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.

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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.

 

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The Game You Played at Amazon.

 

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Hard Fall at Amazon.

 

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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.

Be aware, these books are usually offered for FREE for just one or two days. The Top 100 Free list changes constantly because it’s affected strongly by daily promos. The Top 100 Paid list is more stable because it reflects the steady daily paid sales of the books. It can also be influenced by strong promo sales, especially those $0.99 sales on BookBub.

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