Perhaps one of the main challenges for literary fans serves the knowledge of the latest novelties in this field. Below, there is a list of some of the most popular book club publications published in the last decade. Here you can see various genres, from author’s memoirs to futurology. In general, everyone will find the title in accordance with their preferences.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)
We deal with, in truth, a passionate novel with a post-apoptotic plot. The author describes a journey of the father and son across American territory. The earth is so devastated that they see nothing but ashes. Heroes move toward the coast, hoping to find salvation there. They have only an old pistol, clothes and a cart with rags.
A key image here is the road as the embodiment of a wandering soul. Cormac depicts a hopeless world where close people can warm each other. Such individuals are able to withstand a desperate act, even in conditions of total emptiness.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)
The writer has opened a veil over the world of her own searches, changing countries and getting acquainted with new people. She escaped from the familiar environment to breathe life full. Elizabeth had almost everything as American woman wanted. She lived in a country house, with loved husband, and built a successful career. But instead of that feeling of happiness, our litterateur felt doubts and fear.
This book tells how to overestimate the components of external well-being and pay attention to one’s inner world. The author tried to study all nuances of her nature, having learned culinary pleasure in Italy, spiritual insight in India and divine faith on the island of Bali.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2006)
This bestseller is dedicated to the unique ability of books to satiate our soul and mind. Events unfold in Nazi Germany, where death is everywhere. The main character, Liesel Meminger, occupies a precarious position of an adoptive daughter. In appearance, she is no different from other schoolchildren, but she steals books, saving them from the fire. The girl risks her own life for the sake of preserving printed publications.
Her stepfather teaches her to read, while she shares stolen “goods” with neighbors and a Jewish captive hiding in their basement. The penman gave us one of the most beautiful stories, filled with both simplicity and depth.
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (2007)
Exactly 19 minutes you can spend on mowing grass on the lawn, repainting hair or watching a third of a football match. If you really try, then after 19 minutes you may finish a cake or fill the tooth. 19 minutes is enough to save or destroy the planet. After 19 minutes you could forgive or take revenge on the offender.
The writer depicts a small city, whose serenity is violated after the commission of a crime. Residents strive not only to achieve justice, but also to assess their role in the tragedy that occurred. Truth and lies are intermixed, families are destroyed and friends are lost. Perhaps, before us is one of the most controversial and honest compositions of Jodi Picoult. She tries to find answers to difficult questions, inviting readers to join her.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007)
103 weeks is exactly the time the mentioned novel held in the first positions. A beautiful syllable, an exciting plot and an elusive spirituality are its dominant features. The main personages, Mariam and Leila, belong to different generations and adhere to diverse views on love and family.
Their fate cannot be called easy. They survived a war and the losses, which binds them with invisible ties of sisterhood. The author vividly describes how the mother’s love can lead to truly heroic acts of self-sacrifice. Before us unfolds a heartbreaking story of friendship, truth and time.
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory (2009)
The penman portrays Elizabeth Woodville as a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition. Once, in the forest, she captures the attention of the crowned King Edward IV and secretly marries him. True, she does not fully understand what her madness may turn into the future.
The English court is outraged by such a misalliance, demanding a divorce. But our heroine struggles with all her strength for own family, learning the basics of etiquette. Despite all attempts, her sons become weak-willed pawns in the battle for the throne. Until now, historians are wondering about the lost princes of the London Tower.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (2015)
Rachel’s story begins with the train, which she gets every day to work. It goes through a mime of cozy houses, allowing her to choose a “favorite” one. She follows the married couple that lives there with a secret pleasure, representing their happy life. The heroine envies their seeming perfection, which she does not have.
Rachel lost her husband, the child and turned into an alcoholic. Therefore, when our principal personage sees treason in her beloved home, she decides to help them overcome this tragedy. The girl is so addicted to the investigation of the murder that she herself becomes a participant in the action. It is her forced involvement that leads to the disclosure of own secrets.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (2016)
On the eve of the completion of studies, a neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with cancer of the fourth degree. His life changes abruptly. From a doctor who saves the dying, he himself turns to the verge of death. Paul redefines life, setting priorities. He describes how happy is to just breathe and to realize yourself alive.
Paul Kalanithi died in 2015, leaving behind a book. It is called a guide for everyone who wants to feel own being to the fullest. We meet with an unforgettable revelation about the relationship between a doctor and his patient in one person. The author calls not so much to struggle as to humility. Do not think that he is talking about passivity, rather about an ability to focus on the main thing.
Thus, your attention was presented to a short review of the best-selling literary books of the last decade. Of course, you might not see a lot of publications. This does not mean they are less talented or interesting. The priority is that they give you inspiration and creative impulse.