What The Stars Are Reading: Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark doesn’t just have a “list” of classified ads—he also has quite the reading list. In the past we’ve spotted the Craigslist founder tweeting about a variety of books, from literary fiction to non-fiction works. Two days ago, however, he recommended Daniel Silva’s latest thriller, The Heist. Newmark called the stolen art mystery novel a “great book.” His endorsement comes a week after Newt Gingrich tweeted about the book’s “very intriguing plot” and urged his followers to “get it today.” However, we’re guessing that Newmark, a Democratic Party donor, didn’t pick up Silva’s novel per Gingrich’s suggestion.

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Trending Books: July 14th-20th

With summer winding down, time is running out to indulge in a good book. To help you choose your next read we’re back with our weekly trending books list.

This week’s top trending book was Richelle Mead’s Silver Shadows. In this fifth installment of the Bloodlines series, alchemy, tragedy, and love mix in a story that involves both the human and vampire worlds. While Mead’s YA novel is not due out until July 29, young readers have been taking to Twitter to express how much they are looking forward to the new title.

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While summer presents time for reading, it also provides a great opportunity for cooking (and of course, eating). For those looking to try their hand at ethnic cuisine, look no further than Andrea Nguyen’s The Banh Mi Handbook: Recipes for Crazy-Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches. Nguyen provides home cooks with 50 recipes for Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches that include fillings ranging from crispy drunken chicken to coconut curry tofu. Say goodbye to bologna sandwiches.

For those looking for a thriller, Daniel Silva’s The Heist was this week’s top trending mystery/thriller title. In this novel, the bestselling author Silva details one art restorer-turned spy’s mission to recover a stolen Caravaggio piece. And if you’re looking for a celebrity endorsement of Silva’s latest title, we caught Newt Gingrich reading The Heist earlier in the week.

No reading list is complete without an inspiring self-help book so Kim Bearden’s Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me fills the void well. As the title suggests, Bearden, a former teacher, shares the lessons that children can teach us about perseverance, friendship, and other important life skills. Teachers have been tweeting a lot about the book, finding it inspiring and insightful.

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

2014 Booker Prize Nominations: A Twitter Analysis

The longlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, the annual British literary prize presented for the best original English-language novel published in the UK, was released on Wednesday. A total of 13 novels were named to the longlist, five of which were penned by American authors. This is the first year that American authors have been named as nominees, as previously only authors from Britain, the British Commonwealth, Ireland, and Zimbabwe were eligible for the prize. We, at BookVibe, decided to assess the competition by taking a look at what people on Twitter are saying about the nominated novels.

Based on reader sentiment surrounding the novels, all the books seem to be deserving of their recent critical acclaim—as most readers have tweeted positively about the novels. However, one book on the longlist, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris, stands out for the sheer number of mentions on Twitter it has received. According to BookVibe data, the book has received nearly 1,000 mentions this year—significantly more mentions than any other book on the list. Many readers have said to have “connected” with the novel’s protagonist, an atheist dentist, who continues to question whether or not there is a higher being. In addition to positive sentiment, Ferris’s novel has maintained strong sales numbers since its release in May.

While David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks is not set to be released until September, those who have gotten their hands on advanced readers copies are praising the novel. Mitchell, who has had two earlier novels nominated for the Booker, has crafted yet another epic novel surrounding a cast of complex characters, including a runaway teen. For Mitchell with The Bone Clocks, the third time may be the charm in winning the Booker.

Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World, stands out among books on the longlist—not for the number of mentions it has received on Twitter, but rather the strong positive sentiment of those tweets. Hustvedt’s novel details a New York City artist’s decision to disguise her female identity in hopes of gaining the acknowledgement of critics. With positive endorsements like the tweet below, The Blazing World may very well emerge as the dark horse in this year’s Booker contest.



Trending Books: July 7th-13th

“My lungs clawed for air as though I were drowning.” That’s how Lori Rader-Day begins her recently published mystery The Black Hour. The novel, which details the aftermath of a university student’s attack on his sociology professor, is this week’s top trending book in the mystery and thriller category. Read on to learn what other mysteries and thrillers have been holding audiences in suspense.

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For those that have been spending their summer watching re-run marathons of Law and Order: SVU, A.E. Torre’s The Girl in 6E might be of interest. Torre’s thriller details the moral dilemma that one woman, named Deanna Madden, faces after learning of the abduction of a young girl. Although, Madden believes she may know who is responsible for the kidnapping, Madden has not left her apartment for three years—making a living as a “performer” on sexually-explicit websites. According to one woman on Twitter, this book left her “speechless”—hopefully in a good way.

