The Great American Read

Q&A with Nicholas Sparks

Posted by The Great American Read Editor on

Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook, answers a few questions from The Great American Read:

What’s your favorite way to read? Hardback, paperback, or tablet?
I love new hardback; the weight of the book, the sound the spine makes when you first crack open the book, the scent of pages that are fresh from the printer.  After so many years of reading -- and so many thousands of books -- those qualities still seem to add to the story itself; they serve to remind me that the words that follow have been created with a sense of undefinable magic.

At the same time, obviously, hardbacks are not always available; many of the classics are printed only as paperbacks.  Other times -- on a long trip, for instance -- tablets are more convenient.  In other words, I read in all three formats.

What's one book that didn't make the list of 100 that you would add?
I'm going to go with 3 relatively modern novels:  Presumed Innocent by Scott Turrow, The Firm by John Grisham, and The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy.  Each of these three were not only exceedingly well written, by fabulous authors, but each was new at the time and ushered in styles that could be considered both literary and plot driven.  They are novels I've reread multiple times. 

When you’re in a book store, what section do you gravitate to and why?
I gravitate first to the new fiction section; usually that's followed by a trip to the classics.  I love a wonderful story.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this blog post are solely those of the respondents.

More About Nicholas Sparks:​

Nicholas Sparks  With over 105 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include 14 #1 New York Times bestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Eleven Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures.


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