With all the festivities of 2015 done, I thought it would be a good time to highlight the most viewed books of last year. I started this blog on June 1, 2013, so it’s been great to get another full year done this time. So far, I’ve featured 944 books, ranging in topic, audience and the year when they were published.
- How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain
- Systema Naturae
- Meet Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Endorphin, Oxytocin, Serotonin
- Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
- The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest
- The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet
- Gray’s Anatomy
- Fahrenheit 451
- What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases
- The Selfish Gene
- The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past)
- E=MC2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation
- The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger
- Relativity: The Special and General Theory
- Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide
- Syntactic Structures
- Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
- Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You
- What Is Life? How Chemistry Becomes Biology
Having featured nearly 1000 books, it’s often hard to know which titles will be on this final list of the year as many books get a lot of attention when they are released and then fade away. The topics ranged from animals, physics, technology, biology, history, language, medicine and science fiction.
As you can see above, there are some undisputed classics in their. Two titles are from the everyone’s popular physicist – Albert Einstein – E=MC2: A Biography of the World’s Most Famous Equation and Relativity: The Special and General Theory; Linneas’ Systema Naturae; Richard Dawkin’s The Selfish Gene; Gray’s Anatomy.
More recent titles have appeared such as Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal; Addy Pross’ What is Life: How Chemistry Becomes Biology and David Quammen’s The Chimp and the River: How AIDS emerged from an African Forest.
And of course history and science fiction have been represented by Brenda Maddox’s Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA; the classic Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and the newly translated The Three-Body Problem.
But of course, the ever popular Gregory Berns’ How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain has continued to be the most popular book in 2015. Originally featured in 2013, the book has continued to be in the Top 10 every month since it was listed. What can we say? People love dogs!
Make sure you check out the above titles and let me know which books YOU think should have made the cut.
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