2014 In Review: Part II

…and we’re back!

This time with the Top Trending books from July through December. From war heroes and tween megastars, to popular bloggers and gut-busting comedians, the past six months have brought together an eclectic mix of books that bring the term “variety” to a whole new level.

Our year’s end review was garnered through careful analysis of millions of tweets, with the trending books serving as a reflection of the current events at the time.

July

Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption was on everybody’s lips during the month of July.

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Although the biography on World War II hero and former Olympic track star Louis Zamperini is critically acclaimed for its message of perseverance and survival, it was Zamperini’s death on July 2nd at the age of 97 that set Twitter book discussions on fire.

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J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye was also a hot topic of discussion, as the beloved novel celebrated its 60th anniversary on July 16th.

August

August was all about books of the YA variety.

Even though both Disney starlet Bella Thorne and YouTube darling Alfie Deyes had books that were yet to be released, the Twittersphere was already alight with excited buzz.

Autumn Falls Bella Thorne

The Pointless BookAlfie Deyes

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September

With the Man Booker Prize and National Book Awards looming ahead, tweeters were in a tizzy of anticipation over which novels might win, expressing their praise, disappointment, and hopes.

Wolf in White VanJosh Darnielle

The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee

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The film adaptation of James Dashner’s novel, The Maze Runnerwas released on September 19th. Both the book and its sequel, The Scorch Trials, were Top Trending fixtures across several months.

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October

The month of October was taken over by Richard Flanagan, who was announced as the victor of the Man Booker Prize on October 14th for The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

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And to take a break from Flanagan’s heart wrenching novel, tweeters looked for laughs from established comedians.

Yes Please Amy Poehler

RevolutionRussell Brand

Food: A Love StoryJim Gaffigan

Not That Kind of GirlLena Dunham

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November

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Famous YouTuber Zoella broke the record for highest first week sales for a debut author since records began with her book, GirlOnline. The subsequent backlash for her use of a ghostwriter only fueled more discussions on Twitter.

December

The last month of the year came with many film adaptations that were released just in time for the holidays (and awards season, with all three movies vying for Oscar voters’ attention).

Inherent ViceThomas Pynchon

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailCheryl Strayed

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military HistoryChris Kyle

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And that’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed the list we put together—we (literally) couldn’t have done it without you. Have you read any of these novels? Which were your favorites of the year? Drop a comment and let us know!

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