On the Books: John Green, Veronica Roth have bestselling books of 2014 (so far)

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We’re halfway through the year, and Publishers Weekly has commemorated the occasion by tallying up the bestselling books so far. Divergent by Veronica Roth topped the list, while Insurgent and Allegiant came it at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Different editions of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green filled out the rest of the top six. Both Fault and Divergent were made into movies starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort earlier this year—so if you work in publishing and want to make sure your book is a bestseller, try to secure a movie deal with those two. [Publishers Weekly]

The Wall Street Journal calculates the summer’s least-read books with the Hawking Index, named after Stephen Hawking’s often-unread A Brief History of Time. It’s calculated with the following formula: “Take the page numbers of a book’s five top highlights, average them, and divide by the number of pages in the whole book. The higher the number, the more of the book we’re guessing most people are likely to have read.” Turns out, no one actually read Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. [The Wall Street Journal]

Two years ago, a new edition of A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway was published with 39 different endings. Later this month, a new edition of The Sun Also Rises with an alternate opening chapter will be released. [The New York Times]

Looking for something to read in the next six months? The Millions publishes “The Great Second-Half 2014 Book Preview,” covering the rest of 2014’s notable fiction, and a little beyond. [The Millions]

You can buy John Cheever’s home in Ossining for $525,000. [Page Six]

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