Trending Books: July 7th-13th

“My lungs clawed for air as though I were drowning.” That’s how Lori Rader-Day begins her recently published mystery The Black Hour. The novel, which details the aftermath of a university student’s attack on his sociology professor, is this week’s top trending book in the mystery and thriller category. Read on to learn what other mysteries and thrillers have been holding audiences in suspense.

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For those that have been spending their summer watching re-run marathons of Law and Order: SVU, A.E. Torre’s The Girl in 6E might be of interest. Torre’s thriller details the moral dilemma that one woman, named Deanna Madden, faces after learning of the abduction of a young girl. Although, Madden believes she may know who is responsible for the kidnapping, Madden has not left her apartment for three years—making a living as a “performer” on sexually-explicit websites. According to one woman on Twitter, this book left her “speechless”—hopefully in a good way.

The plot of Katherine Howe’s YA mystery Conversion seems to be “ripped from the headlines.” The story follows a group of girls during their senior year of high school when they suddenly succumb to a mysterious illness that causes them to uncontrollably tic. This suspenseful read could be a great YA companion to Megan Abbott’s The Fever, which follows a similar storyline—and has been a top trending book in the past.

Ellie Campbell’s To Catch a Creeper falls under the “cozy mystery category.” As such, this novel—which follows a London ad woman in her attempt to catch the neighborhood “creeper”—has been called “hilarious” by many readers.

To see what books are trending in your favorite genre, visit BookVibe trends.

What The Stars Are Reading: Nigella Lawson

One might assume that chefs forgo reading novels in favor of combing through cookbooks. British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, however, proves this theory wrong as the BookVibe paparazzi recently caught her tweeting out a “random reading recommendation.” The book she recommended? Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being. Ozeki’s work of fiction has been popular among celebrities, as the New York Knicks’ president Phil Jackson tweeted about reading the novel in December.

However, Lawson was sure to also recommend a food-related book—Ozeki’s debut novel, My Year of Meats, which details a shady meat exportation business.

Trending Alert: Landline

Last week after noticing a spike in Twitter mentions we predicted that Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Oblivion would soon show up on bestseller lists. As it turns out, the novel took the number four spot on this week’s The New York Times bestseller list. What other books do we expect to see on future bestseller lists? For one, we recently spotted a surge in mentions for Rainbow Rowell’s Landline. Fans so far have had nothing but good things to tweet about Rowell’s novel, which could be described as science fiction meets marital drama.

We’re betting that Landline will join Beautiful Oblivion on bestseller lists soon.

Trending Books, June 30th-July 6th

Eight years ago, writer James Frey made headlines after it came to light that he had fabricated details in his memoir, A Million Little Pieces. Frey was consequently shamed on live television by Oprah Winfrey who said he “betrayed millions of readers.” While readers may remain skeptical of Frey’s credibility, they continue to read his infamous memoir—and tweet about it too, as it is one of this week’s top trending books in the biography and memoir category. Read on to learn what other biographies and memoirs are setting the Twittersphere abuzz.

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The top trending biography this week was Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. The critically acclaimed biography chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini, an American Army aviator who was held as a prisoner of war for more than two and a half years during World War II. Hillenbrand’s book, which was first published in 2010, is once again trending after Zamperini passed away on July 2 at the age of 97.

For those looking to add a memoir to the summer reading list—Joan Rivers’ Diary of a Mad Diva can surely fill that gap. Rivers is as raunchy as ever in this very politically incorrect memoir. We would include an excerpt, but with Rivers’ expletive-laced prose, we didn’t think that would be a good idea.

Edward Klein’s Blood Feud should also stir up quite a bit of controversy. Klein’s account of what he claims to be a tenuous relationship between the Clintons and the Obamas has already been criticized for being poorly sourced. That being said, Klein’s book has found quite a following among Conservatives, who have taken to Twitter to air their grievances about the two powerful Democratic families and the neverending Benghazi scandal.

Coincidentally, Hillary Clinton’s memoir, Hard Choices, was also a top trending book this week in the biography and memoir category. Her book, which details her time as the U.S. Secretary of State, has garnerd mostly positive reviews, though many were disappointed that Clinton provided no hints as to whether or not she would run for president in 2016.

To see what books are trending in your favorite genre, be sure to check out BookVibe trends.

What The Stars Are Reading: Samantha Ronson

This morning, the BookVibe paparazzi snapped a screenshot of a tweet from music DJ Samantha Ronson recommending an “amazing book” to her 1.5 million followers. In her tweet, Ronson sang the praises of Donna Tartt’s debut 1992 novel, The Secret History. The raunchy Ronson went so far as to use an expletive to express her love of the book! But as fashion model Alexa Chung pointed out in a reply to Ronson’s tweet, Tartt’s murder mystery is “not to be confused with” the best-selling self-help book, The Secret.

