Are Book Bloggers Out of Touch with Publishing?

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I started thinking about this when I read the charts of what was selling on Amazon.  I hadn’t heard of most of the books.  I feel like I’m pretty immersed in book world.  Why wasn’t I hearing about any of these super popular books on blogs?

Here’s what is on the New York Times Best Sellers list as I write this.

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I hadn’t heard of any of these books.  Has anyone read these?  Has anyone seen a blogger discuss them?  Honestly, I love Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series but I had no idea this was out. 

This is the nonfiction list.

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Ok, first of all, this is bloody terrifying. The first two books are pro-Trump screeds? Not good. 

Educated looks good and David Sedaris is funny but again, I hadn’t heard of these books before looking this up. 

So why is this?

  1.  Bloggers are so immersed in bookdom that we see the mid-list books that sound amazing and head for those.
  2.  Do these fall under “guilty pleasure” reading?  I don’t like the term but you know what I mean.  I’ll read the Silva eventually because I’ve read the rest of the series but I won’t blog about it.  That’s mostly because it is number 2 million or something in the series so it is hard to talk about and have it make any sense to people who don’t know the series. 
  3. Are there other reasons I’m not thinking of?