Wild – Cheryl Strayed
Wild isn’t what I would usually class as “my sort of book”, for no reason other than the fact I don’t often read non-fiction work, and especially not memoirs. In fact, despite the fact that when looking for inspiration of books to read this year someone had suggested it, I had turned my nose up at the idea of it. After seeing, and enjoying, the film, I changed my mind.
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Looking for Alaska – John Green
The last of John Green’s novels that I’ll read this year (Edinburgh City Libraries don’t stock An Abundance of Katherines or Will Grayson, Will Grayson) is coincidentally his first published work, Looking for Alaska, which yet again fails to live up to The Fault in Our Stars.
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The Lost Books of the Odyssey – Zachary Mason
In terms of originality, I think that The Lost Books of the Odyssey is the best example I’ve read so far this year. Obviously, that’s with the caveat that the actual story is about three millennia away from being original. The premise is that the due to the Oral nature of Homer’s epics, the version of the Odyssey that has survived is not necessarily the only version that has survived. This links into a number of ideas I’m particularly fond of, so I was quite excited about the book.
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The Bug – Ellen Ullman
The Bug, which tells of the hunt for a particularly enigmatic computer bug that destroys one life and changes another irrevocably for the better, is a good one, but perhaps not for the reasons that the author wanted.
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The Spinning Heart – Julia Alvarez
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents is an interesting book, not only as a study of a single family’s history as immigrants and political dissidents, but also because it reveals a lot about the Dominican Republic, a country I’ve never really paid much attention to before.
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