Top Books – 2016 Best Sellers

Top Books – 2016 Best Sellers

Top Books 2016 reviews a broad range of books that have topped the charts this year.  WhyToRead likes lists like this to help broaden our reading.

Of course, many books top the charts during the year, so we have picked out some that stood out for us so far.  Be brave and read something from a new genre.  You just might love it.

1. Before the Fall – Noah Hawley

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When an aeroplane full of influential people crashes off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, questions start floating to the surface.There are only two survivors: a down on his luck painter named Scott Boughes and a four-year-old boy. Told through the backstories of the doomed passengers as well as flash forwards to after the crash, we are treated to a thriller with intrigue at the heart. Before the Fall explores the heartwarming relationship between the two unlikely survivors while delving into the facts and secrets of those on the plane. Noah Hawley is the writer for the Fox show Fargo and has given us a Top Books 2016 thriller that pushes us to think about how vulnerable the human spirit really is.

2. The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny

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If you are looking for a funny novel about some serious topics, then The Nest may be for you. The story revolves around the Plumb siblings who are anxiously awaiting to dip into their trust fund, nicknamed “the nest.” With plans for the future and problems in their pasts, we learn about the dysfunctional Plumb family.The book takes us on a journey into the everyday workings of a family, showing us how important love and friendship really are. Comedy though it is, this novel also delves into issues surrounding family, grief and the real cost of inheritance. This debut novel for D’Aprix Sweeny is a New York Times bestseller.

3. The Longest Night – Andria Williams

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Being part of a military family comes with sacrifices and troubles. The Longest Night follows the Collier family as they adjust to their new life on a military base in Idaho. When Peter’s military life takes over the family, his wife, Nat, becomes increasingly lonely. Secrets start to build as they grow further apart. With love triangles, a real nuclear accident, as well as the bonds of the family, The Longest Night is a very realistic read. Andria Williams uses her first-hand experience in a military family to bring us a novel rich in love and historical detail.

4. Pumpkinflowers: A Soldiers Story – Matti Friedman

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Based on a true story, Pumpkinflowers follows the story of a group of Israeli soldiers stationed on a small hill in Lebanon. It follows the horrors of war, the bonds of friendship, and though Friedman’s accounts, the real story of a war. Written with vivid descriptions and harrowing details, this book is unprecedented in the insight it gives into modern warfare and how it shaped the lives of the men on that hill. It is a perfect read for military personnel or anyone willing to take a very emotional look at war. Pumpkin Flowers is being hailed a classic by critics and readers alike.  A highlight of the Top Books 2016 list.

5. LaRose – Louise Erdrich

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When a shooting accident leaves a five-year-old boy dead, a family must come to terms with the loss while staying friends with their son’s killer. La Rose follows the story of Landreux Iron as he deals with the guilt of killing the Ruskin boy and the grief of having to give his own son, La Rose, to the Ruskin family as a sign of forgiveness. Between the two families, LaRose grows up, dark and troubled in a home that is not his. This fragile novel is rife with Native American customs and law. Louise Erdrich is a Pulitzer Prize winner, and this is a beautiful story that weaves together the fate of two broken families.

6. Barkskins – Annie Prouix

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If you are looking for a story rich in history and ecology, then look no further. Barkskins is the tale of two poor Frenchmen who find themselves in New France (the French colonies of North America). They are introduced to a world where timber is king and ravaging natural resources is the norm. It follows both mens’ family trees for three hundred years showing the challenges, the triumphs, and imminent ecological collapse. This novel spans the course of continents and gives us a well-researched look into Native American culture. Written by the author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, this novel tries to weave the history of man with the destruction of the natural world.  A must read Top Books 2016.

7. The Fireman – Joe Hill

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When a deadly plague starts sweeping across America, everything changes. Harper Grayston is a nurse who is dedicated to helping those infected. After finding out she is both infected and pregnant, she must do everything she can to give birth to a healthy baby. She has watched other women do it , and knows the risks. This thriller explores the chaos that erupts across communities with threatening situations.   Exploring individual reactions, Harper and her ever distant husband deal with the idea of having a baby in this new world. A fast-paced read full of emotions, twists, and questions for the future.

6 Young Adult Books That Are Worth Reading

6 Young Adult Books That Are Worth Reading

Young adult books remind us of books like Divergent or Hunger Games, but these books are filled with flat characters who go through the same ‘coming of age’ story that has been stale for a long time. Instead, we’ve found the books that have deep characters, open your eyes, change your view of the world and make you want to read more.

