Romance Short Reads(1hr) Trends (March 13, 2022)



Week in Summary

This week there were 40 new books in the Top 100.View them on Amazon.

The median (50th-ranked) book was at Best Sellers Rank 38028, increased less than 5% from last week. Half the books in the Top 100 were between ranks 27921 and 47554.

  • There were 41 standalone books, and 59 books which were in 33 unique series.
  • There were 97 books in KU, and 3 wide.
  • There were 0 books published by an imprint of a major traditional publisher, and 100 books estimated to be independent or self-published.

Trending topic tags this week were Instalove(10), BBW/Curvy(9), Firefighter(8) and Steamy(6).See the whole list of topics.

Frequent words in titles this week were love(10), curvy(7), fire(4) and girl(4). See the whole list.


Sales Rank Distribution


Frequent words in blurbs this week were life(23), time(20), way(20) and day(19). See the whole list.

Blurbs had a median of 20 sentences across 9 paragraphs. Text analysis of the blurbs in the Top 100 suggests:

  • 39 were written in third-person
  • 60 were written in first-person
  • 29 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.