20 Most Popular Books April 2017

Big news: The Bible is not first on the Most Popular Books April 2017 list.

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What book supplanted The Bible at number one? Jay Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why,” which jumped 15 spots on the list. This comes one month after first appearing on the list after the debut of the Netflix show based on the book.

It’s worth noting “Thirteen Reasons Why” is now the third-most sold book on Amazon.com so far this year.

“Big Little Lies” is another book benefitting from TV. The book first appeared on the list in February when the HBO miniseries of the same name debuted. And now “Big Little Lies” is third on the Most Popular Books April 2017 list.

Four books debut on the list: “The Circle,” “Half Girlfriend,” “The Lost City of Z,” and “American Gods”.

Dave Eggers’ “The Circle” joins other dystopian novels “1984” and “Lord of the Flies” on the most popular list. A movie based on “The Circle” and starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks released on April 28.

“Half Girlfriend” is a 2014 young adult novel by Chetan Bhagat that also has a movie version. “Half Girlfriend” the movie is set for release in the U.S. on May 19, making it likely we’ll see the book on next month’s most popular list.

“The Lost City of Z” also debuts on this month’s list because of a movie release. The film version of the book opened on April 21.

Neil Gaman’s “American Gods” makes the list as the Starz show based on the book aired its first episode on April 30. This is the 2001 book’s first appearance on the list. But had Google Trends existed in 2001, it’s likely the popular “American Gods” would have made the list back then.

Other big news on the Most Popular Books April 2017 list is “The Shack’s” drop. The book, which had a movie version released in March, plummeted 16 spots. It’s possible this is the last time we’ll see the book on the most popular list.

Five books fall off the list from last month: “Before I Fall,” “Frankenstein,” “The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Girl on the Train,” and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them“. “Before I Fall” debuted at number three in March, so the book dropped significantly in searches to not make the list in April. The other four books comprised the bottom of the Most Popular Books March 2017 list.

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Based on Google search data for the United States.

1) Thirteen Reasons Why ↑15
2) The Bible ↓1
3) Big Little Lies ↑1
4) To Kill a Mockingbird ↑3
5) The Great Gatsby ↑1
6) Romeo and Juliet ↑2
7) Quran ↑3
8) Hamilton ↑1
9) 1984 ↑3
10) Fifty Shades Darker ↓5
11) The Circle NEW
12) Half Girlfriend NEW
13) Sword Art Online ↓2
14) MacBeth
15) Hamlet
16) The Lost City of Z NEW
17) Fifty Shades of Grey ↓4
18) The Shack ↓16
19) Lord of the Flies ↓2
20) American Gods NEW