There have been a lot of good book releases this year that have had its fair share of buzz and have been discussed in length among literary circles. Here is a quick roundup of those new books in 2013 that have been read extensively this year – so far.
1. Inferno by Dan Brown
Par for the course when reading a Dan Brown novel, this book features a mix of allusions to church-issues and a little bit of literary references. Fans of Dan Brown will surely enjoy this new outing. Despite the trail of implausible plot twists and scientific jargon mentioned in the story, this book still takes its reader on a roller-coaster ride of thrill and spills.
2. All That Is by James Salter
This is the first novel by this literary legend in thirty years – and it was definitely worth the wait. A great introduction to his literary style for those unfamiliar with him and a dazzling cap to a prominent career should this be his last outing as an author; this novel is an old-school type of novel.
3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Great buzz was generated when it was finally revealed that this new book by an unknown author was actually written by none other than J.K. Rowling. Yes, that J.K. Rowling – the one who wrote that series of books about a young wizard. The book was universally acclaimed but hasn’t been doing so well in the sales department – until the big reveal that is.
4. A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
This final instalment in the Wheel of Time series left many fans with a feeling of melancholy. After all, it is not usual to have a 14-part cycle series – a fact that makes Lord of the Rings seem brief. Based on the sales records, it seems like the fans of the series came out in droves to support this final outing to a lengthy series.
5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
By the response it has been getting, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is an excellent outing by an author that is most probably the most adored living writer in recent memory. This open expression of love for the author by his fans –borne out of his constant and sincere communication with them – is probably a major factor as to why this book is one of the most read books of the year.