Book Trends – Top Trending Books and Authors

May's hottest books and authors

May Trends: Classics, Manga and Chefs

A list of the hottest book titles from May, 2015, based on Google searches, sales, and social media mentions.

far from the madding crowd hardyFar From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, was the 12th most searched for book on Google during the month of May. A movie version of the classic was released on May 1st.

A headstrong Victorian beauty has her choice of three different suitors: a sheep farmer , a dashing soldier and a wealthy older man. amazon-buy-button_2

The OutsidersThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton ranked high in both Google searches and social media mentions.

Author S.E. Hinton was 15 years old when she wrote the classic young adult novel about  a group of teen boys who boy who find themselves on the outskirts of regular society. amazon-buy-button_2

Blood Blockade Battlefront trending bookBlood Blockade Battlefront ranked high in social media mentions and was the 119th most searched for book on Google in May.

The phenomenally successful Japanese manga series about a crime fighting syndicate called Libra was adapted into an anime in early 2015.  amazon-buy-button_2

1984 trending book1984 by George Orwell has spent 112 weeks in Google’s top 10 most searched for books. In May 2015 it hit a new high, ranking as the number 2 most searched for book for the first time ever.

The classic dystopian novel 1984 was written in 1948 but remains as powerful today as it was whamazon-buy-button_2en George Orwell first presented this starkly  haunting vision of the world of totalitarianism. 

85 ways to tie a tie bookThe 85 Ways to Tie a Tie: The Science and Aesthetics of Tie Knots by Thomas Fink made it into the list of trending books for the first time in May. Can this mean that it’s graduation and father’s day gift giving season? amazon-buy-button_2

Two physicists prove that there are not just four ways to tie a tie, but a further 81. Tie Knots unravels the history of ties, the story of the discovery of the new knots and some very elegant mathematics in action.

Top 5 Trending Authors for May Based on Google Trends Data:

1. Chris Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2009 and published a bestselling autobiography, American Sniper in January 2012. In 2013, Kyle was shot and killed by ex-marine Eddie Ray Routh.

2. Seymour Hersh is an American investigative journalist and political writer based in Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine on military and security matters. He has also won two National Magazine Awards and is a five-time Polk winner and recipient of the 2004 George Orwell Award.

3. Sandra Lee is an American television chef and author. She is known for her “Semi-Homemade” cooking concept, which has been controversial with healthy eating advocates and other chefs (Anthony Bourdain famously called one of her cakes “a crime against humanity.”) She is the longtime partner of New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

4. Nellie Bly was the pen name of journalist and author Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman. Nellie Bly was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days and for and a journalistic expose in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism.

5.Joshua Ozersky was an American food writer and historian. He first came to prominence as a founding editor of New York magazine’s food blog, Grub Street. He was the author of several books, including The Hamburger: A History. He died on May 4, 2015.

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