Nicholas E. Barron

Reader, writer, hiker

Menu Close

Tag: The Circle

20 Most Popular Books May 2017

A look at the Most Popular Books May 2017 list shows you deities had a big month. Neil Gaman’s “American Gods” shot up 16 spots and “The Bible” returned to its nearly perennial position atop the list.Image of a cow in a field at sunrise under the words "20 Most Popular Books May 2017".

The first season of “American Gods” the TV show aired on April 30. As we see each month, TV and movies often drive what books appear on the most popular list. No doubt this explains “American Gods” rising to number four on the most popular books list.

The season finale for “American Gods” is tomorrow, so it’s possible we’ll see the book dropping off the list in June.

Another book benefitting from the entertainment industry is “The Circle”. This book rose four spots to number seven, its highest placement yet on the list. A film version of “The Circle” starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks premiered on April 30.

And as expected, “Half Girlfriend” remained in the most popular books list. The Chetan Bhagat novel rose three spots in May. A film based on the book opened May 19 in theaters.

Making its debut on the chart, “The Handmaid’s Tale” appears in the 17th spot. A Hulu show based on the book began airing in late April.

And perhaps out of interest in its 50th anniversary, “The Outsiders” also debuts on the chart this month. The book was first published on April 24, 1967.

Falling off the list is “Big Little Lies”. This is a significant drop after the book was number three on the April chart.

Other books dropping off the most popular books list this month are “The Lost City of Z” and “The Shack”.

This page contains affiliate links. This means I earn a small amount of money if you make a purchase using these links. Visit my Disclosures page for more info.

Based on Google search data for the United States.

1) The Bible ↑1 Cover of Neil Gaiman's "American Gods".
2) Thirteen Reasons Why ↓1
3) Romeo and Juliet ↑3
4) American Gods ↑16
5) To Kill a Mockingbird ↓1
6) The Great Gatsby ↓1
7) The Circle ↑4 Cover of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies".
8) Quran ↓1
9) Half Girlfriend ↑3
10) 1984 ↓1
11) Fifty Shades Darker ↓1
12) Hamilton ↓4
13) MacBeth ↑1 Cover of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale".
14) Lord of the Flies ↑5
15) Fifty Shades of Grey ↑2
16) Sword Art Online ↓3
17) The Handmaid’s Tale NEW
18) Hamlet ↓3
3) Big Little Lies ↑1
16) The Outsiders NEW
20) The Lord of the Rings NEW

Photo of a cow in a field at sunrise next to the words "20 Most Popular Books May 2017".

20 Most Popular Books April 2017

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

Image of tulips under the words "Most Popular Books April 2017".

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.

This page contains affiliate links. This means I earn a small amount of money if you make a purchase using these links. Visit my Disclosures page for more info.

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