Wishing all club members a very happy and prosperous 2011. May the book worms eat, love and make merry. Cheers!

Celebrations galore at the club on New Year! For one thing we have our own Facebook community now. And to top it up, we have our very own Twitter page that allows you to chirp away on your favorite books, recent reads and what not! Don't forget to join in with your expert opinion at the links below:

Now for our monthy dose of literature-
As mentioned in the last issue, we shall now begin a new series on the 10 most successful fiction authors of the last decade. The authors we intend to cover in the coming few issues are:
  • Stephen King
  • John Grisham
  • J K Rowling
  • J R R Tolkien
  • James Patterson
  • Dan Brown
  • James Herbert
  • Stephenie Meyer
  • Stieg Larsson
  • Nicholas Sparks
Of course Tolkien and Larsson have both passed away some time back, nevertheless, their works have often featured in best seller lists in the past decade. It is definitely worth its while to acquaint ourselves with the masterpieces of these super successful writers. In this issue let's talk about Nicholas Sparks.

Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas-SparksThis romantic fiction writer was born with no silver spoon. In fact he made it big only after trying a hand at many paltry jobs including waiting tables, selling pharmaceuticals and real estate appraisal. His first best seller was The Notebook, published in 1996. Since then the author has gone on to write 17 novels of which 6 have already been adapted into film. The 6 novels that have been adapted into film are Message in a Bottle (1999), A Walk to Remember (2002), The Notebook (2004), Nights in Rodanthe (2008), Dear John (2010), and The Last Song (2010). Two more of his novels are expected to be released as films soon. True Believer is expected to be released in 2011 and The Lucky One in 2012.

As mentioned earlier, all his works are romantic pieces of fiction. They have not received much critical acclaim but the masses have loved his stories. Sparks' books have been translated in multiple languages and have featured in best seller lists for several weeks at a time. Sparks does draw on real life experiences for some of his plots.

Book Review Circle gossip

ten dollars This author is so rich that he has been mentioned a number of times in the internet for charity. His most notable charitable donations include:
  • Donating a track to New Bern High School
  • Funding scholarships, internships, fellowships at the University of Notre Dame
  • Donating close to $10 million to start a Christian school, The Epiphany, which emphasizes travel and life long learning!

…..to be able to donate $10 million to charity how much would you have to earn, I wonder?

Book Review Circle suggested read:

The Notebook- The novel that changed Nicholas Sparks' life forever

Book Review Circle Quiz:

See if you know answers to the following
  1. Nicholas Sparks wrote 2 unpublished novels before writing The Notebook. Which were they?
  2. Sparks' religion has played a huge role in forming his writing philosophy. What is his religion?
  3. What is the nationality of Nicholas Sparks?


  1. The Passing and The Royal Murders
  2. Roman Catholic
  3. American
Do write in to me at feedback@book-review-circle.com with your comments, updates and suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you.

Ok. I will leave you to munch on that.

Happy reading till we meet again.