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What are the "it" books, in 2016?
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If I had to guess...

Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I can't remember
Norwegian Wood, Huraki Murakami
City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg


Deposed in the last 5 years...

Dark Tower books, Stephen King
House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski


There are frequently 5 or 6 books, that people rush out and buy in droves, because their friend / tabloid / some asshole on the internet told them to, and the books sell millions. I'm not saying these books are neccesarily bad, but it's weird how people latch on so strongly to such a small number of books, at any given time. Usually the people who don't read, of course.
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i-is this b8? i can't even tell anymore
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>>7637760

Instead of trolling, post why you think it's wrong (although you probably agree).
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>>7637771
uhm, well, infinite jest, norwegian wood, and wallflower are all very "played out" already...hardly new and exciting "it" books for 2016...
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>>7637771
How can you say IJ is an IT book of 2016. No one buys it but a minority of gullible, tasteless plebs. Norwegian Wood and the Perks of being a wallflower are old old news.

If you want real IT books:

Brief History of Seven Killings
all the light we cannot see
A little Life
a Franzen book or two

Not that I like or want to read those but be realistic.
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Probably /The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing/, by Marie Kondo, OP.
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>>7637781

Don't people read Infinite Jest a lot, still? Aren't girls still obsessed with the hackery known as Norwegian Wood?

TBQH, I've been out of touch with the literary community, for about 2 years. I still read a lot, but haven't had much contact with readers for a while. Am I wrong? Is Infinite Jest now really unpopular? Do people dislike Norwegian Wood?
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>>7637787
I'm not going to read any of those books.
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Infinite Jest
Gravity's Rainbow
Ulysses
Moby Dick
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>>7637796
>my choice determines cultural trends
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The Book of Disquiet
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>>7637846
I wish it did...
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>>7637796
no one cares
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>>7637858
Your mother does.
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>>7637787
Don't forget about Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen.
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>>7637758
you forgot the "sh"
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>>7637787

I've been hearing about Brief History of Seven Killings, is it that popular? And yeah, Purity.
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>>7637873
True I did forget about that, and intend to read it.

>>7637917
Brief History is blowing up, and there are rumblings about an HBO series with. It was a NYT bestseller even though it is gruesomely violent
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>>7637941
If there's an HBO series then it DEFinitely isn't worth reading.
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>>7637958
Its a great book, very much like Scarface in patois. But I honestly couldnt give a fuck if you read it or not.
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>>7637917
>>7637941
>>7637958
>>7637964

>No-one mentions it won the Man Booker prize

This board is trash
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>>7637977
Because we all dont feel the need to state the obvious. If it didnt win the Man Booker it would still have been a great book, and the Man Booker has gone to terrible books in the past.
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>>7637980

Well, he/you felt the need to ask if a book that won the Man Booker prize is popular. That's pretty dumb.
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>>7637985
2014 winner was The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Flanagan. The only one on the shortlist Ive heard of is The Lives of Others, but thats because there was a movie of the same name.

I had to look that up. Man Booker =/= Popularity or even relevance
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>>7637873
Literally nobody cares about this
The shilling failed
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>>7637758
Why do I see this pic posted so often? Is there some story behind it?
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>>7637758
I work in a bookstore

The actual IT books of 2016 so far are:

-The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
-Mindfulness Coloring Book (all adult coloring books here as well)
-Between The World and Me
-When Breath Becomes Air
-The Ferrante Series (The Neopolitan novels)

There are a few more but then it becomes less clear

Biref History of Seven Killings is not one. It is already losing its hype from the late 2015 quarter, just like All the Light We Cannot See. Both still sell well but not that well.
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>>7637999
What /lit/ tier books do well? Or is it all momcore
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>>7637977
ishiguro and atwood have won the man booker, it's not the end all system of finding new good books
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>>7638009
It is hard to judge because of the location of my store. 99% of customers are very old white women, so momcore is going to dominate.

That being said we have a staff recommendation table that I oversee and I make sure to get as many good books on there that I can as long as they can sell somewhat.

The only one I can think of that actually sells well compared to the others I listed is Dante's Divine Comedy. I have no fucking clue why but for 2-3 weeks we had 10 or 15 people asking us for it out of nowhere, and some even asking for specific translations. Felt good man.

