Trending Books, May 19th-25th!

Hello again avid readers! Have you come back to see into our crystal ball of trends once again and discover the books that are taking off on Twitter? Well you’re in luck! We are a generous and kind fortune teller and are happy to share our knowledge with you. Gaze upon the trending books with joy!

First up we have the highest trending book, J.R.R. Tolkien’s translation and commentary of Beowulf. Although he completed it in 1926, the Lord of the Rings author never had it published, and unpublished it remained until now! The Twitterverse is clearly excited to to get their hands on it if the number of people tweeting about it is any indication.

Following up on the trending list we have The Forever Girl, by Rebecca Hamilton! A spooky thriller that was recently optioned for film, it tells the tale of a girl capable of magic acts trying to solve a murder. Is her magic is powerful as our own psychic book trend tracking? You’d have to check it out to find out.

On the subject of thrilling mysteries, The Eight, by Katherine Neville, topping the “Mysteries and Thrillers” trending chart. Computer expert Cat Velis must seek out hidden artifacts while warding off danger in a tale that could perhaps be described as “Da Vinci Code-esque.”

If you’re both hungry AND concerned about the sustainability of our lifestyle, then have we got a book for you! It’s Dan Barbers The Third Plate, and it concerns both of those things we just mentioned. If his vision of the future of American eating comes to pass, you can say “I already knew that was going to happen.”

Like video games? Well Speccy Nation, currently topping the tech trending charts, could be perfect for you. Dan Whitehead’s book recounts the history of the ZX Spectrum, one of the earliest video gaming machines. Whitehead goes through fifty games that defined the dawn of British development. Even if you’re aware of Atari and the NES, you only know one end of the video game history spectrum (see what we did?)

Want to find out more secret knowledge about what books are going big? Well then check out Bookvibe Trends for yourself!

 

Trending Books May 12th-18th

Danger strikes in the heart of Gotham. Somewhere, someone is tweeting about a book that you are destined to love, but how will you discover it? Suddenly you look up a silhouette lighted against the clouds, it’s the book signal, which can only mean one thing: Bookvibe! Find out about that and all the best books people talking about over at Bookvibe’s Weekly Trending Books.

This week’s top trending book was The Lean Enterprise: How Corporations Can Innovate Like Startups by Trevor Owens, the Founder & CEO of Javelin.com, an innovation training & software company known for the Lean Startup Machine workshop. Javelin is a fitting name considering that his book has sportingly shot its way to the top of the charts since it’s release this march.

Next up we’ve got No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald. Fittingly, you’d have to be hiding under a rock to have not heard of this story. Now obviously the NSA has already gotten their own leaked copy, but word of tweet has ensured that the book is as public as prism.

Over in Scifi, we’ve got Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. Find out where the new Batfleck costume got it’s look, leading IGN’s Scott Collura to tweet the following:

And if Batman isn’t enough to shake you to your core, why not try the other major loner vigilante in American publishing, Sam Harris, who’s book Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion has completed a hail mary pass to make it to the top of our Self-help section. Congratulations Sam, your prayers have been answered!

Also on the charts is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling, which has just been greenlit for a 3 movie picture deal, finally The Hobbit will have some competition for the most over-inflated adaptation for the purpose of selling popcorn!

But what’s that? You need more Ben Affleck movie tie-ins to make your week complete? Oh fine. at number 5 on the mystery and thriller list we have Gone Girl: A Novel, by Gillian Flynn. In this book, Nick Dunne, played by Ben Affleck in the forthcoming adaptation has to figure out who killed his wife before the crime gets pinned on him. We’re not worried though, because when it comes to mysteries, who’s better at solving them than Batman, The World’s Greatest Detective!

That’s all for now, but stay tuned to find about the books that are racing up the charts and sign up for Bookvibe so you can get in on the action first!

Trending Books May 5th-11th

You may think New York, Paris, or Milan is the place to find out what’s trendiest, but NEWSFLASH, it’s Bookvibe Weekly Trending books! If you want to know what books all the hippest cats on Twitter are tweeting about, there’s no better place to go.

The top trending book was Midnight Crossroad, by Charlaine Harris. Does that name sound familiar to you? Well it might be because she was the mind behind a little known cult series called True Blood! Midnight Crossroad is the first of her new trilogy, and now because of Bookvibe, you can get it on the action before it goes huge.

Following that, we have The Snuggie Sutra, by Lex Friedman. Are you right in the middle of the Venn Diagram of people who erotic acrobatics and people who love snuggies? Well surprisingly you’re part of quite the large group!

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso has a title perfect that perfectly represents its Twitter trending prowess. Amorouso found great success selling vintage clothing under the “Nasty Girl” label, so it might be worth your while to check out the book from the woman the New York Times called the “Cinderella of Tech”

Meanwhile Ryan Holiday‘s The Obstacle is the Way will help you learn how to turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones with tales of people who have done just that throughout history.

