What’s the world reading then?

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The Collaborator – Gerald Seymour – early days still, but I’m a bit “Come on! Get on with it!”

Since I started this blog I’ve discovered some fantastic blogs about books and reading.  I am particularly fond of the US Library and bookshop blogs, which really feel dynamic and engendering a sense of community.  I wish our libraries in the UK did this, it would be great.  I’m considering going into my local library and suggesting it.  With a community of contributors it strikes me as a no-brainer and relatively easy.  But I think they might just think I’m a weirdo!  I’ll let you know how I get on.

Looking at other blogs from around the world has exposed me to whole libraries of books I would never have come across.  I had assumed that bestsellers (with “the international bestseller” splashed across the cover) would be a world-wide phenomenon.  I thought there’d be an inescapable bank of books, so I thought I’d look.  This is what I found

  USA (New York Times Bestsellers w/e Aug 4) UK (Lovereading.co.uk w/e July 20) NZ (Nielsen Weekly Bestsellers w/e July 13)
1 THE CUCKOO’S CALLING THE RACKETEER INFERNO
  Robert Galbraith John Grisham Dan Brown
2 THE ENGLISH GIRL THE CASUAL VACANCY AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED
  Daniel Silva J.K.Rowling Khaled Hosseini
3 FIRST SIGHT THE CUCKOO’S CALLING SECOND HONEYMOON
  Danielle Steel Robert Galbraith James Patterson
4 INFERNO GUILTY WIVES ENTWINED WITH YOU
  Dan Brown James Patterson Sylvia Day
5 HUNTING EVE OH DEAR SYLVIA UNSEEN
  Iris Johansen Dawn French Karin Slaughter
6 SECOND HONEYMOON SOME DAY I’LL FIND YOU FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
  James Patterson Richard Madeley E.L. James
7 HIDDEN ORDER GONE GIRL THE KEEPER OF SECRETS
  Brad Thor Gillian Flynn Julie Thomas
8 AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED TRUST YOUR EYES THE SON IN LAW
  Khaled Hosseini Linwood Barclay Charity Norman
9 PULSE, by Gail McHugh CRIMINAL THE KILL ROOM
  Gail McHugh Karin Slaughter Jeffery Deaver
10 GONE GIRL THE BAT A WANTED MAN
  Gillian Flynn Jo Nesbo Lee Child

Sorry, I couldn’t do every country, but I thought this was very interesting.   Finding the information first was difficult, thank you New York Times for making it easy to get yours, boo to The Sunday Times (UK) for making it impossible to get your list without a subscription, and I wasn’t sure where to look for New Zealand but relied on Google.

There are overlaps, and some authors appear repeatedly, I expect that’s to do with the size of the publicity machine of the publisher, but there are also some significant differences.  I can’t comment on US and NZ but there are a couple on the list which are by celebrities turned authors who I doubt have much of a following outside the UK.  The UK list has many books set in the US, so was surprised not to see those in the US list (perhaps it’s a date of publication thing?) and it doesn’t look like Robert Gailbraith aka Joanne (she who must not be named!) has hit NZ yet.  Some of the UK ones are quite old too.  I wonder how many books in each list are set in other countries (UK list not set in UK etc).  Would this be an indicator of character of that country?  If a countries bestseller list contained mainly home grown stuff does that indicate it is inward looking for example?

I did find the New Zealand listing fantastic though (Nielsen Weekly Bestsellers List) it is separated out into international and NZ books, the NZ books look really good.  I think this may be another way of How do I not pick a book? and it’s pretty easy to stick to the rules of Blissfully Ignorantly Reading.

I’m going to keep an eye on these lists and see how they compare over time.

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