6 Young Adult Books That Are Worth Reading

1. His Dark Materials Omnibus – Philip Pullman

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Philip Pullman’s dark fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, ostensibly written for children, is actually literature of a much higher order. As such, it is always a joy to come across a book or series that engages people of all ages and keeps you thinking about it long after you’ve finished the books.

2. Earthsea Series – Ursula K. Le Guin

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The books are a wonderful, well-told story of a young man, Ged, coming of age in a world where words can have the power of magic and dragons are as real as earthquakes.

3. Tomorrow, When the War Began – John Marsden

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This is a series of 7 books about a group of Australian teens that are on a camping trip when Australia gets occupied by a foreign nation forcing them into guerilla warfare.

3. The Giver – Lois Lowry

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An extremely thought provoking book, The Giver is a must read.

4. The Wee Free Men – Terry Pratchett

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The book is hysterically, laugh-out-loud funny for both younger and adult readers.

5. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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The Book Thief describes that while being subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others.

6. Paper Towns – John Green

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Paper Towns is pretty phenomenal, well developed and current. For new fiction, John Green is doing about as good a job as anyone managing the Young Adult / Adult transition, introducing tough topics with good writing.

7 Popular Books You Will Be Recommending To All Of Your Friends

7 Popular Books You Will Be Recommending To All Of Your Friends

There are books that have such an impact on you, that when you finish them, you can’t wait to tell everyone about them and you stop short at jamming the thing down their throats. These books are so good, as soon as you’re done, you’ll be recommending it to all of your friends.

7 Popular Books You Will Be Recommending To All Of Your Friends

1. Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

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Magic is absolutely rooted in the book’s world. Nothing seems contrived and the consistency is excellent.

The characters are very well realized which means that when the protagonist does something clever, it’s believable. And when he does something youthfully dumb, it rings just as authentically true. This one is well worth some of your precious reading time.

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

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This is science fiction made to laugh at itself while honoring its rich tradition, but it is much more than that. Adams’ peculiar humor also draws deeply from the well of sociology, philosophy, and science. Beneath the surface of utter hilarity, Adams actually used his sarcasm and wit to make some rather poignant statements about this silly thing called life and the manner in which we are going about living it. This may well be the funniest novel ever written.

3. Neverwhere: A Novel – Neil Gaiman

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In the field of Science-Fiction/Fantasy, there is no greater accomplishment than creating a unique and intriguing universe. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is a pretty unmistakable attempt at creating a universe. The universe of this novel is London Below, a dark world existing beneath the UK’s sprawling capital. It’s inhabited by a feudal aristocracy, lonesome warriors and a religious cult that talks to rats.

4. Enders Game – Orson Scott Card

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From our previous post:
Ender Wiggin is a special boy. He is the youngest of a family of child geniuses. This story is set in the future where aliens have tried to invade the earth twice. Twice the Earth defeated them, but at a great cost. The government is scrambling to make sure this never happens again by training the next set of star fleet commanders from childhood.

5. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal – Christopher Moore

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The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John leave a gaping hole in the story of Jesus. They tell of the shepherds, the angel, the virgin, the manger, and the wise men, then jump to Jesus as a thirtysomething rabbi. What did Jesus do during his formative years? Christopher Moore has an answer in his latest novel Lamb.

6. Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson

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Mistborn has the best, most well-thought-out, most original magic system of any fantasy book series ever written. Nothing comes anywhere close to rivaling its intricacy and intelligence. Despite its complexity, Sanderson has such a firm grasp on his magic system and is so clearly enjoying himself when he writes in it that it comes off the page so beautifully, so fluidly.

7. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

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From a previous post:
The Count is a masterful work. Charting the story of Edmond Dantes and his betrayal, the book shows his incredible comeback as a force of vengeance, fighting for the good guys and punishing the bad.

New Books: 5 Best New Fiction And Literature Books Of October 2014

New Books: 5 Best New Fiction And Literature Books Of October 2014

Everyone loves new books. The new book smell. The new book feel. Its not really the same with an e-book but you get the idea.

Here are the only books you need to concern yourself with in the month of October. We know other books will be published, but only read them after and only after you’ve read these five.

5 Best New Fiction And Literature Books Of October 2014

1. My Sister’s Grave – Robert Dugoni

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Unlike more traditional mysteries, My Sisters Grave focuses on a crime from twenty years ago that has already been solved with the main character being the victim’s sister. Part police procedural, part amateur detective, part courtroom drama, this is very much a modern mystery.

