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What is your book of the year so far?

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Sadik Tue 13-Nov-18 21:39:54

One only, no cheating with multiples grin (And I am totally asking this for Christmas present purposes)

Mine is Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer. It's not the best written book I've read this year (objectively it has lots of faults), but it's the stand out for me because of the world-building, endless ideas to think about, and good characters.

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Towerofjoyless Wed 14-Nov-18 14:42:55

Probably The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

carbuncleonapigsposterior Wed 14-Nov-18 16:44:15

"The Heart's Invisible Furies"

SavageBeauty73 Wed 14-Nov-18 17:01:18

Just ordered The Heart Invisible Furies - thank you!

Growingboys Wed 14-Nov-18 17:03:48

I've ordered it too, thank you!

shumway Wed 14-Nov-18 17:09:22

Florida - Lauren Groff, Sight - Jessie Greengrass, Dakota Winters - Tom Barbash.

Growingboys Wed 14-Nov-18 17:17:54

I've enjoyed I Am Pilgrim, Dear Mrs Bird, Standard Deviations...

BookWitch Wed 14-Nov-18 19:20:23

Edge of Eternity - Ken Follet

Dottierichardson Thu 15-Nov-18 11:35:54

The Engineer of Human Souls by Josef Skvorecky. A brilliant novel from the 1970s written by a writer in exile from the-then Iron Curtain Czech republic. The chief character is teaching literature in a remote part of Canada but his thoughts are dominated by his memories of life in Czechoslovakia, particularly the years of the Nazi occupation and then the takeover by Stalin's forces. He reflects on his family, his lost loves and what happened to him and his friends after the war. It's interspersed with scenes of refugee life in Canada. Funny, moving, thoughtful, literary, informative, incredibly readable and absorbing. Am excellent novel. Also the portrait he constructs of life under fascism/totalitarianism, refugee life all very timely.

Sadik Thu 15-Nov-18 19:43:44

That sounds wonderful Dottie (to be honest, just the title alone would be enough to get me to read it)

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Petalflowers Thu 15-Nov-18 19:50:35

The Rules of Seeing - Joe Heap - an intrigueing novel about a blind girl and another girl who meet by chance.

One Day in December - haven’t finished this book yet but really enjoying it.

Petalflowers Thu 15-Nov-18 19:52:16

The Horse Boy - not a new book but a true life account about a dad and his autistic son, and his trek across Russia meeting horse tribes, as he discovers his son as a natural affinity with horses.

AliceLutherNeeMorgan Thu 15-Nov-18 22:14:33

Winter, by Ali Smith. I loved her Autumn as well

OnMyWhistle Thu 15-Nov-18 22:17:02

The Silent Companions - loved it

Pinkruler Thu 15-Nov-18 22:39:40

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig - read it early in the year, still my favourite.

VanderlyleGeek Fri 16-Nov-18 02:19:10

I'm really loving The Library Book, Susan Orlean's new one.

Otherwise, my hands down best book of 2018 is actually a reread: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon.

SummersB Fri 16-Nov-18 02:50:27

Thanks for starting this thread OP - lots of great suggestions!

waycat Fri 16-Nov-18 04:08:05

A Place Called Winter and A Perfectly Good Man, both by Patrick Gale.

Very moving stories.

EmmaGrundyForPM Fri 16-Nov-18 04:40:20

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Really well crafted and moving.

Methyl Fri 16-Nov-18 05:03:56

You Think It, I'll Say It - a collection of short stories by Curtis Sittenfeld. Oh my god can that woman write! It is spectacular; loved each and every story.

ElfrideSwancourt Fri 16-Nov-18 05:10:24

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman is my standout book this year.

AgentProvocateur Fri 16-Nov-18 06:18:54

Another vote forThe Heart’s Invisible Furies.

Chickoletta Fri 16-Nov-18 16:25:58

I’m reading The Heart’s Invisible Furies now - only about 100 pages in but loving it. I also loved Eleanor Oliphant and The Essex Serpent.

ExileinGuyville Fri 16-Nov-18 17:20:06

Favourite non-fiction book was Educated by Tara Westover, moving, scary, weirdly life-affirming.

Favourite fiction reads The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, the first two books in a trilogy set in medieval Russia, full of politics, religion, talking horses.

Nuffaluff Fri 16-Nov-18 17:52:29

Alice Mine is Winter by Ali Smith too! She’s my favourite living author.
It didn’t grab me right from the start - I found the character hallucinating a bit hard to deal with - but by the end I loved it.

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