For Valentine’s Day: most reviewed books with “love” in the title
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I don’t think I’ve ever used one of my own tips more than when I figured out how to get search results at Amazon to be ranked by most reviewed!
I’m always looking for interesting ways to do book discovery, and this “most reviews” search tends to give me ones which I think are well-known or impactful within a category.
This time, I used the Kindle advanced search to find
There were 56,459 results, out of 3,216,657…about 2%. Seems like love is alive and well. 😉
Here are the top ten at time of writing (I’m writing ahead by a couple of days, so I can concentrate more on my Significant Other on the 14th):
The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts (at AmazonSmile*)
by Gary D. Chapman
4.7 stars out of 5 | 4,955 customer reviews at time of writing
$7.95 | available through Kindle Unlimited (KU)
Interestingly, the most reviewed book by far is not a romance novel, but non-fiction. The author has a radio show about relationships. The publisher has also chosen as one of the categories “Christian living”…I have noticed that faith based books often get a lot of reviews, and often get quite good ratings.
Eat Pray Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia (at AmazonSmile*)
by Elizabeth Gilbert
3.6 stars | 3,555 customer reviews
A very popular book, which became a Julia Roberts movie…neither of which are reviewed particularly well, but clearly, the book has generated a lot of interest. I’m thinking some of you might have guessed this one. 🙂
The One You Love (Emma Holden Suspense Mystery Trilogy, Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)
by Paul Pilkington
3.8 stars | 3,455 reviews
The top reviewed “love” novel is listed as a thriller, not a romance. Maybe not so much of a surprise: hm, who was it that observed that if you wanted to read news stories about love, you should turn to the crime pages rather than the wedding announcements? I’m not finding that right away.This is a case of the “first one free” in a series.
Love You Forever
by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
4.4 stars | 3,055 customer reviews
It looks to me like the words in this book could be accessible to text-to-speech, but they are not. I’m not sure if they were blocked or if they appear in the book as images, so I’m not linking.** I found this book really quite horrifying when we had it when our kid was a kid. It’s a bit like Bridge to Terabithia or The Red Pony in that way…I’m sure it’s traumatized a lot of people. Still, many folks love it.
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Expanded Edition: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment (at AmazonSmile*)
by Steve Harvey
4.3 stars | 3,105 reviews
Yes, that Steve Harvey…and it’s been the inspiration for two movies so far.
Redeeming Love (not linked because the publisher, Random House, blocked text-to-speech access**)
by Francine Rivers
4.8 stars | 2,788 reviews
I thought this one might be categorized as a romance, based on the cover. Nope, it’s Christian historical fiction. Gee, somebody should make up a saying about judging books by their covers… 😉
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin (at AmazonSmile*)
by Erik Larson
4.2 stars | 2,403 reviews
A memoir…so it does look like “true love” is trumping fictional love, for the most part. 😉 Takes place in part in 1933 Berlin…sounds interesting!
Finally! One actually categorized as a romance! 😉
That’s a remarkably high rating with that many reviews! They say it was a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller, and despite the title saying it is part of a series, it is a standalone romance (gee, is that a contradiction in terms?). 😉 Based on the cover, I’m guessing they don’t mean Sterling Archer…
Ugly Love (not linked because the publisher, Simon & Schuster, has blocked text-to-speech access**)
by Colleen Hoover
4.7 stars | 2,040 reviews
Categorized as “women’s fiction”.
And then there were ten!
Regardless of what your current romantic situation is, I wish you a lovely day.
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help!
** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books.
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