Book trends always interest me. I love reading twitter and seeing what books seems to have everyone talking. I don’t see any pattern with the trends but it does interest me that some unexpected books seem to be the topic of conversation. So in the attempt of being more in tune with the current book market and to make myself seem more like a viable literary source I want to talk about the books that seem to be popular over the past 3 months.
1Q84 was released at the end of October and has been a popular book from November to January. A huge thick book like this seems to be a good choice of book during the holiday period. I’ve not read this book yet but from what I can tell it seems to have everything. It has romance, mystery, fantasy and self-discovery. This is also a dystopian novel which has been has been called a homage to George Orwell’s 1984.
The Fault in Our Stars is John Green’s 5th novel. I adore John Green as a writer and I was eager to read this book as soon as it came out; as well as everyone else so it seems. This isn’t a typical book about cancer or a typical young adult novel; both Hazel and Augustus make for awesome characters. I would recommend anything by this author.
February seemed to be a little easier to predict, the sequels to two popular YA novels came out this month and seemed to be popular reads. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver is the follow up from the 2011 Goodreads Book of the Year, Delirium; and Fever by Lauren DeStefano proceeded Wither, are both post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult novels that were almost guaranteed to be trending this month. It was no surprise that another similar book would be popular too.
Partials by Dan Wells is a big progression from this authors other series about a sociopathic teen but seems to be using the same format as every other YA novel. I’ve recently read this book and I just don’t see why this seemed to be highly rated by many book bloggers. The young adult post-apocalyptic dystopian plot seems to be done to death. Don’t get me wrong; this book has some great elements and was an interesting concept, I just didn’t connect with it.
50 Shades of Grey seems to be the only thing everyone has been talking about lately. I will admit I joined in last week with my post 50 Shades of BDSM. I don’t know anyone that has read and enjoyed this book so it just seems to be the controversy (and maybe Sex) that seemed to make this book popular.
Looking forward I don’t think I could predict what will be talked about in April but I’m going to make a guess and say Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway will be one of the books being talked about. This Steampunk novel is already starting to get some attention on Twitter and in blogs so it could be the next trend.