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.

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