Piggybacking on Becky’s poll, here’s a summary of the current top 10 Christian fiction bestsellers compiled by the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) and Amazon.com as of about 2 pm CDT today. I’ve annotated them by genre, and each section links to its respective list, if you want to see the full top 20 or so. The CBA list includes one item that’s actually a non-fiction book spinning a theory about Biblical prophecy (the CBA seems to consider it dubious enough to group it with fiction), so I’ve omitted it to avoid comparing apples and oranges.
CBA Bestsellers (oddly, this listing is dated June 2012)
- Loving, by Karen Kingsbury (contemporary romance)
- The Fiddler, by Beverly Lewis (comtemporary romance, Amish)
- The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club, by Wanda E. Brunstetter (contemporary, inspirational, Amish)
- Illusion, by Frank Peretti (speculative, supernatural…hmm, interesting…blurb reads more like fantasy)
- Leaving, by Karen Kingsbury (contemporary romance)
- Longing, by Karen Kingsbury (contemporary romance)
- Downfall, by Terri Blackstock (mystery)
- Learning, by Karen Kingsbury (contemporary romance)
- Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers (historical romance, allegorical)
- Courageous, by Randy Alcorn & Alex Kendrick (contemporary, inspirational)
- Dandelions in a Jelly Jar, by Traci DePree (contemporary, inspirational)
- The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant (historical)
- True Honor, by Dee Henderson (contemporary romance)
- A Can of Peas, by Traci DePree (contemporary, inspirational)
- Home to Harmony, by Philip Gully (contemporary, inspirational, humor)
- Unafraid: Mary, by Francine Rivers (historical)
- The Rescue, by Lori Wick (historical romance)
- In This Mountain, by Jan Karon (inspirational)
- Birth of an Age, by James BeauSeigneur (speculative, apocalyptic)
- A Light in the Window, by Jan Karon (inspirational)
Ted Dekker’s Heaven’s Wager (speculative, supernatural) comes in at #11 on this list
As a spec-fic fan, I find those results a bit depressing, though it’s interesting how different the CBA’s list is from Amazon’s. How about I take a quick look at Amazon’s science fiction and fantasy bestsellers? That’ll cheer me up. Places 1 through 8 are held by Charlaine Harris and George R.R. Martin, with Ms. Harris’ current Sookie Stackhouse vampire novel, Deadlocked, perched at #1, and various volumes/collections of Mr. Martin’s Game of Thrones series following after. At #9, we have Stephen King’s latest addition to his Dark Tower series, The Wind Through the Keyhole. Rounding out the top 10 is Seth Grahame-Green’s historical mashup, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Killer.
Sigh. Not helping. I haven’t read any of the books on these lists, with the exception of the first couple of Thrones books. I found them tedious and don’t intend to revisit that series. I saw the movie version of Courageous, but it provided me no incentive to read the book. Birth of an Age is part of something called the Christ Clone Trilogy, and I think I have a drawer full of t-shirts for having been there, done that. The Red Tent has been around for 15 years or so and has garnered quite a bit of critical acclaim. I thumbed through it once and landed in a chapter describing female purification rituals in ancient Caanan.
Moving right along…
My wife’s a Charlaine Harris fan, and I read the first couple of Sookie Stackhouse books in an effort at solidarity, but they’re not exactly my favorite flavor, nor is Beverly Lewis, whom my wife also enjoys. If anybody wants to write an Amish vampire romance, now’s the time. Just saying.
I lost my taste for Peretti after The Visitation, I think because his stories were beginning to seem repetitive. It sounds like he’s taking a different tack with Illusion, so I might try that when I get a chance.
Lincoln vs. vampires? Please. Teddy Roosevelt vs. zombies—That’s entertainment.