It is being said for years that the age of books has come to an end and soon no body will read books anymore when they can just download an eBook on to their tablets, phones and eReaders. But this hasn’t turned out to be true so far. Books are being read all over the world and eBooks have only helped expand the market. Authors and publishers are finding new ways to reach ever greater number of readers through various platforms. It is safe to say that traditional paper book is here to stay. In case you’ve missed out, here are the 7 mind-blowing bestsellers of 2013.
7. The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Owing to the release of the Leonardo DiCaprio starring movie, this American classic found new audience in 2013. The book is considered to be the best work of Fitzgerald and one of the best books of American literature ever published. Everyone knows the story of the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession with Daisy Buchanan. If you haven’t read it yet, grab a copy soon.
6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman came out with The Ocean at the End of the Lane this year and it immediately received positive reviews and shot to the top of the best selling list. It is the typical unusual style of fantasy that Gaiman produces. The story is of an unnamed protagonist who returns home to attend a funeral and remembers the incidents of his childhood. It has been named the Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.
5. The Goldfinch
Author: Donna Tartt
Donna Tartt’s third novel, The Goldfinch, is about a young boy who gets into the underworld of art because of his obsession with a painting. The painting in question is The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius and the protagonist is attached to it because it is the only remaining reminder of his mother who dies in a terrorist attack when he was young. The book has received critical acclaim and is among the top books of 2013.
4. And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini’s third novel after The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, is “And the Mountains Echoed.” He has tried to change his style and this novel is from the point of views of many different characters instead of just one. Three million copies of the novel were sold in just 5 months after its publication. In classic Hosseini style, the novel is sad but endearing.
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Author: Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney’s series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, continues with the 8th book, Hard Luck published this year. It’s a children’s book series that follows the life of Greg Heffley, a wimpy kid. The novel is as hilarious as the rest of the series and the fans of the series won’t be disappointed with this novel. The novel was released in November and has been doing very well among the bestseller lists worldwide.
2. Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl is a thriller novel by Gillian Flynn that was published in June 2012. The novel follows the marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne, two out of work writers, and the difficulties they go through. The suspense is mainly about whether Nick has killed Amy or not. The book is much more than just a crime novel and delves deeply into the psychology of the characters. The book has received critical acclaim and has been on the best seller lists for some time now.
Author: Dan Brown
Released in 2013, Inferno is the fourth novel by Dan Brown in the Robert Langdon series, continuing on from Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol. The novel takes Langdon on another fast paced adventure through Florence. He wakes up in a hospital with a short term memory loss and a vile of a dangerous virus in his pocket and spends the rest of the novel trying to stop the bad guys from getting to the virus. The novel is currently on top of the best seller lists worldwide.