Trending Alert: Beautiful Oblivion

The tweets are in, and Jamie McGuire’s latest installment in The Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Oblivion, is taking Twitter by storm today! Readers have been devouring the book since it was published last week and are turning to Twitter to share their verdicts—we’ve rarely seen such positive endorsements!

We spotted this surge in activity before traditional best seller lists could be compiled and expect to see these rave reviews lead to a strong showing in the sales ranking later in the month.

Trending Books, June 23rd-29th

What do a former Disney Channel star, a stand-up comedian, a rapper, and an atheist have in common?

They are all authors of books on this week’s trending books list!

The top trending book this week was Demi Lovato’s Staying Strong: 365 Days A Year. The former child star’s book of positive quotes, messages, and goals will surely inspire young fans. Perhaps Lovato could take a page from her own book, however, as tabloids recently reported that she is in a Twitter feud with former Disney friend-turned foe, Selena Gomez.

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 5.32.15 PMFor something a bit more raunchy, check out Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child by Bert Kreischer.  Kreischer, a stand-up comedian and the inspiration for National Lampoon’s Van Wilder details his evolution from a frat boy at Florida State to his current state as a “man-child.” This one is sure to stir up some controversy.

Speaking of controversy, Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion also occupies a place on this week’s trending list. In his bestseller, Dawkins, a former Oxford professor and prominent atheist, claims that there is no “supernatural creator.” While published in 2006, Dawkins’ book may once again be trending due to a recent feud with Angelina Jolie, which began after he claimed that parents should not tell their children to believe in Santa Claus or fairy tales.

In 1999, rapper Ja Rule released his debut single, “Holla Holla.” Now, fifteen years and multiple Grammy nominations later, Ja Rule has decided to give writing a try with his new memoir, Unruly. The rapper tells all in this top trending book, discussing the lifestyle changes he made to overcome his past criminal issues and become a responsible family man.

To see what books are trending in your favorite genre, be sure to visit BookVibe trends.

Influencer Activity Update!

The book alarm went off at BookVibe this morning as business author and journalist Chris Brogan recommended a new title! Surprisingly, Brogan wasn’t promoting his recently released The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators, but rather James and Claudia Altucher’s The Power of No. And Brogan’s recommendation wasn’t completely altruistic—the Altuchers’ book is set to be released on July 15, giving readers plenty of time to check out Brogan’s book first!

Trending Books, June 16th-June 22nd

The World Cup is entering its knock-out phase and hordes of fans will soon be left with an empty hole in their summer as their team is eliminated! Time to fill the gap with some great books from our weekly trending books list.

The top trending book this week was Daniel Keyes’s classic children’s book Flowers for Algernon. Keyes passed away on June 15th at the age of 86. In the wake of Keyes’s death, many readers decided to revisit the author’s most famous novel, which details the issues faced by the mentally disabled.

For those who are looking for a recently published read (and are also a little sporty)—check out Nate Robinson’s memoir Heart Over Height. Robinson, a point guard for the Denver Nuggets, gives a “behind the scenes” look at his NBA career. The 5’9” Robinson proves that perseverance and hard work are more important than height when trying to succeed as a professional basketball player.

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Memoirs were popular this week as actress Lea Michele’s Brunette Ambition was also a top trending book. This illustrated memoir, which also includes beauty, style, and fashion tips, has been popular among fans of Glee, the television show in which Michele stars in. One Michele super-fan even tweeted that Brunette Ambition was “like her bible.” Now that is quite the stamp of approval!

As usual, our trending list is never complete without the appearance of at least one mystery title. This week, Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm received much discussion on Twitter. The sequel to the critically-acclaimed The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm chronicles private detective Cormoran Strike as he attempts to determine who killed a famous novelist. Although Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) lost out on some early sales due to an ongoing battle between Hachette (the book’s publisher) and Amazon, according to Twitter buzz, The Silkworm is just as popular as the books atop the NYTimes Bestseller list.

To see what books are trending in your favorite genre be sure to check out BookVibe trends!

Trending Alert!

Twitter is currently bursting with great tweets about Leigh Bardugo’s final book in the Grisha Trilogy – Ruin and Rising. Almost 3,000 tweets have been sent in over the last few days from excited teenage fans finishing the book and wanting to share the emotional rollercoaster it has taken them on.

Our technology has spotted a sky-high sentiment score for these tweets as well as hundreds of people indicating that they want to read or buy the book soon. We’re very confident in our prediction that this will be in the bestseller lists for a long time this summer!