In 2012 Oprah’s Book Club got CPR and that’s how Oprah Book Club 2.0 was born. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, much more than just a story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike, was a first book pick for Book Club 2.0. by Oprah, a woman with immense influence on world’s trends, including reading ones.
Most recent choice for Club is Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie with recommendation of Oprah’s quote: Not since Toni Morrison have I read a writer whose words have moved me this way.
The Casual Vacancy was anticipated by both those who loved and hardly enjoyed Harry Potter. All people wanted to see how J.K. Rowling will find herself in adult fiction. The book is out and reviews mainly positive, both in UK and USA:
- Rowling knows how to write a twisty, involving plot....She is clearly a skilled writer (The Huffington Post );
- Rowling has written a grand novel...a very brave book. (The Bookseller (UK) ).
Erotic shock with Fifty Shades Trilogy still lasts. “Mummy porn” got popular not only among mums but women of all age and even some man (approximately 30% according to Bowker research). What’s interesting Fifty Shades books have a grand impact on social life too, surveys revealed that they were bought not only for reading pleasure but also as a reference, study and self-help.
Salman Rushdie and Joseph Anton is the same person - the story of how one became the other can be read in Rushdie’s this year biography titled Joseph Anton, a nickname that he has chosen when he was ‘sentenced to death’ because of The Satanic Verses. The book, as the author, have many faces. From development and collapse of personal relationships, through political and cultural background, to portrait of artist and writer.
This year was full of amazing literary awards winners and nominees. Both finalists of National Book Award: This Is How You Lose Her by Pulitzer prize winner Junot Diaz and The Yellow Birds, debut novel by Kevin Powers, didn’t win the prize but already won in literary world where they are named as magnificent and brilliant. Althought Pulitzer judges haven’t awarded any book, the choice of appreciated reads in great. Let’s just mention National Award winner The Round House by Louise Erdrich, Man Booker prize winner Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel , Hugo Award winner Among Others by John H. Walton, or Gone by Mo Hayder, Edgar Winner (read about more awarded reads here).
YA readers have been offereed a relly great literary feast with John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two Indianapolis teenagers who meet at a Cancer Kid Support Group) which was named damn near genius by The Times Magazine and Rick Riordan's latest adventures of his most famous character, Percy Jackson, and his friends in The Mark of Athena.
Nonfiction in 2012 was also widely talked about: No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by former member of US special forces brought storm in military and political grounds and People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry is a compelling account of the story of a young British woman who was killed and dismembered in Japan in 2000 and ten-year long trial. The Guardian praised the book for being rich in intelligence and insight.