Trending Books: November 11 – 17

We know it’s been a busy month—if you’re prepping and writing for NaNoWriMo, there isn’t exactly time for you to fight crime or embark on exciting adventures— but don’t fret.

BookVibe is here to help you by presenting our newest list of Top Trending books—this week’s selections are rife with exhilaration and intrigue, so you can dive into the pages and take a break from real life (for at least for a little while).

If you ever feel like your daily schedule is getting a little monotonous and you’d like to spice things up, then pick up Charles Bukowski’s Pulp.

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Bukowski’s last novel, Pulp certainly does not disappoint—you are thrown into a world of sex, madness, and death within the first chapter. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Follow Nick Belane, a down on his luck private eye, as he stumbles upon the case(s) of the century. From tracking down a long-dead French novelist, to dealing with a husband who suspects his wife of cheating, searching for something known as the “Red Sparrow,” and assisting a mortician with finding a body-snatching alien, you will laugh out loud and thrill at the bizarreness of it all.

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Speaking of bizarre, people have some pretty crazy pets out there—but a hawk? Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk (winner of the 2014 Non-Fiction Samuel Johnson Prize) is a heartbreaking and hilarious account of her time raising Mabel, a fierce and deadly hawk. After the death of her father, Macdonald finds that she can relate to the vicious goshawk’s anger, and attempts to project herself “in the hawk’s wild mind to tame her.”

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While you’re wondering whether a wild hawk can be fully tamed, just know that the Greek gods in Rick Riordan’s series The Heroes of Olympus can’t be. From Hera and Zeus, to Juno, Medusa and Neptune, Riordan brings mythology to life in the most exciting way possible. This week, Book Five: The Blood of Olympus, is one of the most mentioned books on Twitter, so be sure to check out the preceding novels before delving into a fantasy world of epic proportions.

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On the topic of epic, Luigi Serafini’s Codex Seraphinianus is mind blowing—to say the least. An artist, architect, and industrial designer, Serafini spent thirty months creating an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world. The book is approximately 360 pages long, features strange and beautiful artwork, and is written in an unintelligible alphabet. Created for the information age and the world of computer science, this book’s meaning has been debated over for years—but whether you understand it or not, Codex Seraphinianus is undeniably a work of unparalleled art.

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