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Although it’s been available for merely less than a week, Rick Riordan’s The Mark of Athena has already knocked J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy off the top of Amazon’s Best Sellers list.

Remarkably, Athena has spent nearly five months in the Amazon Top 100. It is the third book in the Heroes of Olympus series. Fifty Shades held the top spot on Amazon’s Best Sellers list for months despite competition from big name authors, so it’s surprising to us to see Rowling leave after only a week.

Rowling’s quick departure from the top spot may be due to the fact that the book had racked up an impressive one million pre-orders prior to the September 27 release, so sales didn’t stay strong online for long. Word of mouth may also be affecting Rowling’s strength; the book has been met with critical reviews from readers who see the book as a majorly obscure departure for the beloved author.

It’s not all bad news for The Casual Vacancy. It set a Goodreads record after being marked “now reading” on the site by more people in one day than for any book in the site’s history.

You can read our Casual Vacancy review in which we are generally positive about the book and definitely do not view it as a book for younger readers. Speaking of younger readers, parents should check out our parental guide to help decide if the book is good for their “darlings.”

This news was first noted by Publisher’s Weekly. Do you have any guesses as to why Rowling left the top spot so quickly?

  • http://www.hypable.com/author/clayton10ify/ Clayton

    Probably because people saw the mixed reviews for The Casual Vacancy and thought that the book wasn’t for them.

  • http://twitter.com/bowski477 Jill

    I loved Rick’s tweet today “Although no one can truly topple JKR. Simply in a class by herself.”

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  • PotterFan1029

    Looks like there was a lot of upfront demand for TCV. Hmm, hopefully positive word of mouth will do good for sales in the coming weeks/months/years.

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    I need to finish Casual Vacancy so I can read this book!

  • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

    This might be a tad off topic, but does anyone know when she’s supposed to be on The Daily Show?

    • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

      J.K. Rowling, that is.

  • rdh014

    Well I guess there is something to be said about children’s literature!

  • GinnyWeasley002

    Mark of Athena has a wider range of readers it appeals too. From children, to YA’s, to adults. Casual Vacancy is purely for adults.

  • Slytherinhero01

    Well I never thought I’d say this but I hated the Casual Vacancy. Although the writing itself was perfect (as I knew it would be) I just could not care less about the characters, the setting, or the theme. It’s not even a book I would have second glanced at if it weren’t for the fact that it was a book written by J.K. My disappointment is pretty high, and even more alarming is the fact that if J.K makes another book and it’s not about Harry or something similar to it I don’t plan on reading it.

    As amazing as she may be, I just don’t think Rowling made a good choice by hopping from a series like Harry Potter to doing something like this. She should have went to YA, a genre that would have welcomed her with open arms and tears. But adult fiction just don’t seem to fit her well, sadly.

    • http://twitter.com/bowski477 Jill

      Rowling has stated in most of her interviews that she is aware that this book would be less appealing and that “lightning would not strike twice”. I am currently enjoying The Casual Vacancy even though it’s no usually my genre. I am happy for Jo that she now has the freedom to write whatever she wants. If it doesn’t appeal to everyone so be it.

      Jo has stated that Harry’s story is over. The only thing I personally think we’ll see is an encyclopedia. Jo doesn’t need to be typecast into a genre of writing. She should be able to write anything she wants.

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