I'll be honest, I haven't really been paying attention to the NPR blog like I should be. I've really been checking BookPage and Kirkus Reviews more regularly. One of the things I love about Kirkus Reviews is they have a quick overview of the best sellers and recommend "buy it", "borrow it", or "skip it". To be honest, I love reading the "skip it" stuff the most. I like knowing when a book isn't as good, and why.
Having just checked the NPR blog now, it seems to me like they're reviewing a lot of the same books I keep seeing all over. I cant help but feel like there's a handful of books each month (or whatever) and they get reviewed positively all over so I see them everywhere and then all of the customers want to read those books that get reviewed and then all of these good books that didn't get reviewed everywhere get left behind.
What's popular in my branch? Goodness. Everything. People line up for the new James Patterson, Debbie Macomber, Danielle Steel etc. Jewishly related fiction (I seriously need to come up with a better term than that) is also pretty popular, but that would be a reflection of the Pikesville area population. Kids devour pretty much every series and are constantly asking for the next book only to find out it's not coming out for the next several months or more. It's actually one of the things I love about working at this branch, there really are readers here. People leave with stacks of books.
So I actually look forward to Amazon's best of the month every month. I think it's really interesting what they pick and it generally gives me a good sense of what's coming down the pike in terms of popularity. In fact, Hugh Jackman actually posted a picture to his Instagram today of him reading The Gene: an Intimate History.
Anyway, I think The Atomic Weight of Love might take off here. Romance and sweeping timeline seems to go over very well at this branch.