No author has ever topped the USA TODAY Best Seller list week after week like Colleen Hoover in 2022. Sure, other authors have had multiple titles appear on the best seller list for different weeks, but they have all fallen. much less than Hoover, who won a total of 15 titles in one week this summer. Three of his books, “Reminiscences of Him,” “It Ends With Us” and “Verity,” took the No. 1 so far this year.
Hoover managed to write half of the top 10 books in sales this year. In the past 10 years, she’s gone from self-published newbie to wholesale powerhouse. And there’s no sign of her slowing down. Hoover’s next novel, “It Starts With Us,” the follow-up to her bestseller “It Ends With Us,” is scheduled for publication on October 18.
So who is Colleen Hoover, and how did she and her novels become so popular?
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Who is Colleen Hoover?
Colleen Hoover, 42, lives in a small town in east Texas just outside of Sulfur Springs. She worked for several years as a social worker before becoming a consultant at WIC, a nutrition program for women, children and infants. While at WIC, Hoover began to pursue her writing career. She would write on a laptop borrowed from her mother during her off hours, often while one of her sons was doing play exercises. She gave the novel to her mother as a Christmas present, and not long after, she published it herself to share with her friends and family. “Slammed” (2012) is her first published novel and the first book to appear on USA TODAY’s Best-Role Books list. In total, she has written 22 novels and three novellas, and contributed to two bestsellers.
What kind of books does Colleen Hoover write?
Hoover’s books fall into new genres for adults and young adults. The content varies. For example, the author’s interest in slam poetry was a major influence on “Slammed.” Both the series “Slammed” and the “Hopeless” were inspired by Hoover’s social work career.
But Hoover explored different genres in her novels. For example, her interest in the paranormal led her to write “Layla,” in which the title character experiences a life-threatening attack, after which inexplicable things begin to happen around her. Hoover has also written thrillers and love stories with twists and turns involving heartbreak and mental health struggles.
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Which Colleen Hoover book should you read first?
“It Ends With Us” is one of Hoover’s most popular and widely accepted novels, and a good starting point. It was Hoover’s highest-ranking novel on the bestseller list ahead of its sequel, “It Starts With Us,” which arrives Oct. 18.
Many of Hoover’s plot lines involve emotionally intense situations including sexual assault, enduring trauma, infertility and abusive relationships. If you want to start out with something less intense, try “Maybe Someday.” For young adult fans, the series “Slammed”, “Regretting You” and “Without Merit” are good choices.
How did Colleen Hoover’s novels become so popular?
While Hoover has consistently been a bestseller since her debut on the USA TODAY list, her popularity has grown over the past two years. Her sales surge can be attributed to her popularity on TikTok, especially in the platform’s #booktok subculture. Publishers Weekly chronicled the phenomenon as Hoover’s 2016 book “It Ends With Us” began climbing the bestseller lists in 2020.
There are fifteen of Hoover’s novels on this week’s list; “It Ends With Us” tops them all at No. 2. The novel, which is No. 1 previously, on the list for a total of 76 weeks. Her latest novel, “Reminders of Him,” which is now on the list, appeared at No. 1 in January.
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