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Top 10 Highest Paid Authors

20 Aug

According to Forbes.com, here are the top 10 most highly paid authors from June 2009 – June 2010. 

  1. James Patterson
  2. Stephanie Meyer
  3. Stephen King
  4. Danielle Steel
  5. Ken Follett
  6. Dean Koontz
  7. Janet Evanovich
  8. John Grisham
  9. Nicholas Sparks
  10. J.K. Rowling

I am only surprised by one name on this list, Ken Follett. Granted it’s a nice surprise since his book, The Pillars of the Earth is one of my Top 5 favorite books of all time and I adore Follett.  He’s a very accomplished author, but he hasn’t written a novel since 2007 (World Without End) which is why I’m surprised to see him on this list.  There is currently a Pillars of the Earth miniseries going on the Starz network, which may have boosted his book sales.  He has his next novel, Fall of Giants, being pre-ordered too and coming out this September, which I am completely excited for too.  It is the first book of a trilogy (I love trilogies)!  So I guess those 2 things for him this year are what has made him so highly paid.

J.K. Rowlings has also not had a book release for some time – Tales of Beetle the Bard was released in 2008, but obviously this one didn’t surprise me one bit. 

Read the entire Forbes article here.

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Lisbeth Salander Chosen

17 Aug

The character of Lisbeth Salander in the American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson has been cast.  And she’s pretty much unknown.  Her name is Rooney Mara and until now she’s been in a few episodes of Law & Order, the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street, a movie called Youth in Revolt and that’s about it.  I think her being obscure adds to the excitement of this movie coming out!  If you haven’t read this trilogy yet, now is a perfect time. If you know me personally and want to borrow these books, let me know!

This is Neville?

17 Aug

Holy Cow – this is Matt Lewis, who plays Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter movies.

He looks completely different (hot)!  I made this picture huge so you can see that it’s really him!

Lit Bits: Popular Fiction News 8/3/10

6 Aug

Hi Everyone! I’m trying out a new weekly format and I would love your feedback on it.  Do you find the content valuable?  Is there content missing that you’d like to see?  Is it not worth it to do at all?  Please comment on this post and let me know!   Thanks, Karen

This Week’s Trade Paperback Fiction Bestsellers

(why trade paperback?)
  1. THE GIRL …DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson 57 weeks
  2. THE GIRL …FIRE, by Stieg Larsson 18 weeks
  3. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave 23 weeks
  4. ONE DAY, by David Nicholls 5 weeks
  5. UNDER THE DOME, by Stephen King 3 weeks
  6. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese  26 weeks
  7. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, by Jennifer Weiner 12 weeks
  8. SWIMSUIT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 6 weeks
  9. THE LACUNA, by Barbara Kingsolver 1 week
  10. THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, by Garth Stein 59 weeks

Also, THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett is still on the Hardcover Fiction Bestseller list (69 weeks and counting!)

Next Week’s Book Releases (8/10/10)

  • TOUGH CUSTOMER by Sandra Brown (Hardcover)
  • CURE by Robin Cook (Hardcover)
  • DEATH ON THE D-LIST by Nancy Grace (Hardcover)
  • WERE YOU BORN ON THE WRONG CONTINENT? by Thomas Geoghegan (Hardcover)
  • VEIL OF NIGHT by Linda Howard (Hardcover)
  • THE VIGILANTES (BADGE OF HONOR SERIES #10) by W. E. B. Griffin(Hardcover)

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