UK Bestsellers: May 2012

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Having been widely panned in just about every review I've read, it saddens me a little bit that people are still clammering to buy copies of the Fifty Shades trilogy - are we all so lacking in our own sex lives that we are willing to put up with atrocious writing to live vicariously through some cobbled together fan fiction? I could explain away the success of the first book based mainly on the curiosity factor, but why, oh why, are people continuing to trawl through this guff? Go and have your own explosive sex life and pick up a decent piece of literature between orgasms. Fffft. Ok, rant over. Something I've actually been looking forward to reading, Bring up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel's long-awaited sequel to her booker-winning Wolf Hall, is finally here - I shall be grabbing a copy asap. The rest of the top ten is much the same as it's been for a few months with little movement, although I am enjoying gauging how far through George R. R. Martin's epic series the average reader is, by which books are making the chart.

The top ten bestselling books in May, according to Amazon UK:

1
Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James book cover

E L James
£3.00 from Amazon
2
Fifty Shades Darker by E L James book cover

E L James
£3.00 from Amazon
3
Fifty Shades Freed by E L James book cover

E L James

£3.00 from Amazon
4
Gok Cooks Chinese Food by Gok Wan book cover

Gok Wan
£8.86 from Amazon
5
The Thread by Victoria Hislop book cover

Victoria Hislop
£2.99 from Amazon
6
Bringing Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel book cover

Hilary Mantel
£8.86 from Amazon
7
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes book cover

Jojo Moyes
£3.86 from Amazon
8
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins book cover

Suzanne Collins
£14.30 from Amazon
9
A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin book cover

Georg R. R. Martin
£3.86 from Amazon
10
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin book cover

George R. R. Martin
£3.86  from Amazon
Prices correct on 31/05/2012

2 comments:

readwriteandlive said...

I appreciate your little rant. I just wrote a post on my blog with an extended rant about the trilogy if you care to read it. At any rate, I don't understand the hype. It saddens me to see real talent and quality writing being pushed down the list so readers can "get their freak on" in the literary sense.
Have a great weekend!

Matthew (The Bibliofreak) said...

Haha, thanks - I will definitely stop by and check out your more verbose rant.

I don't think I've ever got my 'freak on' in a literary sense - how disgusting ;P But I agree, it saddens me that a little titillation sends the masses flocking to bookshops, and truly great literature barely raises an eyebrow.

Still, to each their own. Hope you had a super weekend too :)