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20 Most Popular Books June 2017

The summer reading season is in full swing, according to the Most Popular Books June 2017 list. Beach reads and books made into summer movies make an appearance on the list.Image of an island surrounded by water at sunset underneath the words "20 Most Popular Books June 2017."

For example, “Captain Underpants” is at third on the list. An animated movie, perfect popcorn summer fare, debuted on June 2. And that ultimate summer read, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” rose five spots to number 10.

In other book-to-movie news, “Sword Art Online” shot up nine spots. The English trailer for the next Sword Art movie, “Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale,” was released on May 30.

And two books return to the most popular books list because their movie versions were released on DVD at the end of May: “The Shack” and “Before I Fall.” Movies for both books hit theaters in March. That month, “The Shack” hit number two and “Before I Fall” was third on the most popular books list.

Mostly holding its own is Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.” The first season of the book’s TV version finished airing in June.

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

And interestingly, “Big Little Lies” returns to the most popular books list. The book’s HBO miniseries finished airing in April. So why did the book make a comeback in June? Perhaps media coverage explains the reappearance.

There was media coverage of Nicole Kidman talking about a filming abuse scenes in the miniseries. Plus, Kidman’s co-star in the miniseries, Alexander Skarsgard talked about the possibility of the show having a second season, as did the show’s writer and executive producer, David E. Kelley.

Looking for summer reading ideas? Check out the most popular books list below.

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Based on Google search data for the United States.

1) The Bible
2) Thirteen Reasons Why
3) Captain Underpants ↑3
4) Quran ↑4
5) American Gods ↓1
6) Hamilton ↑6
7) Sword Art Online ↑9
8) 1984 ↑2
9) Romeo and Juliet ↓6
10) Fifty Shades of Grey ↑5
11) The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity NEW
12) The Lord of the Rings ↑8
13) Fifty Shades Darker ↓2
14) The Handmaid’s Tale ↑3
15) The Great Gatsby ↓9
16) Before I Fall NEW
17) Half Girlfriend ↓8
18) To Kill a Mockingbird ↓13
19) The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts NEW
20) Big Little Lies NEW

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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”.

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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

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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

 

20 Most Popular Books March 2017

Look at the Most Popular Books March 2017 list and you’ll see it doesn’t take a blockbuster movie to boost a book’s popularity.The words "Most Popular Books March 2017" over an image of green grass.

A movie based on “The Shack,” the 2007 novel by William P. Young, was released in early March. The book appeared on Google’s 20 most popular books in February 2017 list.

And even though the movie isn’t well-received by some, the book catapulted to second on the Most Popular Books March 2017 list. Not bad for a movie with a 20-percent Rotten Tomatoes ranking.

Before I Fall” is another book benefiting from a movie release. The book debuts at number three on the Most Popular Books list. Its movie version opened March 3.

As TV has become increasingly popular, the medium is also pushing books. For example, “Big Little Lies” jumps eight spots this month after debuting on the February Most Popular Books list. The book-turned-miniseries ran on HBO from Feb. 19-April 2.Book cover of "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher. The book is number 16 on the Most Popular Books March 2017 list.

Speaking of books-on-TV, “Thirteen Reasons Why” appears on the most-searched for books list for the first time. The book is now a Netflix series which was released on March 31.

The third and final debut on the most popular books list is “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” An updated version of the book was released on March 14. Plus, the book’s movie version was released on DVD and streaming last month.

The big drops on the Most Popular Books March 2017 list come from “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “The Girl on the Train.” The latter dropped eight spots on the list, its second consecutive eight-spot drop. Will the book find a way to stay on the Most Popular Books list? We’ll find out next month.

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 Book cover for "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver.
2) The Shack ↑18
3) Before I Fall NEW
4) Big Little Lies ↑8
5) Fifty Shades Darker ↓3
6) The Great Gatsby ↓1
7) To Kill a Mockingbird ↓1 Book cover for "Hamilton: The Revolution."
8) Romeo and Juliet
9) Hamilton
10) Quran ↓3
11) Sword Art Online ↑2
12) 1984 ↓2
13) Fifty Shades of Grey ↓10 Book cover of "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher.
14) MacBeth ↓3
15) Hamlet ↓1
16) Thirteen Reasons Why NEW
17) Lord of the Flies ↑2
15) The Girl on the Train ↓8
18) Frankenstein ↓2 Book cover of "Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them" by J.K. Rowling.
19) The Fellowship of the Ring ↓1
20) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them NEW