Apparently, I’ve been a bad Kansan. I’ve lived here nearly all my life, but according to this list of the most popular books in each state, I’ve totally failed.
I haven’t read the most popular book in my state.
Heck, I haven’t even heard of it.
The High Lord: The Black Magician Trilogy. Anybody heard of it? Anybody read it? Bueller? Bueller?
It’s the third book in said trilogy by an Australian writer named Trudi Canavan. It has good reviews on GoodReads and Amazon. But the most popular book in our state? Really?
Now, I’m not putting that much belief into this tally, mainly because I’ve never heard of the service (maybe I’m just out of the loop?), and just using a single service as a guide seems like extremely thin accounting.
Actually, I’m being nice. My journalism background knows exactly what this is: lazy. A press release and easy inches to fill the page. Trust me.
But I wasn’t in the Parade newsroom when this story sprang to life. Thus, I’ll just give you the best outsider’s evidence: No state has the same book.
With the prevalence of bestsellers out there, don’t you find that a bit odd? I mean, I understand it would be boring if every single state had The Goldfinch as its top pick. Or Life After Life. Or some other mega hit. But no two states have the same runaway bestseller? Yeah, that’s the single source/small sample/press release laziness talking.
Thus, I’ve been trying to think about what might be the actual most popular book in my state.
Mostly, the list I’ve come up with includes books that are either longtime, huge bestsellers (The Harry Potter series, Dan Brown’s books, James Patterson’s books, etc.) or books assigned for school reading (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter).
Of course, those are all serious, practical answers. As far as what I personally believe should be the current bestseller here? Why not Gone Girl? It’s written by a University of Kansas graduate and it’s undeniably popular.
What should be your current state’s bestseller?