Yesterday, I did my “at least every two weeks” review of highly reader rated gay and lesbian fiction for the Amazon Kindle (and just about any other device that can read a Kindle file…which is just about every computing device any more). Those books tend to stay on the list for a long time. They have lot’s of 4+ to 5 star reader ratings over a long period since their publication. Only occasionally does a new book crack the top ten.
To keep things interesting and to see what may be jumping onto the highly rated lists, I always run lists of the top 5 current best selling (most popular) Kindle works too. On the lesbian side of the equation, which I wrote about yesterday, the 5 books are typically different from the top 10 highly rated but they do tend to stay on the popularity list for at least of few weeks or more. They also jump on and off the list for a few months before being completely replaced.
It’s different with the guys. While the gay, “highly rated” list is pretty stagnate, that’s definitely NOT the case with the popularity list! If a book is on the gay “trending popular list for more than two weeks, it’s likely because there’s a slow down in new material to the Kindle marketplace. The guys read A LOT. They’re not reading thrown together crap either. Books that make the trending popular list do so because they’re getting decent reviews and so more people are buying them. Word gets around and it gets around quickly!
Now, the dirty little secret of the popular gay fiction for the Kindle is that a lot of it is written by straight women for other women. Yes, you read that right! So, while gay men are buying this stuff, straight women are also. Most of the stuff that hit’s the “popular” list is written for a wide spectrum of drama/romance readers. Keeping that in mind, here are this weeks top 5:
1. The Absolutist by John Boyne. This one, and only this one has been a “long term resident of the “trending popular” list. It’s been hanging around, off and on, since its publication in July of this year.
2. by Ryan Quinn – a brand new book to this list. It was published in May and it’s Quinn’s 1st novel. It’s not only doing well in the “Gay Fiction” category for the Kindle; it’s doing even better in the “Sports Fiction” category. Way to go Ryan Quinn!
3. But For You (A Matter of Time) from Mary Calmes – one of those female writers I mentioned above. Actually, Mary is quite a prolific and popular writer of gay romantic fiction. This book, published only in October, jumped right onto the list because of the popularity of her books. It’s been here a few weeks.
4. Reflash (Assassin/Shifter) by Sandrine Gasq-Dion, a highly popular author and no stranger to this list. In fact, at present Gasq-Dion has 3 more books in the top 10 on the popular list at least one of which is a part of this series. Though this is the first appearance for this book, which came out in October, the author truly has the hottest hand right now!
And last, but by no means least, we have a book that been here a few weeks…
5. An Unconventional Courtship by Scotty Cade. Cade is an out gay man and a writer of several popular works of gay fiction. This one, like several others here, was released in October.
So, there you have it! To keep up with the latest most popular works in gay Kindle fiction, just click the link!