Trending Books: July 28-August 3

Kim Kardashian announced this week that she will be publishing a book of selfies   entitled, Selfish. Unfortunately this “epic” won’t be released until next April. Perhaps this week’s trending books list can help tide you over in the meantime.Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 7.09.16 PM

This week’s top trending book was JG Ballard’s Miracles of Life. In this autobiography, Ballard, the famed British science fiction novelist, describes his life, beginning with his childhood in WWII England and ending with his move to Shanghai as an adult. Although the autobiography was first published in 2008, his profound words continue to resonate with readers.

Richard Preston’s 1994 non-fiction work, The Hot Zone, is also making a reemergence as a popular read. Preston details the origins and spread of viral hemorrhagic fevers, a group of diseases that includes the Ebola virus. While a timely read given the current situation in West Africa, according to readers on Twitter, this book is not recommended for hypochondriacs.

While this week’s top trending list was dominated by nonfiction reads, there were a few standout fiction reads. Actress Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe tells the story of Franny Banks, a young actress struggling to catch her big break in New York City. It seems that the novel may be a Roman a clef as Graham, herself, moved to New York in the 1990s to pursue an acting career.

Can a trending books list be complete without some chick-lit? Bestselling author Sophie Kinsella is at it again with Wedding Night. According to readers on Twitter, this novel is the perfect mix of humor and drama, making it a fun summer read.

Be sure to check out BookVibe trends to see which books are trending in your favorite genre.

Trending Books: July 21-27

As fashion model Heidi Klum frequently says on her hit reality TV show, Project Runway, “In the fashion world, one day you’re in, the next day you’re out.” Such a statement can also be applied to the book world—one week a debut novel from an unknown author may surge to the top of the bestseller list, only to be displaced the next week by the latest James Patterson book. To help you stay on top of what the “in” books are, we’re back with our weekly trending books list.Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 5.26.58 PM

One of this week’s top trending books is a debut novel—Laura McNeal’s Dollbaby. In this coming of age story set in civil rights era New Orleans, young Ibby Bell is sent to live with her grandmother, Fannie. There she is taken under the wings of her grandmother’s cook, Queenie. Based on early reviews from readers on Twitter, this is a great book for fans of The Help.

For many, summer is the season of road trips. In Adi Alsaid’s YA novel Let’s Get Lost, four teenagers embark on an “epic” cross-country world trip. However, the teens have never met each other before—their only connection comes through a mutual friend named Leila.

With the World Cup over, fans suffering from soccer withdrawal may be interested in Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s I Am Zlatan. In this new memoir, Ibrahimovic details how he overcame adversity as a poor child to become one of soccer’s most elite players. Not all readers have had positive things to say about the book—one reader called Ibrahimovic “maniacal” and “narcissistic.”

Stephanie Diaz’s Extraction is also getting lots of buzz on Twitter. In this YA science-fiction novel, the story’s protagonist, Clementine, must pass “the extraction test” in order to be sent to a safer universe called Core. But things get complicated by Clementine’s love for a boy named Logan. Oh, to be young and in love…

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