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ahef1963 - Allie's thread for 2018

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1ahef1963
Jan 7, 2:07am Top

Hello. I'm Allie, live in Ontario, Canada. I'm divorced, the proud mother of three grown children and two cats, am employed in a call centre, and have been a bibliophile since early childhood. I tend to read somewhere between 50 and 100 books a year, so this seemed like a good group to join.

Crime fiction is my favourite genre. I'm particularly keen on Scandinavian noir, am going to be reading my way through the works of Camilla Lackberg this year, and will be acquiring her novels as I can afford them. I am very much a book-buyer; it is the one luxury I allow myself. (And pajamas. I can never have too many sets of pajamas.) I am trying to catch up with all the classic fiction I've missed in the past, I try to keep on top of books that have won major literary awards, and I'm also working my way through classic science fiction novels, as I just don't know enough about the genre. I read a little non-fiction, carefully selected, generally in the fields of biography, adventure/exploration, or language/linguistics.

2ahef1963
Edited: Jan 7, 2:10am Top

I've read one book so far this year, and I don't know how anything in 2018 is going to top it, as A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is one of the finest books I've read in my life, and I'm pretty old. I will review it tomorrow, I'm getting sleepy now. At present I've just begun reading Rules of Civility, also by Amor Towles, and am about halfway through In The Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent.

3PersephonesLibrary
Edited: Jan 8, 1:51pm Top

Hi Aliie! Oh, I have seen A Gentleman in Moscow and I really want to read it. Now, I want to read it ever sooner. I am looking forward to your review!

4drneutron
Jan 7, 8:53am Top

Welcome! A Gentleman in Moscow has been getting rave reviews around here, so you’ve got lots of company in your appreciation. 😀

5BLBera
Jan 7, 10:45am Top

Happy New Year, Allie. Our book club is going to read A Gentleman in Moscow this year, and I have heard only good things about it. What a great start to your reading year.

6thornton37814
Jan 8, 11:37am Top

Happy 2018 reading!

7PaulCranswick
Jan 8, 1:23pm Top



Happy New Year
Happy New Group here
This place is full of friends
I hope it never ends
It brew of erudition and good cheer.

8ahef1963
Edited: Jan 11, 7:51pm Top

Here's my review for A Gentleman in Moscow:

It is 1922 in Moscow, and Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is condemned, for the crime of aristocratic purposelessness, to spend the remainder of his days within the walls of the Hotel Metropol, which sits across the street from the Kremlin. If he leaves the hotel, he will be shot. Consigned to a small attic room without even a fine view, stripped of the majority of his possessions, his glittering social life, his much-loved library, and his freedom, Count Rostov soon becomes bored of confinement and makes a desperate mental decision.

The count is not doomed to die of boredom. When too much time on his hands leads him to despair, he is rescued by new friends, hotel residents and staff, who open his eyes to the many possibilities within the hotel. He learns its every inch, its back stairs, its cellars, its kitchens. He forms alliances with small girls, a film star, an American businessman, the hotel chefs, bar staff and front desk clerks, and his days become full, his life once again full of purpose, his role an important one in the small world of the hotel. The book transcends decades, and the changes in the hotel reflect the great movements of politics, trade, and wars in which the world is engaged.

I absolutely loved this book. Amor Towles' fine, smooth prose elegantly traced the count's history, his knowledge of international relations gave the book a strong historical background, and his good humour made the book endlessly amusing and uplifting. It saddens me that it is going to be all downhill from here in 2018, as I can't imagine that any book will come along this year and knock this out of first place. It was a delight from start to finish, and I was grievously sorry when it ended. Five very well-deserved stars, and the warmest of recommendations for anyone needing diversion and a wonderful story.

9ahef1963
Jan 12, 3:01am Top

>3 PersephonesLibrary: It is so worth the price of admission! It was an absolute delight to read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

10ahef1963
Jan 12, 3:02am Top

>4 drneutron: Yes, everyone is really keen on it, which is why I purchased it in the first place. Excellent book.

11ahef1963
Jan 12, 3:03am Top

>5 BLBera: Happy New Year to you too! Your book club will adore the novel; it is so beautifully written with truly memorable characters. Enjoy!

12ahef1963
Jan 12, 3:03am Top

>6 thornton37814: And to you!

13ahef1963
Jan 12, 3:05am Top

>7 PaulCranswick:

Thank you for the wishes
And for a year's worth of good books
Of friends may there be plenty
of bookworms, nuts, and kooks.

14ahef1963
Jan 12, 3:08am Top

I'm invalided off work until next week, and I thought I would recuperate with lots of time to read, but alas, I can't concentrate on anything for more than a chapter. I am sort of reading In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent, and re-reading The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, as I had hoped its humour value would catch my attention. I was wrong.

15nhlsecord
Jan 13, 9:32pm Top

Hi Allie, I also live in Ontario and I loved A Gentleman in Moscow too. It's obvious that the author loves people, faults and all.

16ronincats
Jan 13, 10:01pm Top

>8 ahef1963: My timing was much better--it was my final book of 2017 and I loved it too.

17PersephonesLibrary
Jan 14, 5:27am Top

There goes my resolution to not piling up books tbr in the usual pace (which was quick and led to very high piles). Happy Sunday, Allie!

18PaulCranswick
Jan 14, 9:11am Top

>13 ahef1963: I think you'll find all of those here!

Have a great Sunday, Allie and I hope you are feeling better long before the end of it.

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