Want to read about the dangers of the surveillance state? Well then check out the trending Nowhere to Hide, by Glenn Greenwald.

Feeling hungry? Well then Guy on Fire by the spiky haired Guy Fieri himself may be up your alley. It topped the Food and Wine trending chart for the week!

That’s all for now, but stay tuned to hear about the books that are lighting up the charts and sign up for Bookvibe so you can get in on the action first!

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Busiest Days of the Week for Books on Twitter

Ever wondered why some days your Twitter feed is awash with book mentions and other days it’s empty? So did we!

Luckily, we keep note of book tweets as part of our core recommendation engine. And, on closer inspection, we’ve found the busiest and quietest days in the literary Twitter world:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays are typically the busiest days for book tweets with nearly a quarter of a million tweets. That’s ~35% more than the calmest day for book tweets – Saturday.

  • And while Friday and Saturday have very regular numbers of book tweets, Monday and Tuesday vary considerably week to week!

What could be behind these numbers? It turns out it’s all down to marketing…

Large book releases normally take place on Tuesdays and are accompanied by a flood of social media activity. These tweets (and RTs) from publishers, agents, authors drive people to comment on the book and indicate that they want to buy or want to read the title. The surge that we see on Mondays and Tuesdays gradually dies away as the week progresses and marketing activity slows down.

This also explains why the number of tweets at the start of the week varies dramatically – it’ll be highest for weeks with plenty of large book launches and lower for weeks where smaller launches and lower marketing budgets are in play.

Friday and Saturday are super-consistent in terms of tweets because these come predominantly from real people (as opposed to organisations) who are talking about the books they are reading over the weekend.

At BookVibe, we know that the promotional tweets that dominate Monday and Tuesday are often less interesting for you to read. We’ve been improving our filtering techniques so that you see more relevant tweets from individuals you care about. Take a look at your bookstream and let us know how we’re doing!

 

Trending Books April 28th – May 4th

Bookvibe is here every week to bring you the latest in which books people are talking about and what they have to say (in 140 characters or fewer, anyway). Do you know why there are so many people talking about the classic Dr. Seuss book Hop on Pop and what it has to do with a little land called Canada? Check out Bookvibe Trending Books and subscribe to our newsletter today and you won’t have to miss out on another literary event ever again.

The Haunting of Hill House is the most talked about book this week, as the result of both the exceptional and terrifying writing of Shirley Jackson circa 1959… and also because it was part of a lyric hunt by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

You might also want to check out the second place trending book…when it comes out! The anticipated fifth and final book in the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus, scores a top trending spot months before release. They say lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, but if the Author of the Lightning Thief has anything to say about it, five times could be a charm.

Which brings us to Hop on Pop, or the scourge of parents everywhere, if you’re to believe the unnamed complainant to the Toronto Public Library, who lodged an official complaint that the 1963 book by Dr. Seuss “encourages children to use violence against their fathers.” The complainant asked the book be banned and the library “issue an apology to fathers in the GTA and pay for damages resulting from the book.” The library has declined to take action on the matter.

When you’re done enjoying the top 10 list, check out a couple categories. Over in Best Food and Wine Books, the top honor goes to Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond. Meanwhile over in the best of Self-Help we’ve got Andrew Solomon’s winner of the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize, Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity. And following close is Ryan Holiday’s ‘The Obstacle Is the Way”, which saw a quick surge of buzz after being selected for Tim Ferriss’s Book Club.

All this and more in this week’s Bookvibe Trending!

Trending Books April 21st-27th

May is here and we know you do not want to be exposed for not having read the trendiest books right now. What will you do if you’re at a party and someone brings up the “it” book and you can’t even describe the cover? Major social faux pas.  Well good news because Bookvibe Trending Books is here to save the day again!

The Casual Vacancy is the most talked about book this week. This was J.K. Rowling’s first book outside of the Harry Potter universe, and with recent news that it’s being adapted into a joint HBO/BBC mini-series, this work about an election in a small British village is getting all sorts of buzz.

Speaking of adaptations, Roald Dahl’s The BFG is being turned into a movie directed by a young up-and-comer named Stevie Spielberg. The classic tale of girl-meets-giant has been read around the world and now that it’s being turned into a movie you might not actually mind bringing your kids to its Twitter profile is soaring.

Prefer non-fiction? Well, also trending is Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School. Check it out to learn more about the original party dude.

In the self-help section, we’ve got Arianna Huffington’s Thrive. A must read to discover other ways to define success in the modern world.

And on the science fiction side the Twitter chat is all about The Taking, which tells the story of a girl who skips forward five years into the future. Everyone has moved on while she was gone and she must unravel the mystery of what happened in her life.

All this and more in this week’s Bookvibe Trending!