Have You Read the "It" Books of Spring?

Posted by Jessica on April 21, 2015
Not every year has a clear "It" book—the book we all can't stop talking about, the book that's passed around, devoured quickly, and debated gleefully. For 2015, there's a surprisingly clear winner...so far! Debut novelist Paula Hawkins is living every first-time writer's dream. Her twisty, creepy mystery, The Girl on the Train, published in January 2015, might be "the fastest selling hardcover adult novel ever."


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In just three months, The Girl on the Train has been rated on Goodreads a whopping 122,470 times. Compare that to last year's "It" books, We Were Liars and All the Light We Cannot See, which have 114,099 ratings and 111,127 ratings respectively.

And momentum is still building:

  • Total readers who have added The Girl on the Train to their want-to-read shelf: 133,692
  • Average number of people rating or adding the book every day: 3,300
  • And it's the number 1 most-searched-for book on Goodreads since January!

What are this year's other "It" book contenders? In search of the magic formula, we looked at the most popular 2015 books of spring in several genres. Below, check out some books that are already trending as well as soon-to-be published books that are just beginning to sizzle.

Which books are you most excited to read?

FICTION
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NONFICTION
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YOUNG ADULT FICTION
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MYSTERY & THRILLER
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FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
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HISTORICAL FICTION
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ROMANCE
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message 1: by Janet (new)

Janet Raslowsky The girl on the train was fascinating, but very dark. I had to read a romance after that to "cleanse my mind palate".


message 2: by Dragana (new)

Dragana Ok so from this list I have only read Red Queen which was fun and I am reading The Deal right now (omg it's so hot and beautiful romance).
Thanks for putting all the popular books in one place for those like me who are lazy to explore. I might read some more, to be prepared for Goodreads choice awards this year. :)


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

The stranger was a page turner.and a very original story.I LIKED the way the author describes suburban life.


message 5: by Yolanda (new)

Yolanda Mclain HATED The Girl on the Train, our March book club selection. Alcoholic, unstable woman, and the other troubled people in her life that had not redemption or insight for the protagonist. Complete manipulation. I agree with the other review, need to cleanse your brain afterwards.


message 6: by Virginia (new)

Virginia The Girl on the Train was a waste of the time it took me to pick it up at the library. I knew who did it halfway through. Almost as awful as Gone Girl.


message 7: by Virginia (new)

Virginia Yolanda wrote: "HATED The Girl on the Train, our March book club selection. Alcoholic, unstable woman, and the other troubled people in her life that had not redemption or insight for the protagonist. Complete man..."

I could not agree more.


message 8: by Denisse (new)

Denisse The Girl on the Train was excellent!! By far the best book I've read this year, and very probably will read this year. Also an outstanding psychological thriller.


message 9: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Yolanda wrote: "HATED The Girl on the Train, our March book club selection. Alcoholic, unstable woman, and the other troubled people in her life that had not redemption or insight for the protagonist. Complete man..."

I am reading it right now and not seeing what all the hype is about. I'm only 60% of the way through so hopefully it will get better.


message 10: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I read The Girl on the Train and loved it! It definitely satisfied my THRILLER need and I devoured that book as soon as I got it. I also LOVED The Nightingale. That book made me fall in love with the characters and I now love Kristin Hannah as an author.


message 11: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Virginia wrote: "The Girl on the Train was a waste of the time it took me to pick it up at the library. I knew who did it halfway through. Almost as awful as Gone Girl."

I liked 'Girl on a Train' better than 'Gone Girl' but have to agree with you - and here I thought I was the only one who didn't like 'Gone Girl'... Thx


message 12: by Fee (new)

Fee I just finished The Girl on the Train, and I wasn't all that taken with it. The ending was less surprising than I'd been led to believe, and on the whole I found it rather depressing.


message 13: by CindyG (new)

CindyG There is some dark subject matter in The Girl on the Train but it does make you think beyond the obvious all things are connected reality and reminds you that there are usually several layers of connection. I liked the twist in the plot at the end of the book. I was able to guess the ending but I only had a few chapters left and I wasn't totally correct. I have to admit that the alcoholic story line almost made me put it down but we do need to understand that everyone has their issues. Would recommend overall.


