Rating of the best books, bestsellers
There was a time when Russia was called one of the most reading countries. What exactly do the inhabitants of the Russian Federation read, what books do they like and buy? Answering this question, RBC experts studied the sales statistics of the largest publishing houses in the country. As a result, they chose best books , reader ratings ensured they hit the top bestsellers of the year.
10. Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for best book in 2014. The story of a thirteen-year-old teenager begins under tragic circumstances – due to an explosion in the New York Museum of Art, his mother dies, and he himself, in a state of shock, grabs a picture of one of Rembrandt's students from the wall and runs out of the building. The traditional "novel about education" in the new conditions, where crime and devotion to art coexist.
9. James Dashner, The Maze Runner
One of the representatives of the popular "with them" direction of young adult – new books in 2015 for a youth audience. Imagine an ever-changing labyrinth where monsters live in darkness, and in the center of it, a high-walled valley where memoryless teenagers awaken and live. Interesting? That's it.
8. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
An eternally beautiful and eternally young classic that everyone should read. Perhaps the surge in popularity was caused by the news of the discovery of the second book of the bestseller "Go Set a Watchman", published in the middle of the year.
7. George Orwell, "1984"
A gloomy dystopia about a totalitarian future, where poverty coexists with hypocrisy, and thoughts can be imprisoned.
6. Jojo Moyes, Me Before You
After losing her job at the cafe, Louise is looking for a new livelihood – after all, the whole family depends on her ability to earn money. After applying to the local employment center, she is offered to take care of a completely paralyzed person ... A story about finding oneself with a romantic touch.
5. Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro 2035
Sequel to Metro 2033 and Metro 2034 (it's safe to say what the fourth book will be called). A grim story about the Moscow metro, which became inhabited after a nuclear war, where the surviving humanity took refuge. Muscovites can now look after themselves a cozy corner.
4. John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
This popular book broke the sales record in America in 2012 and appeared on movie screens as early as 2014. A touching story about young people suffering from cancer who found each other on the verge of death. Along the way, there is a drunken misanthrope writer who, against the background of death and childish feelings, realizes and repents.
3. Andy Weier, The Martian
A mixture of good old sci-fi and survival literature, now anyone caught in a sandstorm on Mars will know what to do. Certainly the recently released blockbuster of the same name by Ridley Scott had an impact on sales.
2. Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram
The writer himself lived a long and turbulent life – he was a heroin addict, robbed banks, threatening with a toy gun, was caught, received 19 years in prison, escaped two years later and flew to India, where he lived for ten years. Contacted the criminal world, was a drug courier, was again caught and served six years. In the end, he returned to India again, where he became president of a charitable foundation. Shantaram is an autobiographical work, partly written during the author's stay in an Australian prison. Although the best book came out five years ago, it continues to enjoy steady popularity in the Russian market.
1. Boris Akunin, Planet Water
• Leads the reader's rating of books. 56-year-old, but still cheerful Erast Petrovich Fandorin descends to the bottom of the sea, looking for a maniac on the tropical islands of the Atlantic, wanders around the Zavolzhsky province, and investigates a train robbery against the backdrop of the specter of communism walking across Europe. Fantasy about Russia-which-we-lost is still popularly loved.