I read on the train on the way to and from work everyday. The problem with this is that first thing in the morning I'm still struggling to
wake up, and at the end of the day I'm drifting off to sleep. Depending on how the book's set out, I try to get through a chapter each way. Typically a
book with 24 chapters in it should take me around 12 business days to read. Theoretically. Anyway, that was just to paint the picture for you. I'm not a
particularly quick reader, but I do tend to lose myself in the world the writer's describing. Unless it's being described horribly in which case I may
give up on it.
Here's a sampling of what I've read so far this year (and enjoyed).
The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper. This is something I read when I was a kid, and revisited recently. Actually it was
probably late last year rather than this year.
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I'd heard about this author before, and never really tried
anything until this year. I lapped this book up. The story of a town who knew one of its citizens was going to be murdered, but chose to do
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. Four strangers meet on a roof one New Year's Eve, with the common goal of ending it all.
This is their story. A very warm, sometimes funny book.
On The Road by Jack Kerouac. A classic from the mid 20th century. It's supposed to be one of those
life-changing stories, and I'm sure in its time it was, but I must admit, I didn't really warm to it. There are moments in the book though where
Jack's enthusiasm is catchy - particularly those passages where he describes nights on the town listening to live jazz. This book inspired many people
including Bob Dylan, so it gets respect for that.
Company of Liars by Karen Maitland. This was a really interesting book set in the mid 14th century while England was in the
grip of the Black Death. It follows the journey of a fistful of fugitives as they try to outrun the plague. There are murders and mysteries and twists
aplenty, all combining for one pretty creepy (but rewarding) read.
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak. I'm reading this one right now and loving it. Death narrates the tale of a young girl in Nazi Germany during World War
II. Just prior to the war she loses her mother and her brother, and discovers the joy of reading after stealing The Gravediggers' Handbook from
next to her brother's grave.
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