It’s nearing the end of December and we’re super excited to see which books the top trending right before Christmas. If you’re wondering which books will make great gifts for loved ones, then fret no more—the following list will hopefully help you make a decision or two.
Seems like tweeters are throwing it way back with John Steinbeck’s East of Eden—and who can blame them? This epic, sprawling tale documents the intertwining fates between two families, the Trasks and Hamiltons, as they reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the rivalry between Cain and Abel. Encounter mesmerizing characters and explore themes ranging from the inexplicability of love to the struggle for identity.
Steinbeck isn’t the only influential author on the list—Thomas Pynchon has also made it with Inherent Vice, a psychedelic powerhouse with an exciting plot that will toss you back to the marijuana haze-filled sixties. When Doc Sportello—an out of sorts private eye with a penchant for trouble—receives a visit from his ex-girlfriend with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer who she’s in love with, things get complicated—and very groovy.
Speaking of the sixties, Daring: My Passages chronicles the life of Gail Sheehy when she was an innovative “girl” journalist in New York City. The author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages writes a candid memoir that hones in on the obstacles and opportunities encountered when she dared to blaze a trail in a “man’s world,” and details many of her more controversial assignments: From walking the streets with hookers and pimps to expose prostitution, to seeking out Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat when he was targeted for death, Sheehy will have you perpetually on the edge of your seat.
Serious books aside, light up the holidays with Austin Mahone’s Just How It Happened: My Official Story. See how Mahone went from being a small town kid having fun on YouTube to now headlining shows around the world. For the diehard fan, get lost in exclusive photos and stories from his childhood.
Check out the rest of this week’s Top Trending list here. And before you sign off, drop us a comment to let us know which books you’re hoping to get for the holidays!