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I did a reading challenge this year where I had to read a book that fell under a certain theme each month, so what I've read this year has varied a little- have read more biographies this year and a few titles that are not what I normally read. Books I read this year and liked: The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee More Fool Me by Stephen Fry Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett The Last Days of Jeanne d'Arc by Ali Alizadeh China Rich Girlfriend & Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan This selection probably sums up my tastes pretty well - historical novels, Japanese literature, a little bit of fantasy, biography and the odd bestseller. Last year for SantaThing I was given three books: Ben Hur (the novel that the 1959 epic film was based on), Unbroken (a biography of a WW2 soldier that was also recently adapted for film) and Something Rotten (the next book in the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde). At the time of writing this, I have to admit I haven't read any of these yet which is a bit naughty, but they are in my pile to read and I will get to them!
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No romances, airport novels (crime/thriller), horror, war or true crime please! Not a big fan of door stopper books either (600+ pages) as I do carry my books around with me and very heavy ones are a bit of a pain to lug around.
normandie_m's Secret Santa is waynegjr. Help waynegjr pick the right book.
waynegjr: Happy SantaThing!
I hope you like my selections, I've read and truly love all three of these. It looks like from your profile that you are a former bookseller. I myself manage a bookstore, and you can take comfort in the fact that I sell these to people all the time, and have only heard positive things back.
1. The Book of Hidden Things. This is my pick from this year. The back of the book says that it is Neil Gaiman meets Donna Tartt, which is pretty darn accurate. It is fun, and interesting with just a tinge of fantasy, and man, is it compulsively readable. It seems like you enjoy Gaiman, and with you interest in light fantasy, this should be right up your alley. The author is Italian and this is his first book written in English, I can't wait for more.
2. Gilead. This is my all time favorite book. I've read it more times than I can count and am in awe of the writing skill on display here. The rest of my top five books of all time are: Crime and Punishment, Anna Karenina, Jane Eyre, and The End of the Affair. So that should give you an idea of the company in which I place this writer. I thought you, with your interest in religion and literary fiction you might find this book as fascinating as I did. Bit of a warning, it is not the most plot based fiction out there, a lot of it is the thoughts and reminiscences of an old man at the end of his life, and reads as such. If you like it, everything else by it's author is brilliant, she wrote four other novels and at least as many books of essays.
3. The Just City. This is a weird one, but I love it so, and you look like you've studied the ancient classics, so I thought you might want to give it a try. The plot is that the goddess Athena pulls a bunch of people out of different time periods that have prayed to her in order to start Plato's Republic. Apollo places himself in a human body and attends as a student, and eventually Socrates himself shows up, and things happen from there. The Author really knows her Plato and has a lot of fun asking really interesting questions all through the novel without ever loosing the character focus. If you like it, there's two more in the series that just get crazier and more interesting, but this one stands alone pretty darn well.
Sorry for the long winded note. I hope you really enjoy the books!
-Wayne Giacalone (Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:14:47 -0500)
lorannen: Done. (Sun, 09 Dec 2018 19:08:05 -0500)
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