2. Gray Mountain: A Novel – John Grisham

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Set against the backdrop of the Great Recession of 2008, Gray Mountain by bestselling author John Grisham follows a 29-year-old female Manhattan associate attorney who gets downsized and is forced to leave her Wall Street law firm. Having to work as an unpaid intern in a small town, she begins to uncover the generations of secrets which want to remain buried.

3. The Glassblower – Petra Durst-Benning

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The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning is the first book in The Glassblower Trilogy. The book tells the story of the three young Steinmann sisters who live in the glassblowing village of Lauscha in Germany at the end of the nineteenth century. The sisters have to make a living by glassblowing in a male dominated profession, after the passing of their father.

4. Leaving Time: A Novel – Jodi Picoult

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This is a very unique, unusual and entertaining mystery thriller. The book is about a teenage girl searching for her missing mother. Jenna must puzzle out why her mother, Alice, disappeared from the New England Elephant Sanctuary. What follows is an emotional masterpiece.

5. Barefoot Kisses: A Billionaire Love Story – Krista Lakes

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This is a must read book for any romantic comedy fans.

6 Gripping Page Turners You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

6 Gripping Page Turners You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

A major part of the success of these books is how gripping they are. We wanted to make a book list that showcased the books that made you forget to eat, forget to sleep and forget to pick up your kids from school. This is the list we came up with.

6 Gripping Page turners You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

1. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

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Don’t hate us for including this one. If you haven’t read it, you must do before watching the movie. In fact, give the movie a miss. Its pointless and the book is far better. There’s no denying its success and Dan Brown will keep you turning those pages until there are no more pages to turn.

2. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

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Another gripping page turner, The Time Travelers Wife will keep you going just to figure out whats going on. The romantics will enjoy the relationship between the two main characters, and everyone else will enjoy the time travelling storytelling.

3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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A book which tells of the horrors of living under Nazi control, told from the perspective of a young book thief who befriends a Jewish man, before he is sent off to a concentration camp.

4. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

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A phenomenal story told from the perspective of an orphaned and penniless, Jacob Jankowski. He joins the circus for an adventure and an adventure is exactly what he gets, albeit with more danger than he could have anticipated.

5. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

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A beautifully written post apolocalyptic story told from the perspective of a father and son in search of food, warmth and ultimate survival. What they encounter along the way is shocking and an indication of what people will do to survive.

6. Animal Farm – George Orwell

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If like me you were forced to read this in high school and therefore hated it, I urge you to read it again. George Orwell found an incredible way to show how the power structures of the world work, how revolutions come about and how absolute power can corrupt, absolutely.

7 Books That Will Change Your Outlook On Life

7 Books That Will Change Your Outlook On Life

Books That Will Change Your Life

Each one of the books on this list have been recommended countless times as books that can be read over and over again. These are the books that you don’t want to finish because they are so good. By the time you are done, the way you see the world and your life will have changed.

7 Books That Will Change Your Outlook On Life

1. Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit – Daniel Quinn

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It is a general rule that any particular culture can only be understood by someone outside of it – a neutral observer, unaffected by prejudice or indoctrination. This is the reasoning behind Quinn’s choice of a gorilla named Ishmael as the main character of this novel, who conducts a series of dialogues analyzing the whole of civilization itself.

2. The Book Thief  Markus Zusak

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Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids. You’ll want to read it over and over again. Just bring your tissues.

3. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane. His efforts are interrupted one day by the apparition of a little, well, prince, who asks him to draw a sheep. “In the face of an overpowering mystery, you don’t dare disobey,” the narrator recalls. “Absurd as it seemed, a thousand miles from all inhabited regions and in danger of death, I took a scrap of paper and a pen out of my pocket.” And so begins their dialogue, which stretches the narrator’s imagination in all sorts of surprising, childlike directions.

4. Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck

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This is a controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression

They are an unlikely pair: George is “small and quick and dark of face”; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a “family,” clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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This book is about a teenage boy named Charlie who writes letters to an unknown person. They are random letters about his life and what he is experiencing. He talks about a lot of things that teenagers experience today. This book confronts experiences with alcohol, drugs, sex, relationships, homosexuality, and lessons that many people don’t want to talk about; lessons about living life while you can, lessons that every teenager has experienced.

6. The Alchemist – Paulo Coehlo

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These are lessons that we all know in our hearts, but that we forget as we get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of our material lives. Lessons about listening to our hearts and following our dreams. Lessons about living in the moment, the transient nature of possessions and the illusion that we can even “possess” something to begin with. Lessons about freeing ourselves from fear and about understanding our lives as part of the energy of the Universe and understanding that everything will work out the way it was intended to. This book will undoubtedly change your outlook on life.

7. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

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Cloud Atlas is a series of six interlocked tales – encompassing a wide array of eras, locales, and genres -in which the protagonist in each story is impacted in some significant manner by the tale told in the preceding section. A very unique and beautiful piece of literature.

7 Best Books To Read In One Sitting

7 Best Books To Read In One Sitting

A book doesn’t have to take months to finish like the colossus War and Peace or even The Count of Monte Cristo. Some books just can’t be put down and this list is about those books. So call you family and friends and tell them you’re going awol for a while.

7 Best Books To Read In One Sitting

1. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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You won’t be able to put this down after the first few pages get you hooked. Suzanne Collins narrative here has an immediacy to it that, when combined with the very dramatic life-or-death plot, is incredibly compelling. It’s entertaining, and incredibly disturbing all at once.

2. I Am Legend – Richard Matheson

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I am Legend is arguably the greatest short horror novel ever written, and its influence on the horror genre has been profound. Stephen King and many other of today’s masters rank this book highly in their personal top ten lists of favorites. It is a short novel that can be read in one sitting; it is hard to put down, building in intensity from start to finish. Matheson creates an entirely new type of vampire fiction herein.

3. The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One – Patrick Rothfuss

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This is the kind of novel that fantasy readers dream of reading. It’s the kind of novel would-be writers dream of writing. Excellent writing, deeply complex characters, careful revelations and wonderful plot twists.

4. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War – Max Brooks

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World War Z is a fictional account of a worldwide outbreak of the living dead in the near future and judging from some of the descriptions of places and events in the beginning of the book it won’t be too far in the future. It had absolutely nothing to do with the mediocre movie.

5. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

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This is the story of a two lonely and alienated men who work as farm laborers, drifting from job to job in California. Lennie is gentle giant, physically strong but mentally retarded. George guides and protects Lennie but also depends on him for companionship. Together, they have a dream to someday buy a little farm where they can grow crops and raise rabbits and live happily ever after. The fact that it’s a short book and it’s a very good story make it a great, quick read.

6. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

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This sophisticated but crude novel is the story of man’s eternal desire for perennial youth, of our vanity and frivolity, of the dangers of messing with the laws of life. When Dorian’s angelic face is captured flawlessly in paint he wishes that it was the painting which would age and that he could stay forever the same, which it does, leading to a series of tragic events.

7. The Book Thief  Markus Zusak

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Liesel Meminger is a Book Thief, living with a foster family in Germany during World War Two. Torn from everything she’s known, her foster father shows her the power of words as the two of them share late night reading sessions of The Grave Digger’s Handbook. Her love of books ties her to others, including the mayor’s wife and Max, the Jew the family hides in the basement.

7 Books With The Best Plot Twists And Surprise Endings Ever Written

7 Books With The Best Plot Twists And Surprise Endings Ever Written

Plot Twists and Surprise Endings

Below are the best books that will blow your mind with a plot twist. These surprise endings will change the meaning of the entire story and force you to rethink everything you thought was real. These books will blow your mind and you’ll have to read the book again to actually understand it.

7 Books With The Best Plot Twists And Surprise Endings Ever Written

1. Fight Club: A Novel –  Chuck Palahniuk

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Fight Club is the story of an unnamed narrator, an insomniac yuppie who spends his days helping insurance companies get out of having to pay their claims. He wanders through a meaningless life until he discovers the emotional release of attending therapy groups for people suffering from various deadly diseases. He meets Tyler Durden around this time and it’s Tyler who introduces him to the concept of fighting…

2. Shutter Island – Dennis Lehane

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Fear, obsession, paranoia…Dennis Lehane’s “Shutter Island” is the stuff nightmares are made of. It’s noir psychological suspense at its finest. An isolated island, a raging hurricane, a locked room, secret codes, a mental hospital, rumors of mysterious medical experiments frame the story. It is a scary, deceptive, disorienting, complex story grounded in the reality of the times…cold war USA in 1954.

3. Gone Girl: A Novel – Gillian Flynn

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Amy and Nick are married for five years, but there is not much harmony left. All of a sudden, Amy is missing. And from there, a more and more surprising and devious plot develops, cleverly and elegantly put together by a very talented writer.

4. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None should be very close to the top of any mystery fan’s “must read list.” The novel concerns a group of ten previously unacquainted people who are lured via various pretexts to Indian Island, a resort home off the coast of Devon–and are promptly accused by their unseen host of having escaped punishment for past crimes. Cut off from the world and fighting rising panic, they scramble to unmask the killer even as their number is reduced in macabre accordance with the “Ten Little Indians” nursery rhyme displayed in rooms throughout the house.

5. Atonement – Ian Mcewan

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McEwan invites you into an English world that you will smell, hear, feel, and taste – fully engaging your mind and emotions. The family has money and servants but this is nothing you’ve seen on television or the movies. The story is told with discipline and control, and from several points of view. The ending totally plays with your mind.

6. Tell No One – Harlan Coben

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Harlan Coben, the author known for his series about the sports agent Myron Bolitar, has crafted a thriller in his book Tell No One. In this stand alone title, Coben takes his readers on the ride of a lifetime. David Beck, once married to Elizabeth, has finally rebuilt his life since the kidnapping, disappearance and assumed death of his wife several years before. Now, a respected doctor with a practice in New York, David finds himself experiencing some strange events which lead him to wonder if Elizabeth could still be alive.

7. The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy

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James Ellroy’s  “The Black Dahlia” is almost too dark, too gripping and too believable. It stands out among a crowd of mysteries as simply a great novel. Black Dahlia is a crime thriller based upon a famous case in the 1940’s. A Hollywood starlet named Elizabeth Short was found dead and hideously mutilated in a vacant lot. This case was never solved but has fascinated criminal investigators and the public ever since.

Best Books List: 6 Best Books of 2013

Best Books List: 6 Best Books of 2013

2013 was a phenomenal year for books, with over 620 million printed books sold alone. The best books of 2013 list has been compiled by taking into account the number of sales as well as public and critical reviews.

6 Best Books of 2013

1. The Goldfinch: A Novel  Donna Tartt

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This book  is a tragically beautiful  story, and like poetry in its descriptions.

2. And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

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This novel begins in 1952 as a father recites a bed time story to his young son and daughter during an overnight trek across the Afghanistan desert on their way to Kabul. The tale, we soon learn, tells the truth of the father’s journey for desperate to provide for his new wife and growing family

3. Life After Life: A Novel – Kate Atkinson

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This book is set during the first half of the 20th century in Britain, against the backdrop of enormous social and political change, fate twists capriciously for one girl born on a snowy evening in February, 1910.

4. The Son – Philipp Meyer

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The Son is an absorbing family saga that echoes through time and crosses cultures to chronicle the life and legacy of fictional patriarch Colonel Eli McCullough, the first male child born in the new Republic of Texas on March 2, 1836.

5. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

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Set in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny and sad, sarcastic and sincere, and above all geeky. The title characters are both 16-year-old misfits in their working-class Omaha neighborhood.

6. The Interestings: A Novel – Meg Wolitzer

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You get six bright teenagers — an artist, a dancer, a musician, two actors, and a writer — at a summer camp for the arts who gather together in a teepee one night and swear to be friends for ever, and they call themselves  “The Interestings”.

Top 5 Best Dystopian Novels Ever Written

Top 5 Best Dystopian Novels Ever Written

Best Dystopian Novels

Below are the Best Dystopian Novels and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction books ever written, ranked based on customer ratings and international sales numbers. If we missed your favourite novel, let us know in the comments below.

Top 5 Best Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Novels Ever Written

1. 1984 – George Orwell

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Orwell tried to depict a totalitarian state, where the truth didn’t exist as such, but was merely what the “Big Brother” said it was. Freedom was only total obedience to the Party, and love an alien concept, unless it was love for the Party. A terrifying glimpse into the future that could be, or already is.

2. The Giver – Lois Lowry

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Jonas lives in a “perfect” world where war, disease, and suffering have all been eradicated. Everything is in order; everything is under control. The people have no worries or cares. The Community strives for “sameness,” in which everyone and everything are the same and equal. To help the Community function as a cohesive unit, each member is assigned a position in society. When Jonas turns twelve, the Community selects him to be the new “Receiver of Memories.” Only the “Giver” knows the truth and memories of the past, and now he must pass these memories on to Jonas.

3. Brave New World- Aldous Huxley

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The book takes place on a future Earth where human beings are mass-produced and conditioned for lives in a rigid caste system. As the story progresses, we learn some of the disturbing secrets that lie underneath the bright, shiny facade of this highly-ordered world.

4. Fahrenheit 451: A Novel – Ray Bradbury

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In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don’t put out fires–they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury’s vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal–a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad.

5. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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Lord of the Flies is a 1954 dystopian novel by Nobel Prize winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results.