Favourite Reads 2018 Q1
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With ten days left in the quarter it's time to start thinking about what stood out in your reading for the past three months. What books kept you riveted, still linger in your mind?
Did you discover any new to you authors whose works you will explore further?
Feel free also to warn your fellow readers of any books that stood out as titles to be avoided at all costs.
I read soooooo many good books this quarter! And I am unable to pick one over the other (how does one compare an Ondaatje and a Nicola Barker?
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (2018, Canadian, not out in US until May, haven't reviewed this yet)
West by Carys Davies (2018, due out in April)
The Mountain: Stories by Paul Yoon (2017, US)
Waiting for Tomorrow by Nathacha Appanah (2018, T French, just out now). Remember her previous, The Last Brother?
H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker (2017, UK, not presently out in the US)
The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe by Elaine Showalter (2017, biography)
It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America by David Cay Johnson
Women & Power: A Manifestoby Mary Beard (2017)
Books that stand out:
The Perfect Nanny - Leila Slimani
The Power - Naomi Alderman
White is for Witching - Helen Oyeyemi (a re-read)
So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo
Electoral System Design: The New International IDEA Handbook
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
On the nonfiction front, The autobiography of Malcolm X was an eye-opener for me.
The prefect by Alastair Reynolds was yet another great book in the Revelation Space series. Le ventre de Paris was a very good Zola, and The lifecycle of software objects by Ted Chiang a very touching novella about how we could relate to AIs.
a fornuate life by ab facey
So, my best reads of the quarter, based on what I gave at least 4.5 stars:
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Mathew Sullivan
Non-fiction and Humor:
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Science: Abridged Beyond the Point of Usefulness by Zach Weinersmith
Ray Bradbury : Fahrenheit 451
Margaret Atwood : The Handmaid's Tale
Barbara Demick : Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Sawako Ariyoshi : The Twilight Years
Matthew Lewis : The Monk
Not surprisingly, Politics seems to have crept in more than usual for this group, both in nonfiction and fictional format.
One surprise though is that there is no overlap in favourites, although I know that some of the books mentioned have been discussed by several readers in the last quarter - all part of the wonderful variety that is LT.
What will the second quarter bring?
Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
Sabriel - Garth Nix (a reread and a favorite)
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People - Farahad Zama
The Queen's Thief series - Megan Whalen Turner
Shoe Dog - Phil Knight
A Jane Austen Education - William Deresiewicz
Time Regained by Proust (I finished!)
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley
I've also enjoyed "rereading" Jane Austen on audio and finished Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Pride and Prejudice. Her books work really well on audio.
A lot of good stuff in Q1 for me, not easy to pick out just a few. Quite a bit of what I read was stuff that I expected to enjoy and did — Trollope, Hardy, Zola, Muriel Spark, the new Hollinghurst, the new Fred Vargas, Gehen, ging, gegangen, etc.
The things that took me by surprise in a very good way included
- The good hope by William Heinesen — a wonderful historical novel set in the Faroes in the 17th century
- Muerte Súbita (Sudden death) by Alvaro Enrique — I never thought I’d find myself enjoying a tennis novel!
- El viajero del siglo (Traveller of the century) by Andrés Neuman — fun with German romanticism
It was interesting to get to grips with Wordsworth at last, especially through the excellent biography by Stephen Gill, and also to deal at last with the African backlog on my TBR shelf, including Wole Soyinka, Doris Lessing and the monumentally impossible Mr Myombekere.
My favourites would include two completely different novels for fiction: Doruntine, also known as The Ghost Rider, by Ismail Kadare and Katalin Street, by the new to me Magda Szabó
For good old fashioned plain fun there was La Reine Margot and for non fiction, Winter Sea.
The books not reviewed as yet, although on the whole good, would not make it onto the "favourites" list.
>18 thorold: Glad to see Sudden Death up there!
Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
In Pursuit of Memory: The Fight Against Alzheimer's by Joseph Jebelli
Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss by Jann Arden I have long been a fan of her song writing and musical performances and found this book touching and cathartic.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See - a bit too' happily ever after', but a very interesting look at the Tea industry in China, the one child policies and the 'exporting' of girls for adoption.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - I had put off reading this one and now regret that I took so long to get to it. Atwood is amazing!
Memory Wall: Stories by Anthony Doerr- I can't wait for this author to write more. His work rests in my mind for weeks after reading it. Considering that I always have a new book to get to- that's impressive.
Mémoire de fille by Annie Ernaux
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante
Pelle the Conqueror : Childhood by Martin Andersen Nexø
Histoire mondiale de la France by Patrick Boucheron
Le corps d'exception : Les artifices du pouvoir colonial et la destruction de la vie by Sidi-Mohammed Barkat
>20 SassyLassy: I'm glad other people liked Doruntine and Katalin Street. They're among my favourite novels!
My last quarter favorites:
Improvement by Joan Silber
The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
Brass by Xhenet Aliu
The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat
Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow