Reading novels is a very enriching experience. It can transport us to the time and place where the story is set. It can be a very good stress reliever to help us cope with the fast-paced lives most of us live. It is now time to update our reading lists with the most popular fiction novels in the world of the 2012-2013 year.
10. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
A Memory of Light is the fourteenth installment in the Wheel of Time series. Originally started by Robert Jordan in 1990, the series has been continued by established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson after Jordan’s death in 2007. Sanderson used the notes and partials left behind by Jordan to create the highly anticipated final and concluding scenes of this extraordinary saga. Loyal readers of this series will definitely find this book enthralling, delighting, and deeply satisfying.
9. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
Although Fifty Shades of Grey was first published in 2011, it still remains popular today. This is the first book in the Fifty Shades trilogy. The novel is about the daring and passionate physical love affair between the innocent and naive literature student Anastasia Steele and the young and rich entrepreneur Christian Grey. This first installment of the trilogy gives us a sneak peek on the demons tormenting Grey, his irresistible need to control his partner, and his erotic tastes. This compelling, amusing, and erotic novel will definitely possess you. Intended readers are mature audiences.
8. Joyland by Stephen King
Joyland is a stunning new novel from best-selling author Stephen King. The story is set at an amusement park in a small town in North Carolina. In the summer of 1973, Devin Jones works as a carny with a traveling amusement show. During his stint with the carnival, Devin confronts the legacy of a vicious murder and the fate of a dying child, which both change his life forever. Stephen King describes the book as a combination of crime, mystery, and ghosts.
7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars is Time Magazine’s number one fiction book of 2012. The story revolves around Hazel, a terminally ill cancer patient who only has a few more years left, despite the help of a tumor-shrinking medical miracle. When Augustus Waters appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be rewritten. Time Magazine describes the novel as a genuine and moving love story and “an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” This book that tackles the thrilling, funny, and tragic business of being in love and alive will surely capture your heart.
6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl is a novel about a marriage gone terribly wrong, written by acclaimed suspense writer and New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn. The story revolves around the lives of couple Nick and Amy Dunne. On the couple’s fifth anniversary, Amy mysteriously disappears from their house. Nick insists that he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance but he has been oddly evasive and is definitely bitter. He parades an endless series of inappropriate behavior, lies, and deceits. This fast-paced, dark, and ingenious thriller is proof that in some instances, marriage can literally be a killer.
5. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder, a #1 New York Times Bestseller and part of the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, is about August Pullman, a boy born with a facial deformity. His condition has prevented August from going to a mainstream school. The novel begins as he starts fifth grade and wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid. Unfortunately, his classmates cannot get past his deformed face. The story develops to illustrate a town’s struggle with compassion, acceptance, and empathy. R.J. Palacio describes her debut novel as “a meditation on kindness.” This could probably be one of the best kids’ books of the year.
4. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
And the Mountains Echoed is written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Khaled Hosseini. This novel is all about loving and caring for one another and how our choices can affect succeeding generations. It explores the different ways that families nurture, honor, sacrifice, betray, and wound one another and how the actions of those closest to us surprise us at times that matter the most. The story follows the characters and the consequences of their lives, choices, and loves around the world, from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco and to the Greek island Tinos.
3. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
The series A Song of Ice and Fire is written by acclaimed author, George R. R. Martin, who is dubbed by Time Magazine as the “American Tolkien.” The series includes four novels, namely, A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows. The series has been the gold standard for modern epic fantasy as it is set in a world and age of chivalry and knights with a number of fascinating and multi-dimensional characters. The story revolves around the characters’ struggle for control of a divided kingdom. The renewed interest over the series could be attributed to the HBO adaptation of the mini series Game of Thrones.
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby, one of the greatest twentieth century literature classics, was the third book of F. Scott Fitzgerald. This exquisitely crafted tale of America set in the Jazz Age in the 1920’s revolves around the story of fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby, his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, and the lavish parties on Long Island. This novel has been acclaimed by generations of readers and it has gained the interest of readers once more with the release of the movie adaptation in 2013 starring Leonardo DiCaprio and written and directed by Baz Luhrmann.
1. Inferno by Dan Brown
Inferno is written by Dan Brown, author of international blockbusters like The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. In his new novel, Brown once again masterfully fuses history, symbols, codes, and art. This riveting thriller takes place in Italy where Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, has to deal with an ingenious riddle involving futuristic science, secret passageways, and classic art. Inspired by Dante’s dark epic poem, the story follows Langdon as he races against time to find answers and decide whom to trust before the world is altered irrevocably.