Kindle’s Top Three: Week 51

In Kindle’s Top Three, I want to highlight the best selling books at the beginning of every week, and express all the rage inside me that I’m not in there. Not really. In all honesty, I think it’s important to look at what’s in the top coveted three on Kindle’s best seller list because, really, don’t they deserve some sort of recognition?

It’s that time again (actually this is the second time I’m doing this), but it’s the time when we look at Kindle’s Best Sellers and congratulate the authors on a job well done. So what does it take to make it to the top of Amazon’s Best Seller list in week 51? Disclaimer: I haven’t read these books but maybe I will?


#3 The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller by A.G. Riddle

I’m not familiar with A.G. Riddle, but what’s immediately evident here is the The Atlantis Gene is the first book in a series that’s already become a global best seller. Hats off to A.G. Riddle on that, because this is a common theme among Kindle’s success stories – write a lot, and release. Since this was released in 2003, the author has gone on to sell over 2,000,000 copies, and you can see that it’s lead to a growing fan base. This book alone rising to #3 on Amazon with 4 stars and 13,638 customer reviews. That’s a pretty phenomenal number for a book that’s been out only 3 years. Especially given that it was the author’s first. You’ll also notice it’s available in multiple formats. Like maybe all of them.

You can check out more from A.G. on Amazon here.


#2 Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

Just doing some initial homework on Mariana it looks like she’s published six titles on Amazon since January 2014, and that her work has earned a spot on both the New York Times and USA Today Best Sellers list. No small feat. Is it hard to see why?

Her titles are original, and provocative. Again, I haven’t read any of these, but I’m drawn to stories that depict incongruous characters. The person who has their shit together, but can’t find love. The person who’s driven by passion, but not crazy about the opportunity that’s in front of them. The person who’s kind-hearted, and conventional but has a base hunger for something society deems crass and inappropriate. All of it goes back to the internal conflict we feel when we want something and pursue something better than what we have. It’s that conflict that makes it so difficult to make a choice, and to make sacrifices to get it. Is this ok? Is it worth it? Will I still think so when I have to put in more work to keep it? Will I shut something out because it came about through some unexpected channel?

Shit, that’s all my perspective. Sorry. Just wanted to stress that it gets me thinking about diving into Mariana’s latest title, Wait for It, which has been out only a few weeks and has already made it to the number 2 spot on Amazon’s Best Seller list on the strength of 381 customer reviews averaging a 4.8. That’s pretty fucking impressive.

I know what you’re thinking. I’m not much of a romance reader. Me neither. But having read her amazon page and her website, Mariana seems like a wordsmith, and a compelling writer. And her ideas are relatable. A genre’s just a canvas to tell a story. It’d be a tragedy to narrow your reading to the same one all the time.

Congrats, Mariana! Check out her Amazon page here.


#1 Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star

Nancy Star is a powerhouse and certainly someone to follow on Amazon if you’re not already. Her latest, and the number one on Amazon’s Best Seller list this week tells the story of reconciliation within a family that’s coming to terms with its past. If it sounds like a Hollywood film, it should. Nancy Star’s been writing novels for a while, but also served as a movie executive for over a decade. She’s spent a good deal of time sorting through material from books, plays, films, and pitches. Enough time to pick up on what a good story looks like.

And it looks like this is the first title to appear in the top three that takes advantage of the advanced release feature on Kindle. It’s set for release on January 1st, 2017, but has still earned a 3.9 average rating from 373 customer reviews who thought to take advantage of Kindle First.

I’d have high hopes for this one if you’re into tales of family reconciliation and contemporary fiction.

Not too shabby, Nancy Star. Check out her Amazon page here.


Week 51 Conclusion: This week’s group is as eclectic as they come. The number three spot went to someone who’s reminiscent of another Kindle Best Seller who blew up writing a series of books, but did none of his own marketing. The second went to an exciting author who’s ideas are really compelling, they’re relatable, and hopefully they keep coming. The top spot went to someone who’s been writing, and dissecting work for her whole career. Check back next week (maybe) to see what’s in the top 3 of Kindle’s Bestseller list, and if you’ve read any of these books feel free to leave a recommendation below!

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