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bayoubengals88
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I started reading novels last Christmas. Here's my list: (ADD yours too)!
1. The Nix. Nathan Hill
Wow, wow, wow...everything that the endorsers write on the back of the book is actually true! 731 pages of sheer joy. I feel that Hill's is the most active and engaging writing that I'll ever read. This was his first novel, and I'm scared to read another one! Unbelievably great story. The Nix defines what a novel should be.
I can't even begin to describe the plot so I'll just say that Hill's ability to cover and criticize nearly everything about modern society is stunning.

2. In the Woods. Tana French
Part one of six from the Dublin Murder Squad. This detective book is about the murder of a child in a rapidly changing Irish town, and the tense interaction between the two detectives who attempt to solve the case. SO good. I'm starting book two soon.

3. A Secret History. Donna Tartt
One of my girlfriend's all time favorites so I wanted to give it a try. Deep, dark, coming of age novel that takes place in small northeastern academic setting. Characters to love and hate. Tartt uses fantastic descriptive writing to tell the story of rather unique group of friends, and their struggle to cope with a horrendous idea with which they actually follow through.

4. Commonwealth. Ann Patchett
Again, THIS is a novel...one that grabbed me from the first sentence. “The christening party took a turn when Albert Cousins arrived with gin.” Are you kidding me?? This is a book about life, and the crazy turns it can and will take. Upon finishing I remember thinking that Patchett was able to say A LOT in just 350 pages, and applaud her for that.

5. As Good as Gone. Larry Watson
You won't find this one on any bestseller list. I stumbled upon it on the EBR library app, and checked it out because it was one of the few available that I was interested in. However, it was surprisingly great! Set in rural, but changing Gladstone, Montana this wonderful "western" novel pits Traditionalism against Modernism featuring an old "cowboy" who chooses to take a surprising visit to his old town to watch his grand kids for what he hoped would have been an uneventful couple of days. Upon returning, his memories haunt his thoughts, and his name and his stubborn pride jeopardize his life.

6. Ready Player One. Ernest Cline
There's been a lot of hype surrounding this one after Spielberg decided to make it a movie, and quite frankly that's why I read it. The book is vastly entertaining, and a must read for anyone with any affinity for the 80s...in fact you should probably watch episodes of Stranger things between chapters or play Back to the Future in the background.

7. The Dinner. Herman Koch
Hilarious, yet dark. I'm somewhat ashamed to say that I relate to the main character more than I'd like to admit. This book starts off with dinner reservations to a fancy restaurant, and ends with well, not dessert. I think it was brilliantly written, and easy to get lost in.

8. The Innocent. Ian McEwan
Typical McEwan book. It's concise and set in cold war Berlin, which is why I was drawn to it.

9. Trash. Andy Mulligan
Easy YA "summer" read with one hell of a story (kid detectives) and a beautiful resolution.

10. The Novice. Taran Matharu
Fun and light. Book One of a Trilogy that I might or might not finish.

11. The Martian. Andy Weir
Overhyped. This story becomes downright monotonous 1/3 of the way through. Weir's over use of decent humor turns stale fairly quickly.

12. On Chesil Beach. Ian McEwan
Meh.
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in fact you should probably watch episodes of Stranger things between chapters or play Back to the Future in the background.


Well done


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re: I started reading novels last Christmas. Here's my list: (ADD yours too)!
Thanks for this. I’m going to look into some of these!


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Thanks for this. I’m going to look into some of these!

That's why I did it
I figured if I enjoyed them then most readers would too.
Of those twelve, there's a good mix.


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re: I started reading novels last Christmas. Here's my list: (ADD yours too)!
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2. In the Woods. Tana French
Part one of six from the Dublin Murder Squad. This detective book is about the murder of a child in a rapidly changing Irish town, and the tense interaction between the two detectives who attempt to solve the case. SO good. I'm starting book two soon.


Started great but terrible ending. The male detective became a whiny bitch. I give it a D.


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re: I started reading novels last Christmas. Here's my list: (ADD yours too)!
I totally get that, but chose to reflect on how much I enjoyed the journey. I heard book 2 was incredible.


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re: I started reading novels last Christmas. Here's my list: (ADD yours too)!
My list I can recall from the end of Sep of this year:

The Man in The High Castle
Live By Night
The Moonshine Wars
American Assassin (all below are Vince Flynn series)
Kill Shot
Transfer of Power
The Third Option
Separation of Power
Executive Power
Consent to Kill
Protect and Defend
Extreme Measures
Pursuit of Honor
The Last Man

I'm halfway done with The Survivor and will finish the series by new years.

