Look we have the similar tastes in MADs because I actually saw that months ago and it became instant favorite for me too. I've got an account just for reference.
As for sales are concerned, TR seemed moderately popular before it got an adaptation (IIRC avg about 23-25k). In fact right before the anime was aired, some of the later volumes 8 and 10 got a boost. It and it seems now that sales have now surged again:
Too bad it's ebooks rather than hard copies/paybacks since Oricon doesn't count digital sales but a good sign eitherway. I think when vol 11 comes out next it's sales will get us a decent indicator how much effect the anime had in strengthening series awareness. If LN sales have double then a 2nd season not unlikely. We production committees are far more how original product fares TV series anyway.
It's only the first book, so not that fast w. The sparks are there though.
As for mystery, frankly, I'm a little disappointed with it. After opening with a murder scene right away, I was expecting the murder to be the main topic of the mystery, but instead I got 1/3 of the book concerning the murder, and the other 2/3 containing mystery of hyakunin isshu orz. The book itself is entertaining and educating, and the characters are charming, but for someone who knows zip about hyakunin isshu, I'm mostly left with "what are they talking about" instead of "oh, this interpretation of hyakunin isshu is interesting". I don't know if I'll buy next volume or not, but even if I do, it will be after I read several reviews next time what's the main topic in the book.
For mystery book, Higashino is still king(and his book is interesting IMO) currently, so it's no wonder so it's a little wonder that his book is in Oricon charts alot.
Been busy with exams and overtime this past month, so haven't been been reading as much as I want. I just finished reading Q.E.D, and while it's very interesting, why do they have to take Karuta as the main theme of the opening volume T_T. I don't understand karuta and hyakunin isshu T_T. Plan to pick up Biblia 5 and Subete ga F ni naru next(I know, it's blasphemy that I haven't even touched Biblia ><).
For next season, I'm definitely picking up Kindaichi if it indeed air. Beside that, I'm not really sure yet. Will probably pick up 1 or 2 episode of Mahouka to see how much it fail, and maybe 1 other mecha shows, probably Sidonia no Kishi. How about you? Pick up any good book? Have any show you're really look forward to next season?
P.S. I agree "the-leader-that-only-exist-in-flashback" is best girls :3. She's even better in the (free) side stories centering around her journey to Japan
I actually felt like watching anime the last couple of days so watched like 11 episodes of Log Horizon a couple days ago and 8 episodes of Tokyo Ravens yesterday. Tokyo Ravens is actually pretty decent, shame the first episode was kinda weak since I didn't bother to watch anymore until yesterday.
How's the anime hold up in comparison to the light novels?