Historical Romance Trends (March 13, 2022)



Week in Summary

This week there were 35 new books in the Top 100.View them on Amazon.

The median (50th-ranked) book was at Best Sellers Rank 1984, decreased less than 5% from last week. Half the books in the Top 100 were between ranks 1283 and 2764.

  • There were 46 standalone books, and 54 books which were in 39 unique series.
  • There were 73 books in KU, and 27 wide.
  • There were 25 books published by an imprint of a major traditional publisher, and 75 books estimated to be independent or self-published.

Trending topic tags this week were Aristocracy(6), Scottish(6), Crime(-6) and Bad boy(-5).See the whole list of topics.

Frequent words in titles this week were duke(10), regency(10), bride(8) and heartbreaking(4). See the whole list.


Sales Rank Distribution


Frequent words in blurbs this week were love(49), life(45), heart(42) and new(37). See the whole list.

Blurbs had a median of 15 sentences across 5 paragraphs. Text analysis of the blurbs in the Top 100 suggests:

  • 99 were written in third-person
  • 1 were written in first-person
  • 1 of the first-person blurbs had more than one point of view

Setting vs Character in Blurbs

In this plot, each dot is a blurb. The percentages show how much of each blurb is about characters, and how much is about setting and events. Neither is better than the other, but this plot shows us whether blurbs in the Top 100 are mostly about one or the other, or a mixture.