I also read Hatchet, Brian's Return, and some Batman comics for nostalgia in between. Earlier in the year I polished off half of John Sandfords Prey series and they all run together as I didn't read them in order.



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Branch out a little man!


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re: I started reading novels last Christmas. Here's my list: (ADD yours too)!
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A Secret History. Donna Tartt


I just finished The Goldfinch and thought it was some good shite.

She definitely isn't for everyone though.


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The Goldfinch
it’s somewhere on my list of ~40


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re: I started reading novels last Christmas. Here's my list: (ADD yours too)!
good list. will check out The Nix, The Dinner, and A Secret History. have heard good things about Commonwealth

here's my novels this year in order I read them:

The Hike. Drew Magary

Fun novel about a man who gets REALLY lost on a run and REALLY weird shite starts happening. Liked Magary's other novel The Postmortal a lot and read his work on Deadspin/GQ frequently.

A Colder War & A Spy Divided. Charles Cumming

Modern espionage novels; books 2 and 3 of a trilogy. Really enjoyed this books. Much more about spycraft than action. Well paced and taut

The Girl with the Ghost Eyes. M.H. Boroson

Fantasy/magical realism that takes place in late 19th century San Francisco. About a father/daughter family of mystics saving the city. Okay read. Took a while to get into it for me, but a cool hook

A Visit from the Goon Squad. Jennifer Egan

Fantastic novel and writing. Each chapter is about a different character in the orbit of loosely connected group of friends. The twist is these chapters take place over different decades of the last 30 years. Really well written and put together. Loved this book

The Golem and the Jinni. Helene Wecker

Just okay. Took me a while to get through this one. Takes place in late 19th century Manhattan and is about a...golem and a jinni. Some really good passages, some snoozers

Fates and Furies. Lauren Groff

Great novel. Divided into 2 parts, one the perspective of the husband the other of the wife, it tracks the ups and downs of a married couple and the way we talk (or don't) to each other. Great writing

Murder on the Orient Express. Agatha Christie

Classic for a reason. Great, quick read. A fun page turner and a great plane book- can finish it in just a couple of hours if you're a fast reader

The Last Kingdom. Bernard Cornwell

Really liked the show on Netflix, so I thought I would give this a try. I usually like historical fiction, but I found this rather boring. Probably because it is written from the perspective of the main character; I just didn't like the writing. Plotting was also a little slow, maybe since I've watched the show.

Underground Airlines. Ben Winters

Alternate history- Lincoln is killed before the Civil War and a compromise is struck to avoid war. Slave states can keep slavery. Novel takes place in present day and only 4 states still have slaves. Protagonist is a fugitive slave hunter. Interesting concept and well written. More like a detective novel than anything else. Worth a try if you're into weird ideas

A Hundred Thousand Worlds. Bob Proehl

Good novel about growing up and letting go. Mother and son are traveling cross country to drop son off with father. Hook is mom used to be a star of a popular X-Files show, so they stop at various conventions on the way, meeting other characters.

Before the Fall. Noah Hawley

Outstanding novel. Group of people board a private jet for a quick flight. Jet crashes in Atlantic and only 2 survive- struggling artist on the plane by chance and young son of media mogul. Focusing on the before, during, and after of the crash, the novel explores the randomness of life and how we cope with it

Sweetbitter. Stephanie Danler

Coming of age novel about a young woman who moves to New York and finds work in a restaurant. Good descriptions of food/wine and being young, not knowing anything, and the joy/pain of experience

Dark Matter. Blake Crouch

Tight sci-fi thriller about choice, what you would do for your life, and alternate universes. Couldn't put this one down. Lots of quantum physics talk, but dumbed down enough for me to understand. Just a great thriller.

High Dive. Jonathan Lee

About the 1984 Brighton Hotel bombing. I knew nothing about this going in. IRA v British. Focuses on three characters- father/daughter in Brighton and IRA bomber. A little slow at times, also marvelous at others.


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re: I started reading novels last Christmas. Here's my list: (ADD yours too)!
I'm reading The Nix right now because of this post. I'm about 150 pages in. Enjoying it so far, even though i want to whip the main character's ass.


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re: I started reading novels last Christmas. Here's my list: (ADD yours too)!
Hahaha

The logical fallacies section early on between professor and student was the most enjoyable, fast paced, engaging section of any book I’ve ever read.


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re: I started reading novels last Christmas. Here's my list: (ADD yours too)!
Thanks for the additions! I’m adding Goon Squad, Fates and Furies, and Sweetbittee to my Goodreads.


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I just finished the pwnage storyline

Welp....that was really fricking interesting


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