Trending Books, June 16th-June 22nd

The World Cup is entering its knock-out phase and hordes of fans will soon be left with an empty hole in their summer as their team is eliminated! Time to fill the gap with some great books from our weekly trending books list.

The top trending book this week was Daniel Keyes’s classic children’s book Flowers for Algernon. Keyes passed away on June 15th at the age of 86. In the wake of Keyes’s death, many readers decided to revisit the author’s most famous novel, which details the issues faced by the mentally disabled.

For those who are looking for a recently published read (and are also a little sporty)—check out Nate Robinson’s memoir Heart Over Height. Robinson, a point guard for the Denver Nuggets, gives a “behind the scenes” look at his NBA career. The 5’9” Robinson proves that perseverance and hard work are more important than height when trying to succeed as a professional basketball player.

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Memoirs were popular this week as actress Lea Michele’s Brunette Ambition was also a top trending book. This illustrated memoir, which also includes beauty, style, and fashion tips, has been popular among fans of Glee, the television show in which Michele stars in. One Michele super-fan even tweeted that Brunette Ambition was “like her bible.” Now that is quite the stamp of approval!

As usual, our trending list is never complete without the appearance of at least one mystery title. This week, Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm received much discussion on Twitter. The sequel to the critically-acclaimed The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm chronicles private detective Cormoran Strike as he attempts to determine who killed a famous novelist. Although Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) lost out on some early sales due to an ongoing battle between Hachette (the book’s publisher) and Amazon, according to Twitter buzz, The Silkworm is just as popular as the books atop the NYTimes Bestseller list.

To see what books are trending in your favorite genre be sure to check out BookVibe trends!

Trending Alert!

Twitter is currently bursting with great tweets about Leigh Bardugo’s final book in the Grisha Trilogy – Ruin and Rising. Almost 3,000 tweets have been sent in over the last few days from excited teenage fans finishing the book and wanting to share the emotional rollercoaster it has taken them on.

Our technology has spotted a sky-high sentiment score for these tweets as well as hundreds of people indicating that they want to read or buy the book soon. We’re very confident in our prediction that this will be in the bestseller lists for a long time this summer!

Trending Books, June 9th-15th

A society of assassins, a steamy college romance, and globalization gone awry.

Sound like a scandal on Capitol Hill? As it turns out, they are all themes from books on our weekly trending books list!

Looking for a dark and futuristic thriller? Check out Lindsay Cummings’s The Murder Complex, the top trending book this week. Set in dystopian Florida, where the murder rate is greater than the birthrate, the novel details the life of a teenage girl named Meadow who has been trained to murder by her father—sounds like he would make an outstanding nominee for Father of the Year.

It seems that readers are itching for tales of murderers this summer because Stephen King’s newest thriller Mr. Mercedes, also holds a place on the top trending charts. Readers are already gripped by King’s new novel (he’s published over fifty books!), which is good news because King announced on Twitter last week that Mr. Mercedes will be the first book in a forthcoming trilogy.

For those looking for something more relaxing, it looks like Bella Andre has penned another hit in Kiss Me Like This: The Morrisons. This new adult contemporary romance novel tells the story of a budding romance between Sean, a star college baseball player, and Serena, a famous model. Andre is at her risque best and this book is definitely aimed at the over-18s!

Nonfiction titles also made an appearance on this week’s top trending list. Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers illustrates the ill effects of globalization through the lives of those living in a Mumbai slum. A National Book Award Winner in 2012, Boo surges back into our trending list after being selected as the current book for the Nerdfighters Book Club, an online group organized by author John Green and his brother, Hank.

Be sure to check out BookVibe Trends to see what memoirs, mysteries, and books in your favorite genre are generating the most buzz on Twitter!

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BookVibe’s Favorite Book Blogs from BEA 2014: The Conclusion

While attending BEA 2014 we discovered some great new book blogs. That’s why we decided to come up with a list of our favorite sites.

Last week we shared five of the blogs, so this week we’re back with our five other favorite book blogs!

