Nicholas Sparks is an American novelist whose books are based around love, fate, tragedy and Christian fate. He was born in 1965 and is well known due to his best selling books (Nights in Rodante, Dear John and so forth). Some of them were even made into very successful movies.
But Mr. Sparks also happens to be a good person beyond mere writing; he used his well earned money on multiple occasions to give less fortunate folks a fighting chance in life and also contributes to many charities on a regular basis.
He worked in multiple branches before he began to write for living, e.g. pharmaceuticals or even waitressing. His first novels weren’t published (I’m not sure whether he even tried though) and he finally broke through with a collaborative work with an Olympic gold medalist. That was the start of a marvelous journey which so far ended with roughly $80 million in sales and translations to more than 40 languages.
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While currently residing in North Carolina with his wife and 5 children, Nicholas Sparks not only continues to write more magnificent books, but he’s also active in other branches, such as foundation of a private Christian school focused on traveling and long-term learning. Plus, he scores a few bonus points with me because of his partial ancestry in my country, the Czech Republic.
But enough about the author and let’s a look at his bibliography:
- The Notebook – 1996
- Message in a Bottle – 1998
- A Walk to Remember – 1999
- The Rescue – 2000
- A Bend in the Road – 2001
- Nights in Rodanthe – 2002
- The Guardian – 2003
- The Wedding – 2003
- Three Weeks With My Brother – 2004
- True Believer – 2005
- At First Sight – 2006
- The Choice – 2007
- Dear John – 2007
- The Lucky One – 2008
- The Last Song – 2009
- Safe Haven – 2010
- The Best Of Me – 2011
Most of Sparks’ books are fiction except for two pieces:
- Wokini - that’s the one I talked about earlier, his first published work
- Three Weeks With My Brother – I’d like to especially recommend this particular piece of literature, because it’s a really strong story of two last remaining members of a family venturing into the most exotic and mysterious places our planet can offer. Sparks and his brother go through their memories and the book gives a very good and important lesson in the end – enjoy life with all its uncertainties and little things as long as you can and give proper recognition to people who make it possible.
From my point of view, Nicholas Sparks seems to be a great writer and also a great human being. I see so many excuses for a man/woman around me these days that it’s actually a very pleasant surprise to find a well known person who’s not playing some super celebrity and is trying to help the world as much as he can.
And of course, his books are very good and can be read even if you don’t share his religious beliefs (as in my case). Simply put, make some room on your reading list and make sure to read at least one of Sparks’ publications, I promise you won’t regret it.
Thank you for reading!