Carol Callicotte

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Best Books I’ve Read This Year – So Far November 21, 2008

Filed under: Books,Reading — A French American Life @ 4:12 pm
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I may have a huge stack of books in my to-read pile, but it’s not because I haven’t been reading.  Oh, wow, do I love to read – typically a book or two a week. It’s amazing what one can accomplish without cable.  I’ve picked three favorites. They are quite different in genre and tone, but all of them kept me up late at night, made me ignore the phone, and had me walking around the house while reading, addicted to the pages and dying to know what would happen next. I’m not going to do a book review on each of them because, well, it’s Friday. But here they are, in no particular order. I highly recommend each of them, and if you do read them, come back and let me know what you think!

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I loved this book.  An original twist on WWII – narrated from the perspective of Death.  The characters are strongly drawn, their relationships and interactions rang true, and the setting was intense and believable. I was immediately swept up by the story.  It’s a book I hated to finish.

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I don’t read much chick lit, but I will definitely read more from Marian Keyes.  She handles the obviously touchy subject of addiction with humor and poignancy, allowing us to see the world through an addict’s eyes.  It was a tad long – too many scenes that seemed to cover the same basics, but I still could not put the book down.

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LOVED this book. Fat Charlie, Spider, and Mr. Nancy take us on a wild ride through a world where gods walk among us, and may very well be singing on a karyoke stage somewhere nearby. The story works on themes similar to those in AMERICAN GODS, but with a more playful tone. Neil Gaiman has quickly become one of my favorites. He’s absolutely brilliant.

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