BookVibe’s Other 5 Favorite Blogs Discovered at BEA 2014:

The Bucket List:

The Bucket List, which primarily provides reviews on YA, is run by a college student named Gina who wants to read and review 1000 books before she “kicks the bucket.” The blog has some great recurring features including, “Movie Monday,” where Gina writes about film adaptations of books.

Check out what books the blogger has been tweeting about at: http://www.bookvibe.com/gina-marie-books/gbucketlist

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.43.26 AMAt Random:

Jen at At Random reviews books from a variety of genres including, urban fantasy, horror, and contemporary romance. In addition to reviews, Jen also posts recipes—her creamy peanut butter fudge sounds delicious.

Check out what books the blogger has been tweeting about at: http://www.bookvibe.com/jen-aka-lratrandom-books/lratrandom

Mandy Boles: Life Between Books:

Run by Mandy Boles, a member of the BEA Bloggers Conference Advisory Board, Mandy Boles: Life Between Books features adult fiction reviews in addition to lifestyle articles. Fun fact: Mandy also starred in the former web series “Ghost Hunting Moms,” where she searched for ghosts along the Gulf Coast.

Check out what books the blogger has been tweeting about at: http://www.bookvibe.com/mandy-boles-books/mandybboles

Midnyte Reader:

Pam Tole of Midnyte Reader loves stories that are “spooky, scary, creepy, or eerie.” It’s no surprise then that her blog features reviews on horror books. For those that are easily spooked: proceed at your own risk.

Check out what books the blogger has been tweeting about at: http://www.bookvibe.com/midnyte-reader-books/midnytereader

River City Reading:

Shannon Nemer of River City Reading blogs about literary, contemporary, and historical fiction. Since we compile our own weekly trending book lists, we love Shannon’s “Monthly Wrap-Ups” and “Top Ten Tuesday” lists.

Check out what books the blogger has been tweeting at: http://www.bookvibe.com/shannon-books/rivercityreadin

 

And in case you missed it, click here to check out our five other favorite blogs discovered at BEA 2014!

 

 

Trending Books, June 2nd-8th

Last week the C.I.A. joined Twitter, this week Game of Thrones author George RR Martin joined the Twitterverse. Though his first tweet acknowledged that he won’t be tweeting much, he already has 111,000 followers. What else is brewing on the book side of the Twittersphere? Well, it turns out that people have been tweeting up a storm about books—namely about a critically-acclaimed dystopian tale and a novel about the lives of orphans. To give you more insight into what’s going viral in the literary world we’re back with our weekly trending books list!

Leading off, the top trending book this week was Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam. The final book in Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy details a post-apocalyptic world occupied by humans, a human-like species called the Crakers, and a prophet named Snowman-the-Jimmy. A New York Times notable book back in 2013, the novel is once again trending after it was announced that the MaddAddam trilogy will be adapted into a HBO television series.

imageThought that only “light” books could make good summer beach reads? Then Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train: A Novel, proves that theory wrong. This novel tells the story of an orphan, Molly, and her friendship with Vivian, an older woman who also grew up as an orphan. Will their relationship be a source of therapy for them both? One can only hope…

Chuck Pagano, the current head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, can add being an author of one of BookVibe’s top trending books to his list of accolades. In Sidelined, Pagano details his battle with leukemia and subsequent return to coaching football to lead the Colts to a 2013 divisional playoff bid. Pagano’s story of “passion and perseverance” would make a great book to give Dad for Father’s Day.

To top off this week’s list is a book that has appeared on many of our past top trending lists—Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. The Pulitzer Prize winning novel is once again trending due to an article in the July issue of Vanity Fair. The article focuses on how certain literary critics, namely those at the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, are upset that such a “popular’’ book has received so many accolades. Critics can be so childish sometimes!

Well, that’s all for now… to see what other books are trending in your favorite genre check out BookVibes’s weekly trending books page!

 

 

BookVibe’s Favorite Blogs from BEA 2014 (Part 1 of 2)

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to attend BookExpo America (BEA), the largest annual publishing event in North America. The event, held this year in New York City, was attended by over 750 authors and 1,000 exhibitors from the publishing industry. In addition to author events and exhibitions, the BEA Bloggers Conference took place. We found out about some great new blogs while attending BEA and decided to share some of our favorites.

