Most reviewed Kindle Unlimited books by category
I continue to be amazed and delighted with books I stumble across in
Amazon’s subser (subscription service) launched in July with a bit over 600,000 titles…and has already grown to over 800,000!
When I run across books I want to read, I add them to a special Amazon wish list I have just for that purpose.
I thought what I’d do, though, is go through each of the major categories in the USA Kindle store within Kindle Unlimited, and see what book is the most reviewed in each of them.
I use “most reviewed” (which is a sort I apply myself…see New search tip: sort by Most Reviews for information about how I do it) because I find that tends to net me the most “mainstream” of the books. Bestselling is more ephemeral…it changes often, but once you have reviews, you aren’t likely to go backwards.😉 These review counts aren’t limited to the Kindle editions, so that also helps find the “standard list”.
The categories are, I believe, chosen by the publisher…you might not agree with a book being put in a particular category, because the publisher may have done it for marketing purposes. I’ve seen the same book classified as fiction and non-fiction, for example.
Here are those major categories (with the count of KU titles) and the most reviewed Kindle Unlimited book in each:
- Arts & Photography (30,142): Guitar Mastery Simplified: How Anyone Can Quickly Become a Strumming, Chords, and Lead Guitar Ninja by Erich Andreas
- Biographies & Memoirs (28,514): Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
- Business & Money (41,419): Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
- Children’s eBooks (69,943): Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Comics & Graphic Novels (4,315): 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) by Matthew Inman
- Computers & Technology (7,918): Windows 8 For Dummies by Andy Rathbone
- Cookbooks, Food & Wine (22,976): Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
- Crafts, Hobbies & Home (18,421): Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote
- Education & Reference (34,478): The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
- Foreign Languages (125,075): Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal (Libro 1) (Spanish Edition) by J.K. Rowling
- Gay & Lesbian (6,623): The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Health, Fitness & Dieting (55,911): The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary D Chapman
- History (17,415): Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
- Humor & Entertainment (25,470): Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Literature & Fiction (261,891): The Hobbit: 75th Anniversary Edition by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien
- Mystery, Thriller & Suspense (56,656): The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1) by A.G. Riddle
- Parenting & Relationships (16,289): What to Expect When You’re Expecting: 4th Edition by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
- Politics & Social Sciences (17,236): Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
- Professional & Technical (24,799): The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
- Religion & Spirituality (75,668): The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary D Chapman
- Romance (52,448): War Brides by Helen Bryan
- Science & Math (11,640): The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
- Science Fiction & Fantasy (63,016):
Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 – 5) (The Silo Series) by Hugh Howey
- Self-Help (29,000): E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout
- Sports & Outdoors (13,823): Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote
- Teen & Young Adult (36,202): The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
- Travel (12,802): The Illegal Gardener (Greek Village Book 1) by Sara Alexi
These books would cost you over a hundred dollars to buy to own…if you read ten books a month, you are getting to read them at the cost of about a dollar a book.
You can see the impact of the categorization thing I mentioned: several books are the most reviewed book in more than one category.
Obviously, some of them are also very well known! However, if you asked me as a former brick-and-mortar bookstore manager to recommend a science book or a romance book, for example, I wouldn’t say these would be the first ones to come to mind.
Hopefully, this listing will help you find a book or more to use with your KU membership. If you aren’t a KU member, you can get a free month…or you could buy the books.
What do you think? Pick one or more of these categories…what would be the first book that came to mind for you? Do any of them match the above? Which categorizations surprised you the most? Do you think that using the “most reviews” produces fairly representative choices? If not, how would you suggest I do that? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.
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