message 14: by Gina (new)

Gina  W Fischer Virginia wrote: "The Girl on the Train was a waste of the time it took me to pick it up at the library. I knew who did it halfway through. Almost as awful as Gone Girl."
Whew! I thought I was the only person in the world that didn't like Gone Girl. Now I know to avoid this one too.


message 15: by Charles (new)

Charles Hicks A Little Life was one of the worst reading experiences I've ever endured. I mean endured. Don't do it. For some reason books that have just god awful human suffering are thought to be some how "art". Not so - it is not required that there be human debasement and suffering for a book to be high art. This book was so far over the top that it was in my opinion not worth "enduring".


message 16: by Angel (new)

Angel Parrish Virginia wrote: "The Girl on the Train was a waste of the time it took me to pick it up at the library. I knew who did it halfway through. Almost as awful as Gone Girl."

Oh, dear. It's on my to-read, but if it's like Gone Girl...perhaps I should rethink it. I HATED Gone Girl. What an awful book!


message 17: by Patty (new)

Patty Virginia wrote: "Yolanda wrote: "HATED The Girl on the Train, our March book club selection. Alcoholic, unstable woman, and the other troubled people in her life that had not redemption or insight for the protagoni..."

Yolanda wrote: "HATED The Girl on the Train, our March book club selection. Alcoholic, unstable woman, and the other troubled people in her life that had not redemption or insight for the protagonist. Complete man..."

There is so much buzz, but so far I've resisted the urge to pick up The Girl on the Train. I too hated Gone Girl - I disliked all the characters, and though fairly well written, just couldn't bring myself to care in the least what happened to any of the dysfunctional people who brought such misery upon themselves.


message 18: by Susan (new)

Susan One of the worst things I've ever read...totally unredeeming..I abandoned it, gleefully. Don't know why these sorts of books get so much attention....


message 19: by BookWitch_Namine (new)

BookWitch_Namine I love books that are dark.


message 20: by Terri (new)

Terri Giffin Jasmine wrote: "I read The Girl on the Train and loved it! It definitely satisfied my THRILLER need and I devoured that book as soon as I got it. I also LOVED The Nightingale. That ..."

The Nightingale is my favourite book so far this year.


message 21: by Basil (new)

Basil Scion Mine, oh oops, it wont be out until August.


message 22: by Dana (new)

Dana I liked the girl on the train, however I don't read a lot of mysteries, so if there were a lot of cliches involved I missed them.


message 23: by Mary (new)

Mary Curtis I did not like Gone Girl, so will not be reading Girl on the Train.


message 24: by Mary (new)

Mary Curtis Best book I've read in 2015 is All the Light You Cannot See. I'm disappointed that it is not an "it" book.


message 25: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Mary wrote: "Best book I've read in 2015 is All the Light You Cannot See. I'm disappointed that it is not an "it" book."

Is mentioned above as a 2014 it book.


message 26: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Ferrara For historical fiction I'm looking forward to Bruce Holsinger's second book The Invention of Fire. You don't want to miss it for a taste of medieval London and a thriller to boot.


message 27: by Candace (new)

Candace I was glad to hear I'm not the only one who was not enamored with Gone Girl. I actually thought the movie was better. Now I'm not sure if I want to read The girl on the Train.


message 28: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Caliro 'All the Bright Places' by Jennifer Niven is OUTSTANDING!


message 29: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I'm a person who usually finishes a book even if it means starting another one while I take a break. However, The Girl On the Train is one of the very few that I haven't finished and I don't think I ever will purely because of how much I disliked it.


message 30: by Katty (new)

Katty To be honest, I don't understand why readers who dislike dark, thriller stories pick up books like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. Just by reading the summary or a review, it's usually obvious that it isn't a happy story. Being popular won't change that, so don't read it if you know it's not your type of book.


message 31: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I Best news I've read!! This is my winner of a lifetime book. Others on that list, but this just made my night.


message 32: by Sparrowlicious (new)

Sparrowlicious Katty wrote: "To be honest, I don't understand why readers who dislike dark, thriller stories pick up books like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. Just by reading the summary or a review, it's usually obvious ..."