BookVibe’s 5 Favorite Book Blogs Discovered at BEA 2014 (with 5 more to come next week):

The Book Wheel:

Described by its author, Allison Hiltz, as a blog for “books, politics, and more,” The Book Wheel features reviews of recent literary fiction and nonfiction works in addition to Alison’s political musings. And we aren’t the only ones who love The Book Wheel—it was named one of the ten best blogs for book lovers last year by Story Cartel.

Check out what books the blogger has been tweeting about: http://www.bookvibe.com/the-book-wheel-books/TheBookWheel

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 1.32.50 PMThe Overstuffed Bookcase:

Blogs featuring YA literature seem to be all the rage right now. Andrea Adams over at The Overstuffed Bookcase does a great job reviewing young adult novels across a variety of genres. We love some of the blogs’s features including “Typecasting,” where Andrea “casts” actors as characters from books that she thinks would make great movie adaptations.

Check out what books the blogger has been tweeting about: http://www.bookvibe.com/overstuffed-bookcase-books/OverstuffedBook

The Book Smugglers:

The Book Smugglers is a blog featuring reviews of speculative fiction and YA. The blog is run by Ana Grilo and Thea James, who were both on the BEA Bloggers Conference Advisory Board. If you’re a fan of Throwback Thursdays, then you’ll love the Book Smugglers’s “Old School Wednesdays” feature, where either Ana or Thea reviews a book that was published at least five years ago.

Check out the bloggers’s bookstream: http://www.bookvibe.com/people/booksmugglers

Silver’s Reviews:

For reviews of historical fiction and mystery titles head over to Elizabeth Petrovich’s Silver’s Reviews. In addition to reviews, the blog has a great giveaways section, which recently featured a contest for a free copy of The Girls at The Kingfisher Club—a novel which has been generating quite a bit of buzz on Twitter.

Check out what books the blogger has been tweeting about: http://www.bookvibe.com/silversreviews-books/SilversReviews

Dear Author:

Dear Author is a great resource for fans of romance novels. The site is run by Jane Little, who was also a member of the BEA Bloggers Conference Advisory Board. We love the site’s reviews that are written in haiku form.

Check out the blogger’s bookstream: http://www.bookvibe.com/people/dearauthor

 

Check back next week to read about the rest of our favorite blogs!

 

 

Trending Books, May 26th-June 1st

Breaking Bad may be the most tweeted TV show (according to Nielsen) but it’s books that have been setting Twitter alight this week! Want to know which titles have been leading the way? We’ve got you covered. To help you discover which protagonists are rivaling Walter White’s virality in the literary world we’re back with our weekly trending books list!

The highest trending book this week was Maya Angelou’s autobiographyI Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Angelou, the lauded poet, civil rights activist, and author, passed away on May 28th at the age of 86. Writers, celebrities, politicians, and others took to Twitter to mourn her death and celebrate her most famous work. Rest in peace, Dr. Angelou.

For new releases, we welcome Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire -the sixth and final book in Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. The YA urban fantasy novel details the “Shadowhunters” in their effort to ward off evil demons. Who knows if the Shadowhunters will succeed, but at least they were once trending on Twitter!

It’s YA all the way as John Green’s love story The Fault in Our Stars builds on its huge buzz from last week to enter the trending charts again. Fans have been reading and re-reading the book ahead of the June 6 film release. However, neither the novel nor the film is for the faint of heart. Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch tweeted that the film was a “tear-jerker”—we didn’t think that guy would ever shed a tear!

Another love story—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah—resurfaces in our Top 10. Critically acclaimed following its release last year, Americanah is trendy once again following the announcement that Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o will star in a film adaptation of the novel.

The list would not be complete without a laugh-out-loud read and this week we look no further than Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, which takes eighth place on our trending list. If you liked Tina Fey’s Bossypants we’re sure you’ll say “yes please” to Poehler’s memoir.

Check out Bookvibe Trends to see what other books are trending in your favorite genre!