Ten Books from 2017 I Think Will Sell Well in 2018
It's that time of year for Top of 2017 Lists. As a seller of previously read paperbacks, I've handpicked ten across my bookstore's genres I'll be looking for and expecting to sell plenty of in 2018.
In 2017, I sold more Thrillers/Suspense books than any other genre. Here's only a few I think will be really popular as they come into paperback.
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King. This is my current read. At 650+ pages as a hardback, it is huge! This book has received high critical and popular acclaim. King and his son wrote it together. I'll let you know how I like it, but I tend to find King's work a page turner from the beginning, and so far so good.
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. I read my first Karin Slaughter this year as a new bookstore owner. She's a bit dicey and not for the faint of heart. I read "Pretty Girls" and it was one of those where the wife didn't know how deviant her husband and his crimes were. Slaughter writes her stories from the women's perspectives and they are strong in the midst of their adversities and rise to conquer the evil. Slaughter's work is widely read.
The Dry by Jane Harper. This is a suspense novel I will be able to recommend to many readers who get nervous by the likes of King and Slaughter (what a last name for a suspense writer, huh?). The title comes from the setting, which is during a drought in the Australian outback. The climax is so fulfilling after the page turning journey. Highly recommended.
My next most popular section is General/Historical Fiction. Here's some I expect to sell plenty of in 2018 once they come out in paperback.
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel. I expect to sell a lot of this one simply because I can be so enthusiastic about it having read it myself. I think it is one of the underrated books of 2017. It's a book about family secrets and how they can start to keep us instead of us keeping them. It's a laugh out loud story about a family with five sons. The title comes from a conversation the parents have with each other. "This is how it always is," one of them says. "Parents never know for sure how the decisions they make for their children will affect the children in their future."
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan. I'm on the lookout for all in Kwan's trilogy beginning with "Crazy, Rich Asians". "Commonwealth" by Ann Patchett, which I read, was so popular this year, but I found it a bit dreary. If I'm going to read about dysfunctional families and the dynamics around inheritances, I want to laugh. Kwan's books are much more delightful and I can't wait to read and sell all three.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award this year. Ward already won for her second novel, "Salvage the Bones" back in 2012. She's the only woman to have won the award twice. Way to go, Jeslyn! "Sing, Unburied, Sing" is one of those books my customers that want to be on the inside of fiction will request and I'm sure a number of book clubs will choose in 2018.
Many romance novels release directly to paperback, but this year I expect to sell a lot of Alisha Rai. I understand her "Forbidden Hearts" trilogy is among the Best of the Best in Romance and I'll be taking every one that comes through my door.
My bookstore is eighty percent fiction and twenty percent nonfiction. I have to fill my nonfiction real estate carefully. Between Google, YouTube videos, and crowdsourcing, what we used to find in nonfiction reference books is widely available other ways. The nonfiction I do shelve are deep dives and memoirs. Two that I hope will come in the store and I can read in 2018 are:
Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley
Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer
I've heard great things about both and hope to spend some time with them. There are many nonfiction books out there and I want to be able to point customers to the best.
Are you waiting for the paperback to come out of a book you want to buy? What is it?
Do you tend to purchase hardback or paperback? Do you keep them?
Happy New Year, Readers.