“Where the Crawdads Sing” continues to hold the No. 1 spot on USA TODAY’s best-selling books list this week as the film adaptation, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and David Strathairn, debuts in theaters. The novel has spent more than 200 weeks on the list since its release in 2018.
But a very different kind of book claims the title for this week’s best debut at No. 4: Brad Thor’s new thriller, “Rising Tiger” (Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 336 pp.). Thor, who briefly flirted with running for president in 2020, is best known for penning thrillers starring former Navy SEAL and Secret Service agent Scot Harvath, who stars in his latest.
Thor is no stranger to the bestseller list, with all of his 22 novels making the cut over the years, including every book in the Harvath series and two #1s: 2019’s “Backlash” and “Hidden Order” from 2013.
Here’s what worked well this week:
The best-selling book of 2019 is…“Where the Crawdads Sing”, by Delia Owens
STEMinist rom-com ‘Below Zero’
There’s a new rom-com subgenre that we’ve noticed and are really enjoying: STEMinist romance.
What is a STEMinist romance? It’s not just the chemistry between the two main characters. A STEMinist romantic comedy features a protagonist whose work and life revolves around science, technology, engineering, math, and love.
On this week’s list, author Ali Hazelwood’s new STEMinist “Below Zero” (Berkley, 112 pp.) debuts at No. 16. “Below Zero” follows Hazelwood’s previous books and bestsellers USA TODAY “The Love Hypothesis”, “Love on the Brain”, “Under One Roof”, and “Stuck With You”.
In “Below Zero”, NASA aerospace engineer Hannah finds herself injured and stranded at a remote Arctic research station only for her longtime rival, Ian, to attempt a rescue.
Hazelwood is just one of the authors who popularized this 21st century trope. Other STEMinist romantic comedies include Christina Lauren’s 2021 bestseller “The Soulmate Equation”, Helen Hoang’s 2018 bestseller “The Kiss Quotient”,
The best romantic comedies of July:‘Dream On’ by Angie Hockman, ‘From the Jump’ by Lacie Waldon