The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam
Read this if:
You relish learning about history through fiction.
You don’t read a whole lot, and want absolutely everything packed into your novels to make it count.
You do read a whole lot, and love complicated plots.
You can remain optimistic in dire circumstances.
You know you didn’t start the fire.
Don’t read this if:
You are looking for that peaceful easy feeling.
The open-ended leaves you dissatisfied.
You are easily offended.
You hate character development.
You are looking for something light and goofy.
Hmm. Ten favorite books
of all time is just so… loaded. Pressurized. Many books I consider favorites I haven’t read in years, and am not sure what I’d think of them now. Some not since high school. Some I read this year and they are fresh on my mind.
So, I think I’ll stick with a general… here are 10 of my favorite books, in no particular order.
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Possession - A. S. Byatt
The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
A Partial History of Lost Causes - Jennifer duBois
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
30 Day Book and Literature Challenge
Read this if:
You like the whole interlocking story thing
You like a diverse cast of weirdo characters
You believe or allow that most artist-types are sex-obsessed
You think women are mainly concerned about having babies
You like to draw your own conclusions
You are pro-gentrification
You are anti-gentrification
You love a good description of running
Don’t read this if
You are prudish
You like happy endings (not that kind, sheesh)
You hate the short story format
You can’t stand moral relativity
You find interracial relationships unacceptable
a few - 3.5 on a scale of 0-10, 10 being unforgivable.
Fun little site with “Book recommendations from readers like you,” though I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the suggestions.
My dream cast for the film adaptations of Tana French’s
Dublin Murder Squad novels.
Ewan McGregor as Rob Ryan
Carey Mulligan as Cassie Maddox Simon Woods as Sam O’Neill Clive Owen as Frank Mackey
I’ve only just finished
Faithful Place, but I’m down with a Clive Owened Frank Mackey, though I could do with a Richard Armitaged Mackey as well.
I do need to read the rest of Ms. French’s Dublin Murder Squad novels - or listen.
Faithful Place, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds, was a fantastic listen.