Silly Season: The ABC of Amazon (Aug 2018)

Back in 2009, I did a silly post looking to see what came up in Amazon’s predictive text when searching books for each letter of the alphabet. Having come across this post during some blog maintenance, (rather than writing reviews!) I thought I’d try it again nine years later… Here are the results:

A is for adult colouring books

B is for books bestsellers 2018

C is for children’s books – the same as in 2009

D is for David Walliams

E is for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Well (my review here)

F is for free kindle books

G is for Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Eleanor Favelli and Francesca Cavallo

H is for Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I is for I am, I am, I am  by Maggie O’Farrell (my review here)

J is for Julia Donaldson

K is for kindle books

L is for Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

M is for Matt Haig

N is for Nadiya’s Family Favourites

O is for One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

P is for Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall

Q is for Quiet by Susan Cain

R is for Richard & Judy Book Club 2018 paperbacks

S is for Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

T is for This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (my review here)

U is for Usborne sticker books – still Usborne, but ‘childrens’ before

V is for vegan cookbook – very trendy!

W is for Wonder by R J Palacio – still high after the film (my review here)

X is for X-men – bizarrely, still the same – surely that franchise is past?

Y is for You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything by Matthew Syed

Z is for Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories from the Palestinian Kitchen by Yasmin Khan

What was interesting this time, after taking out all the children’s titles (note Walliams has replaced Dahl), was the number of specific popular non-fiction titles that came up – from Maggie O’Farrell and Adam Kay’s memoirs, Susan Cain’s Quiet to the mighty Sapiens (both of which have been out for some time) and Tim Marshall’s newer geopolitics book.   Gardening and Yoga as general searches have been replaced by various cookery books. Naturally, I was delighted to see some specific titles getting a mention, replacing the multiple mentions of Stephanie Meyer books from last time. Go Atwood & Ng, Haig and Honeyman.

I know this snapshot doesn’t really mean much – or does it? 

Those specific searches for non-fic and novels do encourage me. What do you think?

5 thoughts on “Silly Season: The ABC of Amazon (Aug 2018)

  1. How interesting! I wonder whether the results would be different if you were signed in to Amazon or not, and whether clearing your cookies etc would skew the results. I do tend to find the same searches bring different results different days so frankly I’m really not sure how they work. I shall have to try it and see what comes up for me!

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