USA Today Bestsellers, 9/11


As USA Today‘s “Book Buzz” column points out, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series continues to occupy the top four spots on their bestseller list. Several other vampire series are also doing well:

  • Christine Feehan’s Dark Curse, #16 in The Carpathians Series, debuts at #11 this week. 
  •  Jacqueline Frank’s Noah, the fifth volume in the author’s paperback series, Nightwalkers, moved up to #37 from #45 last week. 
  • Alan Ball’s HBO series True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris’s Dead Until Dark, began on Sunday. The tie-in edition shipped 100,000 last week. It’s not yet on USA Today’s list, which reflects sales through Saturday, but it is at #53 on Amazon’s rankings. The other titles in Harris’s Southern Vampire series have also risen on Amazon. 
  • The next popular vampire series title on the horizon is Laurell K. Hamilton’s Swallowing Darkness, due Nov. 4 (Correction: a smart reader points out that this is NOT one of Hamilton’s  Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series — the most recent was Blood Noir, which came out in hardcover in May. Swallowing Darkness is the next in the author’s Meredith Gentry fairie series. USA Today was clear on this, but we were not). 

Candidates Titles:

John McCain’s Faith of My Fathers is back on the USA Today list at #89. It was on for 23 weeks in hardcover in 2000.

After sliding down USA Today‘s list, Barack Obama’s two books rose again last week and held on to their positions this week. A new book from the Obama campaign, Change We Can Believe In, came out this week, and is at #35 in the Amazon rankings.


This is the week for manga, with several new titles appearing on the USA Today list.

  • #24 Naruto, Volume 31, Masashi Kishimoto,  VIZ Media, LLC
  • #100 Vampire Knight: Volume 05, Matsuri Hino, Nancy Thistlethwaite,  VIZ Media Llc
  • #105 Bleach: Volume 24, Tite Kubo,  VIZ Media LLC
  • #135 Warriors: Into the WoodsErin Hunter, Tokyopop


Below is EarlyWord’s full analysis of significant changes on the USA Today list:

Debut Hardcovers & Original Pbk:

#11 Dark Curse: A Carpathian NovelChristine Feehan, Berkley

#19 The Book of LiesBrad Meltzer, Grand Central Publishing

#35 American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld, Random House

#41 God’s Big IdeaMyles Munroe, Destiny Image

#24 Naruto, Volume 31, Masashi Kishimoto, Viz Media, LLC

#100 Vampire Knight: Volume 05, Matsuri Hino, Nancy Thistlethwaite, Viz Media Llc

#105 Bleach: Volume 24, Tite Kubo, Viz Media LLC

#121 SweetheartChelsea Cain, St. Martin’s Minotaur

#129 The Art of Engagement: Bridging the Gap Between People and PossibilitiesJim Haudan, McGraw-Hill

#135 Warriors: Into the WoodsErin HunterTokyopop

#139 The Scourge of God: A Novel of the ChangeS.M. Stirling, Roc. Sequel to 2007’s The Sunrise Lands

Back on:

#68 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoJunot Diaz, Riverhead. Now in trade paperback; this is the book’s highest position on the list.

#89 Faith of My FathersJohn McCain, Mark Salter, Random House. Was on the list for 23 weeks in hardcover in 2000.

#121 FleecedDick Morris, Eileen McGann, Harper. Was on for 9 weeks earlier in the summer. Peak, #25

Back Up:

#7 Eat, Pray, LoveElizabeth Gilbert,  Penguin, from #26 last week, after 86 weeks — because rebroadcast of author’s appearance on Oprah.

#31 Skinny Bitch, Rory Freedman, Kim Barnouin, Running Press, from #57 last week, after 60 weeks — promotion of the newest title in the Skinny Bitch series, Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven has brought renewed attention to the first title.

Moving Down:

#28 Devil BonesKathy Reichs, Scribner from #13 last week, after 2 weeks. Peak, #13

#48 Smoke ScreenSandra Brown, Simon & Schuster from #29, after 4 weeks. Peak, #12

#51 The Gypsy MorphTerry Brooks, Del Rey from #16, after 2 weeks. Peak, #16

#53 The Obama NationJerome R. Corsi, S&S Threshold Editions, from #33 after 6 weeks. Peak, #8

#62 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyMary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows, The Dial Press from #50 after 6 weeks. Peak, #34

#71 The Story of Edgar SawtelleDavid Wroblewski,  Ecco, from #42 after 13 weeks. Peak, #25

#78 The Bourne SanctionRobert Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader, Grand Central, from #52 after 6 weeks. Peak, #19.

#80 SilksDick Francis, Felix Francis, Putnam, from #41 after 2 weeks. Peak, #41

#110 AcheronSherrilyn Kenyon, St. Martin’s Press, from #77, after 5 weeks. Peak, #7

One Response to “USA Today Bestsellers, 9/11”

  1. ladyangst Says:

    Swallowing Darkness is part of Laurell K Hamilton’s Meredith Gentry faerie series, not a vampire novel at all.