Colleen Hoover returns to the top of ‘s Best-Selling Books list this week with “Verity,” its debut in the top spot. “Verity,” which is about a struggling writer who is hired to complete the works of a permanently injured author, replaces Hoover’s “It Ends With Us,” which was No. 1 for the past two weeks, and joins “Reminders of Him” as part of Hoover’s stable of No. 1s in 2022.
In the past 10 years, Hoover has gone from a self-published newbie to a bestselling powerhouse. And there is no sign of her slowing down. Her next novel “It Starts With Us,” which is her highly anticipated sequel to “It Ends With Us,” is due out Oct. 18 and tells fan favorite Atlas’s side of the story.
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JK Rowling’s latest Robert Galbraith novel tops new fiction
“The Ink Black Heart” (Mulholland Books, 1,024 pp.), the latest installment of the Cormoran Strike series written by JK Rowling under the pen name Robert Galbraith, tops this week’s debut fiction at No. 3. The sixth novel (or tome, given its length) of the series finds private detective Strike and his partner Robin Ellacott investigating the murder of a cartoonist after she was persecuted online.
Rowling’s recent history on Twitter may have inspired her new storyline.
In the summer of 2020, Rowling tweeted numerous opinions on the trans community that conflated sex with gender and defended ideas suggesting that changing one’s biological sex threatens her own gender identity. As a result, the author was accused of being transphobic and backlash on Twitter ensued.
In January 2020, Rowling’s last Galbraith novel, “Troubled Blood,” debuted at No. 6, and her children’s book “The Christmas Pig,” penned under her own name, debuted at No. 5 in October 2021
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‘Carrie Soto Is Back’ is Taylor Jenkins Reid’s fifth best seller of 2022
Taylor Jenkins Reid is on a winning streak herself, with five novels on the best sellers list. Her new book “Carrie Soto Is Back” (Ballantine, 384 pp.) debuted at No. 7 on this week’s list. Also on the list are Reid’s previous novels “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,” “One True Loves,” “Malibu Rising” and “Daisy Jones & The Six.”
“Carrie Soto Is Back” follows retired tennis star Carrie Soto, the best player the world has ever seen, as she returns to the court to mount a comeback when a rising tennis star beats her world record. The novel also proves to be timely.
According to ‘s Hannah Yasharoff, who gave the novel ★★★½ (out of four), “it’s impossible to read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s latest novel without thinking of Serena Williams.” The book was released during Williams’ last professional appearance at the US Open after she announced her retirement. According to the author, Williams was an inspiration for the book.
“Reid’s writing is extraordinary in its empathy for women navigating uncharted fame and success,” the review reads. “Following the mental trajectory of a certified champion like Soto is endlessly fascinating and makes the book impossible to put down.”
‘Carrie Soto Is Back:Taylor Jenkins Reid’s new book is a perfectly timed ode to Serena Williams
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff