What books have been performing well BookBub’s Women’s Fiction list? We’ve compiled a list of books that sold many copies to BookBub subscribers. While the selection below only represents a handful of the many books that have performed above average on our Women’s Fiction list, they do help identify some trends that consistently appeal to our readers. For instance, heartwarming and emotionally wrenching stories often hit high marks, while animals and children also stand out as winning elements (as they do in most BookBub genres).
1. The Sister Season by Jennifer Scott
From its beautiful, wintry cover to the heartwarming themes of family and sisterhood, this book hit the jackpot with several winning BookBub elements. In many ways, it fits the mold of the classic “book club pick.” For our subscribers at least, all that’s missing is a dog.
2. Cracks in the Sidewalk by Bette Lee Crosby
Stories about kids are often big hits with BookBub readers, so it’s no surprise that this emotional tale of a woman searching for her missing grandchildren appealed to them. Plus, it’s based on true events, adding a dose of intrigue to the twisting plot.
3. Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham
The follow-up to Meacham’s highly acclaimed Roses (which drew comparisons to Gone With the Wind), Tumbleweeds stands out as the type of soaring epic that often hits the sweet spot with readers of contemporary women’s fiction. The subtly beautiful cover and Meacham’s New York Times bestselling pedigree likely helped, too.
4. Coming to Rosemont by Barbara Hinske
In a category that doesn’t often feature felonious crimes as a main plot point, it’s somewhat surprising to see this title — with corruption, fraud, and arson coursing through the story — in a list of top performers. But with enough twists and turns to hook any reader’s attention, an adorable dog on the cover, and some classic women’s fiction tropes, Coming To Rosemont delivered more than enough firepower to win over our readers!
5. Clover by Dori Sanders
This “beautifully executed” (School Library Journal) novel centers on race relations in the 1980s South, and brings to mind classics like To Kill a Mockingbird. Like many others on this list, it’s decidedly not typical beach-read material, and packs a serious emotional punch to boot. The charged, discussion-worthy themes make it ripe for book club selection.
6. Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard
A USA Today bestseller, Rescue Me, Maybe tells the story of a stray mutt, a bed & breakfast, and the “annoying” handyman next door. Perfect BookBub trifecta? We think so.
7. Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
If the boatloads of customer reviews and Jackson’s New York Times bestselling background didn’t snag our subscribers (both are associated with higher reader response rates), the moving plot and attractive cover likely did the trick. And as Booklist said in its review, it’s “a perfect choice for book clubs.”
8. Leaves by Michael Baron
Laced with mystery and tension, Leaves adds an intriguing twist to some classic women’s fiction tropes. Combine those with a small town and a relatable plot involving love, family, and overcoming challenges, and it’s no surprise that our subscribers flocked to this title.
Women’s fiction could be considered one of the classic book club genres, and the books above suggest that this trend certainly holds true with BookBub subscribers, as the relatable themes of friendship, bonding, and womanhood in many of the novels would undoubtedly put them on an enviable shortlist for most anyone’s next meeting!
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