2014 In Review : Part 1

With the year coming to a close, we’re getting a tad nostalgic. It’s been a great 12 months for our Top Trending (most tweeted about) books, with wonderful surprises and a flurry of different genres and adventures that have made 2014 anything but boring.

Fancy going back in time for a bit? Strap yourself in for a ride through the first six months in review:

January

Seems like tweeters were feeling a bit reminiscent at the beginning of the year, bringing #tbt to a whole new level with many mentions of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms (1929).

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Simultaneously, users were casting their eyes ahead with a pop culture explosion that manifested itself in the form of books written by Hollywood starlets.

Find it in EverythingDrew Barrymore

The Body Book Cameron Diaz

Brunette AmbitionLea Michele

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February

You would think that the month of Valentine’s Day would yield tons of mentions of sappy love stories, written by the likes of Nicholas Sparks or Nora Roberts—but tweeters surprised us with their cravings for dark and twisted paranormal romances, ranging from historical horror love stories to sexy demons.

Donners of the DeadKarina Halle

IcedKaren Marie Moning

White Hot KissJennifer L. Armentrout

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March

March could have been nicknamed “March Movie Madness.” Users were blowing up the Twittersphere with mentions of Veronica Roth’s Divergent and Solomon Northup’s narrative memoir Twelve Years a Slave.

Of course, that wasn’t surprising— the film adaptation of Divergent was released in March, while the movie version of Twelve Years a Slave had just won a whopping three Academy Awards.

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April

Success was on everyone’s mind in April, with the Top Trending lists dominated by career oriented and self-help books.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True InspirationEd Catmull

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and WonderArianna Huffington

The Sermon on the Mount: The Key to Success in LifeEmmet Fox

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May

Magical May mostly consisted of novels that touched on the otherworldly. Perhaps the resurrection of J.R.R. Tolkien in the form of a new book had something to do with it.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemJ.K. Rowling

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus)Rick Riordan

Beowulf: A Translation and CommentaryJ.R.R. Tolkien

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June

The sunny month of June was all doom and gloom, with a fixation on horror and mystery novels. All three featured books were released during this month, which propelled readers to seek out similar books.

Mr. MercedesStephen King

The SilkwormRobert Galbraith

The Murder Complex Lindsay Cummings

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Have you read any of these novels? If so, what did you think? Drop us a comment to let us know and check in on Wednesday for July through December.

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