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Romance Short Reads(1hr) Trends (February 21, 2021)

Week in Summary

This week there were 26 new books in the Top 100.View them on Amazon.

The median (50th-ranked) book was at Best Sellers Rank 16301, increased between 10 and 15% from last week. Half the books in the Top 100 were between ranks 7564 and 25629.

  • There were 35 standalone books, and 65 books which were in 25 unique series.
  • There were 94 books in KU, and 6 wide.
  • There were 1 books published by an imprint of a major traditional publisher, and 99 books estimated to be independent or self-published.

Trending topic tags this week were BBW/Curvy(9), Instalove(7), Steamy(7) and Alpha Male(4).See the whole list of topics.

Frequent words in titles this week were curvy(10), girl(6), mountain(5) and alpha(5). See the whole list.

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Sales Rank Distribution


Covers


Trending in Blurbs

Frequent words in blurbs this week were life(22), good(20), love(19) and more(19). See the whole list.

Blurbs had a median of 18 sentences across 9 paragraphs. Text analysis of the blurbs in the Top 100 suggests:

  • 24 were written in third-person
  • 73 were written in first-person
  • 35 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.

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