The plot of Katherine Howe’s YA mystery Conversion seems to be “ripped from the headlines.” The story follows a group of girls during their senior year of high school when they suddenly succumb to a mysterious illness that causes them to uncontrollably tic. This suspenseful read could be a great YA companion to Megan Abbott’s The Fever, which follows a similar storyline—and has been a top trending book in the past.

Ellie Campbell’s To Catch a Creeper falls under the “cozy mystery category.” As such, this novel—which follows a London ad woman in her attempt to catch the neighborhood “creeper”—has been called “hilarious” by many readers.

To see what books are trending in your favorite genre, visit BookVibe trends.

What The Stars Are Reading: Nigella Lawson

One might assume that chefs forgo reading novels in favor of combing through cookbooks. British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, however, proves this theory wrong as the BookVibe paparazzi recently caught her tweeting out a “random reading recommendation.” The book she recommended? Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being. Ozeki’s work of fiction has been popular among celebrities, as the New York Knicks’ president Phil Jackson tweeted about reading the novel in December.

However, Lawson was sure to also recommend a food-related book—Ozeki’s debut novel, My Year of Meats, which details a shady meat exportation business.

Trending Alert: Landline

Last week after noticing a spike in Twitter mentions we predicted that Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Oblivion would soon show up on bestseller lists. As it turns out, the novel took the number four spot on this week’s The New York Times bestseller list. What other books do we expect to see on future bestseller lists? For one, we recently spotted a surge in mentions for Rainbow Rowell’s Landline. Fans so far have had nothing but good things to tweet about Rowell’s novel, which could be described as science fiction meets marital drama.


We’re betting that Landline will join Beautiful Oblivion on bestseller lists soon.

Trending Books, June 30th-July 6th

Eight years ago, writer James Frey made headlines after it came to light that he had fabricated details in his memoir, A Million Little Pieces. Frey was consequently shamed on live television by Oprah Winfrey who said he “betrayed millions of readers.” While readers may remain skeptical of Frey’s credibility, they continue to read his infamous memoir—and tweet about it too, as it is one of this week’s top trending books in the biography and memoir category. Read on to learn what other biographies and memoirs are setting the Twittersphere abuzz.

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The top trending biography this week was Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. The critically acclaimed biography chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini, an American Army aviator who was held as a prisoner of war for more than two and a half years during World War II. Hillenbrand’s book, which was first published in 2010, is once again trending after Zamperini passed away on July 2 at the age of 97.

For those looking to add a memoir to the summer reading list—Joan Rivers’ Diary of a Mad Diva can surely fill that gap. Rivers is as raunchy as ever in this very politically incorrect memoir. We would include an excerpt, but with Rivers’ expletive-laced prose, we didn’t think that would be a good idea.

Edward Klein’s Blood Feud should also stir up quite a bit of controversy. Klein’s account of what he claims to be a tenuous relationship between the Clintons and the Obamas has already been criticized for being poorly sourced. That being said, Klein’s book has found quite a following among Conservatives, who have taken to Twitter to air their grievances about the two powerful Democratic families and the neverending Benghazi scandal.

Coincidentally, Hillary Clinton’s memoir, Hard Choices, was also a top trending book this week in the biography and memoir category. Her book, which details her time as the U.S. Secretary of State, has garnerd mostly positive reviews, though many were disappointed that Clinton provided no hints as to whether or not she would run for president in 2016.

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

What The Stars Are Reading: Samantha Ronson

This morning, the BookVibe paparazzi snapped a screenshot of a tweet from music DJ Samantha Ronson recommending an “amazing book” to her 1.5 million followers. In her tweet, Ronson sang the praises of Donna Tartt’s debut 1992 novel, The Secret History. The raunchy Ronson went so far as to use an expletive to express her love of the book! But as fashion model Alexa Chung pointed out in a reply to Ronson’s tweet, Tartt’s murder mystery is “not to be confused with” the best-selling self-help book, The Secret.

Trending Alert: Beautiful Oblivion

The tweets are in, and Jamie McGuire’s latest installment in The Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Oblivion, is taking Twitter by storm today! Readers have been devouring the book since it was published last week and are turning to Twitter to share their verdicts—we’ve rarely seen such positive endorsements!

We spotted this surge in activity before traditional best seller lists could be compiled and expect to see these rave reviews lead to a strong showing in the sales ranking later in the month.