Classics that sell ok:
-Dubliners
-Franny and Zooey
-The Sun Also Rises
-Illiad (the new translation that just came out specifically)
-Man in the High Castle (because of the tv series and I know this isn't really a classic but still)
-Shakespeare (we have a special display for him so he does ok)

That's what I can think of. But honestly, children's book and YA books sell more than these. All there of these don't even compare to fiction that just came out or had some event associated with it. ANYTHING talked about on NPR jumps up.
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>>7638028
>implying ishiguro is bad

wew lad
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>>7637999
>>7638032
Oh and I forgot Hamilton, that new biography that the musical is based on.

People couldn't stop buying it for awhile and now it is starting to die down. I'm not sure if that is the end of the hype but if it comes back just a bit it will be selling pretty well.
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>>7637999
>Coloring Book
Gonna need some details, Mr Trips.
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>>7638051
Coloring books for adult are _huge_ these days. Half of the amazon top selling books are coloring books.

Don't you love the future?
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>>7638051
Oh no. No. You don't know? You don't know the true horror of modern literature.

People don't buy books anymore anon. No

They buy Adult Coloring Books. MINDFULNESS. HARRY POTTER. GAME OF THRONES. WHATEVER YOU WANT.

http://www.amazon.com/best-sellers-books-Amazon/zgbs/books

"Oh I know this is silly, but at my age why not huehuehue"
"Oh I am so glad this has become a thing huehuehue"
"Well I used to love them as a kid so I thought why note huehue"
"I swear this is my first time huehuehue"

In my store we have an entire column, an entire bookshelf, AND two displays set up for these things.

We moved the children's coloring books into the displays with the adults and no one noticed.
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>>7638033
>Implying the Buried Giant has changed the world of lit.
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>>7638149
who said it did? wtf?

>implying intensifies
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>>7638074
I confess I bought this
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>>7638074
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>>7638160
>John Green

The bait is strunk with this one
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>>7638149
give it time
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>>7638160
>>7638174
Still anon from the bookstore

I have a soft spot for this one. It looks nice.
http://www.amazon.com/Fantastic-Cities-Coloring-Amazing-Imagined/dp/1452149577

Would never buy it though
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>>7638051
Honestly coloring books are pretty fun and if you handed me one right now I could imagine myself spending some quality time coloring images will drinking tea and maybe watching something in the background

In The End of the Tour they should have cast pic related as DFW

>>7638182
This one seems kind of shitty in the way it's specifically aimed at grown ups

>>7638160
This seems fun, I would totally color some knights
It says "John Green" though so I wouldn't ever buy it

Generally I don't see myself actively purchasing a coloring book, but if I just happened to find one I really wouldn't mind coloring some knights
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>>7638203
quality post
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Open City by Teju Cole
A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
maybe that long thing that came out last year by that Jewish DFW type guy but it looked shitty

there's arguably more "it" nonfiction -
Capital in the 21st Century by Piketty
Debt by David Graeber
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
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>>7637999
oh yeah Ferrante for sure as well

she's actually hilarious and fucking vicious, I wonder why she doesn't get discussed on /lit/ at all (just kidding I don't wonder that)
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>>7638382
Because I haven't read her yet.
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>>7638382
Probablyb ecause you don't actually read the board, retard. I've seen a few threads
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"City on Fire" was a monumental publishing disaster. Google "City on Fire" and "sales." The publishers paid Hallberg $2 million dollars and the book just sunk in sales. Read the reviews on Amazon. It's now around #5000 in books, horrible. The NY Post called its review "A Steaming Pile of Literary Dung." NY Magazine ripped the author a new asshole. Hallberg can enjoy his $2 million but after this 1000-page bomb, he'll be lucky to get a $40,000 advance for his next book.
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>>7637758
those pictures aren't allowed here. oh my god this isn't /hc/
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>>7638074
>We moved the children's coloring books into the displays with the adults and no one noticed.
Somehow this doesn't surprise me. At all.
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>>7637808
Awww shit, is Moby Dick now officially /lit/-core? Such a fine book ought not be memed all over the place.
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