Eh. I can guess: To see what all the buzz is about.
I mean, I don't like trash books but I did read the first Fifty Shades of Grey. So I can relate.
Some people though, they love to suffer.


message 33: by Jennifer (last edited Apr 21, 2015 10:50PM) (new)

Jennifer Maloney Weird. The only one I've even heard of on this list is "The Girl on the Train". Where are people hearing about these supposedly popular books? (And more importantly, where have I been that I haven't heard of them?)


message 34: by Ian (new)

Ian "It" books....

ttthhhppppt

It's just so childish.


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message 36: by Japheth (new)

Japheth Dibaba Soreth its #rocks...goodread


message 37: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Quite a few of these are on my TR list. I have only read The Nightingale so far which is an incredible book.


message 38: by Marnise (new)

Marnise Never Never was facinating but I don't think I would have read it if I had known just how short it was. I would have waited for part two to be released first. That cliff hanger just isn't fair.


message 39: by Raph♛ (last edited Apr 22, 2015 06:14AM) (new)

Raph♛ i have only read The Deal (Off-Campus, #1) by Elle Kennedy which i really liked
and currently reading A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab
i am waiting An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir , A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas and Overruled (The Legal Briefs, #1) by Emma Chase to be published ^^


message 40: by Lori (new)

Lori so far I have read "The Secret Wisdom of the Earth" great book. I actually won an advanced readers copy last summer on goodreads.


message 41: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Ireland I too read "The Girl on the Train" and was very disappointed. I hate leaving books unfinished and had to force myself to get to the end of this one. Eventually I just started skimming through pages to get to the end. Definitely can't see what all the hype is about this one and wouldn't recommend it to anyone.


message 42: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Tegtmeier i did not like "Gone Girl" and cannot understand why it was such a large hit. I finally quit reading it and read " The Book Thief".


message 43: by Mia (last edited Apr 22, 2015 08:40AM) (new)

Mia Lindler Wow. It amazes how so many readers are not liking The Girl on the Train yet it is the number one book listed on the bestselling ebook list. I definitely will save my time. I recently read En Route to Emery and it was pretty good. It flowed well and took some twists and turns that weren't predictable so I would suggest that. The next book on my to read list is The Nightingale and Shaman The Awakening.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

http://www.amazon.com/Shaman-Awakenin...

http://www.amazon.com/Nightingale-Kri...


message 44: by Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog (last edited Apr 22, 2015 09:18AM) (new)

Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog This one seriously should be added.




message 45: by Danielle ♥ (new)

Danielle ♥ The Girl on the Train was a good book, but, be prepared for a) a very predictable ending and b) the main character to be a horrible person who has basically thrown her life away to alcohol. You end up having a reason to feel sorry for her ... but she's still kind of a psycho.


message 46: by Kay (new)

Kay J Some really good choices, on this list, I found a few to put on my "want to read" list, so I hope I can find them sometime soon. :)


message 47: by Lori (new)

Lori almost forgot, I also read "The Book Thief" so two books on the "it" list. have to check out what else I would like to try.


message 48: by Mary Lynn Saxton (new)

Mary Lynn Saxton "Girl on a train" was too dark but a book that is just the right amount of dark is Periphery by Kelly Lindner Periphery


message 49: by Deborah (new)

Deborah In my opinion…"The Girl on the Train" was meh. Easy to figure out. I didn't like the characters in" Gone Girl", but thought the story was interesting and twisted. Loved "The Nightingale" and truly recommend if you can deal with the reality and horrors of war. "All the Light We Cannot See"…fabulous. "Dead Wake" is dry reading but an interesting look at history.


message 50: by Maureen (last edited May 02, 2015 10:52PM) (new)

Maureen So my husband and I have certain knock out topics as in if you didn't understand "The Usual Suspects" or "Memento" we are not going to like you. I have now determined, after reviewing the favorites bookshelves of the majority of the people who have commented on this thread about how much they hated Gone Girl and now The Girl on the Train, that these are the same people who would be knocked out in our above-mentioned movie test. If you list a James Patterson or Nora Roberts book on your favorite shelf, of course you weren't going to like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train! Stay in your low-brow, spoon-fed sort of book lane and leave the more nuanced reading to those of us who can handle it. Cheers!


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