Trending Alert!

Twitter is currently blowing up with tweets regarding Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Celebrities have come out of the woodwork to sing their praises over the suspense novel that has gotten Hollywood in a tizzy (the film adaptation is out this Friday, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike).

A perfect plot for the silver screen, this twisted novel is about a marriage gone horribly, horribly wrong. Dive headfirst into Nick and Amy Dunne’s seemingly picture perfect lives—until Amy disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. Questions are then asked as to what happened and whether Nick really is the model husband he comes across as.

Both Lily Allen and Lauren Conrad have taken time off their busy schedules—Lily from the recording studio and Lauren from wedding planning—to start on the novel that has star actress Jessica Biel gushing. Even Time has jumped on the fan wagon to clue readers in on the movie adaptation’s potentially changed ending.
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With the novel being one of the year’s bestsellers and the movie projected to be a box office hit, Gillian Flynn definitely has a reason to celebrate this coming weekend.

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Book Discussions On Rise Thanks to Movie Adaptations

An impossible maze, a drug dealer after his wife’s murderers, and a quirky psychiatrist in search of happiness—this past weekend, three popular novels have sprung to life on the big screen.

At BookVibe, we have found that discussions for these books have taken off on Twitter in recent weeks and wondered if the publicity around their movie counterparts had people reading (or re-reading) the books they are based on. Here’s what we found.

James Dashner’s The Maze Runneran intriguing tale of a set of boys who are forced through a terrifying and limitless maze to reach freedom—is currently (surprise, surprise) first place at the box office. With all the popularity and buzz the film has caught, the book discussions have gone through the roof, with almost a hundred thousand mentions on Twitter in the last year. The biggest spike happened in March, when the movie’s official trailer was released.

You would think that a riveting exploration of a private investigator’s mind as he tries to solve a murder involving sadistic psychopaths would be an interesting topic to discuss, but Lawrence Block’s A Walk Among the Tombstones had basically no tweets until the movie emerged. Since then, talks of the novel have blown up Twitter feeds and the book has landed on The New York Times’ Best Sellers list.

Francois Lelord’s Hector and the Search for Happinessa charming fable about a man’s journey across the world—has enjoyed consistent mentions throughout the year, even though the film itself is not high on the box office hits list.

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With all of this in mind, is it because some of these books were published a long time ago, others more recently? Do viewers even know the film they saw was based on a book? Is this related to how much people enjoy the film? We’d love to know your thoughts and experiences!

Trending Books: September 19 – 25

Ah, fall—with the changing season comes shorter days, russet leaves, and a whole new set of top trending books. We spotted what people are raving about on Twitter, and the list is chockfull of excitement.

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From iPhones and laptops to helium-filled hard drives and high definition TV’s, we are smack dab in the middle of a perpetually advancing high-tech world—or not, according to prolific entrepreneur Peter Thiel. In his new book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Thiel explores the concept of how we are currently living “in an age of technological stagnation.” Don’t simply build what somebody else already has—create something new. In these pages you will unlock secrets as to how to achieve the mindset that complete innovation is key—and in the process catch a glimpse of America’s future progress.

Find yourself jerked back from the shiny world of Silicon Valley and thrown into a post-apocalyptic Middle America with John Darnielle’s Wolf in White Van: A Novel. Draw back in shock as you come face-to-face with Sean Phillips—a horribly disfigured recluse who is the creator of the text-based roleplaying game, Trace Italian— and feel the dawning horror as you realize that the game’s mail-based instructions may produce fatal results.

On the topic of fatal, pick up Melissa Marr’s Made For You and meet Eva Tilling, the lucky survivor of a murder attempt who wakes up in the hospital to find that she possesses the power to foresee the death of whoever she touches. With the help of her former (handsome) flame, the rocky couple must race against time to uncover answers and save their friends—but they must resist ripping each other’s throats out, first.

Take a breather with Underwater Puppies by Seth Casteel—because there is no better cure for anything than vibrant images of adorable canines swimming about, and then proceed to rediscover a sense of bright optimism with Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun, a tale of estranged twins—one, a rebellious red lipstick-wearing ball of energy and the other, a withdrawn and isolated spirit—and how they eventually find their way back together.

BookVibe Celebrates Oktoberfest!

Say hallo to that time of year again—with gallons of beer (and not just any kind, mind you, but only beers that boast approximately 6% alcohol by volume) amusement rides, a variety of sausages and cheese noodles, the world’s largest funfair known as Oktoberfest is set to begin on September 20th in Munich, Germany.

If you’ve attended before and know all of the ropes, then lucky you. But if you’re set on traveling next year (or you just want to live vicariously through these party natives), be prepared with Marion Kummerow’s The Ultimate Guide to Oktoberfest – Munich Germany Travel Guide. You’ll learn how to make proper reservations (or what to do if you don’t have reservations), what to wear—nothing says “festive,” like dirndls and knee-level leather breeches—and more.

Or if you’re just a beer fan, check out Joshua M. Bernstein’s The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes. Learn how to distinguish between everything from lagers and wheat beers, to IPA’s and international beers. Get a dizzily delicious crash course in the bubbly drink with color photographs and useful vocabulary lessons.

Finally, bring Oktoberfest home to you. With Steffi Barth’s Easy Oktoberfest Recipes, you can whip up such delicacies as Bratwurst with Limburger cheese in no time. Nothing like a great meal of sizzling sausages and plump potato cakes to accompany your drinks.

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A little backstory:

For 16 days stretching until the first Sunday of October, this merry festival came to be when King Ludwig I wed Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were then invited to attend the festivities, and horse races marked the close of the celebration (talk about the wedding party of the century). Subsequently, a repeat of horse races the following year spawned the tradition of the Oktoberfest.

Don’t worry if you don’t live in Deutschland, though—this annual party is infectious and other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modeled after the Munich event.

With all of this in mind, we hope that your next two weeks will be celebratory and safe.

Bottoms up! Or as the Germans say, Prost!