Popular Books Through the Years

When a book is popular it tells us a lot about our society and what the mass interest was like at the time of publication. It is good to know the fluctuation of these titles to predict future popular books, as well as gaining inspiration for stories you might be currently writing. 

Compiled below is one popular title from each year starting with 2000. Let this list provoke questions, thoughts, and ideas of your own. 

Go back in time to see what made them so popular and what idea you might be able to steam from them for your own writing. At the very least, you might find a new favorite book. 

2000 — The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks

2001 — The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen 

2002 — The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

2003 — The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

2004 — The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

2005 — The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

2006 — Marley & Me by John Grogan

2007 — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

2008 — Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

2009 — My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

2010 — The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

2011 — The Help by Kathryn Stockett

2012 — Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

2013 — Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

2014 — The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

2015 — The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins

2016 — Hamilton by Ron Chernow

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Carve into Literature

You can always add a little book inspiration with whatever you do! Including Halloween! Pumpkin carving has always been a must do fall activity in my house and each year we like to spice it up with a creative theme of some sort. This year…book inspired jack o lanterns!

How fun will it be for you to share your favorite stories with others as your pumpkin lights up the night? 

Here are a few of my inspirations taken from a couple of my favorite stories throughout my childhood:

Don’t be afraid to be creative! Come up with your own inspiration through your favorite book or character.

 Feel free to comment your ideas below!

Happy Spooktober!

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Listen While You Work

I am a multitasker. While I may not be good at it most of the time, I enjoy using multiple parts of my brain at once. My new form of multitasking is doing just about anything while listening to an audio book. 

There are so many opportunities throughout the day to incorporate listening to your audio book. Why settle for one when you can have more fun, am I right?

Some of my daily encounters of such multitasking include: getting ready in the morning, going to the gym, cooking dinner and  while I do my nightly scroll through social media. Now I understand, sometimes it is hard to focus your brain on more than one thing at a time, but it is always something you can get used to. You will quickly discover some simple changes that will make the task easier for you

For instance, I found that when listening to my audio book at the gym I had to make sure I had the right headphones. At first I was using some rinky-dink ones where I could hear my surroundings all too much to a point I lost concentration, and they would constantly be falling out. While I do not need complete silence in order to listen I do tend to block out just about everything that I can so I can truly enjoy it, and that tends to work better when they can also stay on my ears. 

For me, I feel like when I listen along with doing other activities It makes me feel more accomplished and self fulfilled. I get to listen to many books and it keeps my ‘must listen to’ list flowing. 

There are other ways to incorporate listening to audiobooks into your daily schedule you just have to find the best times for you!

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Meet the Bloggers

Welcome to The Write Nook!

This is a space where we collaborate on all things writing, reading and publishing. Our hope is that our posts will both inspire and enlighten you on your own journey.

Now it’s time to meet the team!

Hey! I’m Tania! A.K.A. The Independent Variable. You may refer to me as the former rather than later. I enjoy everything vintage and not of my time: Old Hollywood, the Golden Age of piracy, and Parisian fashion from the 1950s. When I’m not drooling over one of the three, I’m usually found with a nose in a book. I’ll try to read anything, but usually choose fiction and thrillers.

 What are you currently reading? The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

you could be a fictional character who would you be? If I were a fictional character, I would be Mazikeen Smith. A devilish character with a soft side? Not much of a change for me!


Morgan is a lover of fashion, beauty and fitness with a keen interest in fantasy and fictional realism. You may find her watching YouTube, a show that mirrors that of the Vampire Diaries or going outside to explore nature.

 What are you currently reading: Ms. Kopp Just Won’t Quit by Amy Stewart 

If you could be a fictional character who would you be?  If she were to be any fictional character, it would be Chris Traeger from Parks and Recreation.


Sophia is a movie loving, Disney fanatic who loves to share random facts and eat late night snacks. I love to write in my journal on my own time just in case I have a Notebook moment and need to remember what I have done. My favorite books to read are historical fiction with an edgy romance and anything World War II.

What are you currently reading? The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

If you could be a fictional character who would you be? Alice from Alice in Wonderland. I am constantly seeking adventure and can be stuck in my own imagination. I often daydream about the future and create stories in my head.

 

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Blushing Language

We all know the writing motto: show, don’t tell.

But don’t we all get overwhelmed when we think we need to show everything? Are there certain categories of showing emotion or a character’s feeling towards something versus telling? Well, you can answer those questions because we’re going to share a quoted post. The original author is MIA but we do want you all to know – it wasn’t our idea. We’re simply adding a bit of input!

How to write ‘they blushed’ without writing ‘they blushed’:

  • They took a step backwards.
  • They shifted their weight from one side to the other.
  • They hid their face in their hands.
  • They shifted their glance to something else in the room, all around the room for that matter.
  • Their eyes widened.
  • They crossed their arms.
  • They leaned into themselves.
  • They scratched the back of their head.
  • Utilize hand motions. When people are nervous or embarrassed, they tend to use their hands to declare their frustration.
  • Quirks! Each character should have their own quirks even before you begin writing. It’s their go-to and displays some of their negative traits sometimes.

 

Foot Traps

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  • This was a weapon used to maim or kill infantry, and/or others not shielded with armor. Caltrops specifically had two or more sharp nails. In the past, caltrops were used against foot troops and cavalry. Today, caltrops are used against wheeled vehicles. We’ve all watched high speed chases!
  • The name of this device if from Latin. The original meaning is “foot-trap.”
  • Caltrops have been used in heraldry. Mainly as charges in the shields!

Top Tier Polearm

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Glaive

  • It is a European polearm. It’s decorated with a single-edged blade at one end of the pole. The blade is similar to that of an axe head – not a straight blade or as curved as cutlasses or swords.
  • Some of the blades were crafted with a small hook somewhere on the blade-end of the pole. Sometimes on the opposite end of the blade. This was used to catch riders. (This is a running theme in our weapons of choice!)
  • The glaive was a highly rated weapon in the polearm class/other hand-to-hand combat weapons of the time. This rating occurred in 1599.

All Aboard!

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Italian Boarding Sword

  • The Italian boarding sword was a tool used by sailors or pirates. When ships collided and one crew needed to get aboard another vessel, this sword was used to cut rope with ease or hack closed doors.
  • Although considered a tool, it was also used as a weapon. It could pierce a victim and the fighting style is very similar to fencing (except with a shorter blade.)
  • We are accustomed to seeing sailors and pirates with curved blades (cutlasses for example) but this particular sword has a straight blade.
  • It is also called a Genoese boarding sword because of a captain who hailed from the Republic of Genoa.

New Just Broke…

We’re going to sum everything up: the APA (Audio Publishers Association) reported the rise in audiobook sales in 2018 being 24.5%!

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According to Publisher’s Weekly, this is a more accurate percentage. It’s accounting for sales receipts rather than estimated sales. Over 91% of audiobook sales are coming from a digital format…we’ve entered the digital age! Kidding, we’ve been living in it for quite some time now!

The more popular genres include general fiction, mysteries/thrillers/suspense, and sci-fi/fantasy. Nonfiction sales have risen and represent 32.7% of units sold in 2018; starting with general nonfiction, history/biography/memoir, and self-help.

The age group dominating a little over 91% of sales are adults. Young adult titles increased by double digits and audiobooks geared for children rose moderately.

Production of audio has risen 5.8% from 2017!

(This report was based on figures from 20 publishers, including all Big 5 houses.)