebook:      $7.78


And the rest from HERE! Thanks for stopping by! See you next week with this list again!

  • 16.  OUT OF LINE, by Jen McLaughlin (Jen McLaughlin)
  • 17.  AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead)
  • 18.  GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn (Crown)
  • 19.  THE SILENT WIFE, by A. S. A. Harrison (Penguin)
  • 20.  REVEALING US, by Lisa Renee Jones (Gallery)
  • 21.  MISTRESS, by James Patterson and David Ellis (Little, Brown)
  • 22.  WICKED FIRSTS, by Elisabeth Naughton and others (Indie Six)
  • 23.  THE WITNESS, by Sandra Brown (Grand Central)
  • 24.  ENVY, by Sandra Brown (Grand Central)
  • 25.  THE HERO, by Robyn Carr (Harlequin Mira)
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