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    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 1 points ago in 52book

    Any one you'd particularly recommend?

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 2 points ago in 52book

    Who's your favourite female author?

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 1 points ago in 52book

    That one didn't take me too long (Murakami never does) but I cheated a little by counting it in the edition that I read it in (3 separate books).. ;)

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 2 points ago in 52book

    It's definitely a chilling, quite nihilistic read. I read it at the start of the year and it's not too long so I don't remember much from the writing style in itself, I do want to read more from him though as he's such an interesting character in Japanese culture.

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 1 points ago in 52book

    I loved it! Definitely in my top 3 of his books.

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 1 points ago in 52book

    I love Tolstoy as he manages to capture human nature far better than anyone else I've ever read. I find it difficult to put into words, but his characters seem to be moved not just by external goals or temporary heavy emotions, but by a constant very fine interaction of development of the outside and the inside, really quite beautiful. That said I liked Anna Karenina a lot better. Near the end of War and Peace Tolstoy gets increasingly critical of the telling of history in his time and the book is in many ways an essay, whereas Anna Karenina is more of a novel in a pure sense.

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 4 points ago in 52book

    Cheers!

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 2 points ago in 52book

    I haven't! You mention her in the same breath as Zadie Smith though, and I love her books (White Teeth might be my favourite book of all time). Is Didion similar? Which book(s) would you recommend?

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 3 points ago in 52book

    Right back at ya!

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 2 points ago in 52book

    Cheers!

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 4 points ago in 52book

    I just finished those two! Really liked Factfulness, as you can see I don't read too much non-fiction - because I can't get through them/don't relax as much with them as with fiction. He got a little preachy every now and then but overall a good read.

    Also don't read a lot of thrillers but I liked most of Dan Brown's books. I didn't like Origin. It felt extremely formulaic and forced, he didn't follow up on half of the mysteries/questions he put in and the science vs. religion arc has been played out in his earlier books imo.

    What did you think?

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 4 points ago in 52book

    I went to Cuba this summer so I read that one (and a few others) because it's set in Cuba. It's really a children's book though, I read it in an hour or two.

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 2 points ago in 52book

    Oh great! That one is waiting for me on my pile, first making my way through Crime and Punishment

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 5 points ago in 52book

    Thanks! I like his style but I don't always like magical realism.. that's why Norwegian Wood is my favourite, what about yours?

    Edit: I also particularly liked Killing Commendatore (I think the English translation was released not too long ago), I'd definitely recommend it.

    [–] 60/52! Had a good year. DCLB 4 points ago in 52book

    Thanks! I really liked it. I had a fair amount of classics in high school and it was a very refreshing read in more ways than one.

    [–] So many posts about books completed, but how many books did you abandon this year? DCLB 1 points ago in 52book

    A Clockwork Orange is the only book I abandoned this year, and I did it after reading the first page.