What's the best book you've read this year?
The Kindle library's starting to run low, so I thought this would be a good thing to do before I replenish - what's the best novel you've read this year?
I am a personal finance junkie, so the book I liked reading the most this year was The Money Answer Book, by Dave Ramsey.
It's short and precise but full of simple ways to change your life and become financially successful.
I've been so busy working on my Manson book, that I haven't had the time to do anything but research. I'm taking a little break now. I still love Kurt Vonnegut, and that goes way back. I think I may read Breakfast of Champions again before I resume writing. In fact, I will have my 16 year old daugther read it with me. No one can beat his form of dark satire, and he can be both funny and profound at the same time. Not an easy feat.
A Jew Today by Elie Wiesel -- only, it's more about a Jew in the 70s, 'cause that's when it was written. I've read a whole bunch of history and small business marketing books this year, does that help? I do have a number of book reviews posted for books I've read in past years, but just been too busy to read anywhere near my normal level. I suppose it depends on what you're interested in, but I REALLY liked this one:
http://wychic.hubpages.com/hub/The-Clou … ook-Review
I'm a sucker for historically-based fiction. Alternatively, this one was really awesome, but not everyone's cup of tea (specifically the whole gender identity bit, turns some off):
http://wychic.hubpages.com/hub/Misfortu … ook-Review
The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo: Analyzes the Stanford Prison Experiment and its implications for the military and prison systems. He also disects the Abu Ghraib prison tortures.
The Girlfriends Guide to Toddlers. It is a hilarious book full of advice for moms. You can tell where my life is right now.
Thanks everyone - a really good variety here. I've been on a bit of a NYT/Amazon/etc. 'Best of 2010' kick lately - some good vacation reading...
Perhaps the best of all was Emma Donoghue's 'Room,' which most will probably get through in a day or two. Yes, it's a bestseller, and it's not the most challenging read, but she really knows how to get a hold of the reader - I just flew through this novel. (I'd read her book 'Slammerkin' previously, which I actually liked even more, but it's a bit darker, and certainly doesn't have the same mass appeal).
Currently reading Tana French's 'In the Woods' (I have a thing where I always want to read an author's books in sequence - a bit of a freak, I know). From those I know who've read her, apparently her conclusions can be a bit disappointing, but she's an incredible writer. Loving it so far...
I finished an interesting novel , "Hungry Tides" by Amitav Ghosh. It's about the Sunderbans, dolphins, and the Bengal Tiger. The book was totally intriguing from beginning to the end. It involves 3 main characters, a young female marine biologist, a fisherman and a language translator. I couldn't put the book down and you will learn about the history of the Sunderbans and its people. Kindle has this book now.
I'm currently reading Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye. what a literary writer he was . I love his wit in his dialogue. Bogart should have filmed this mystery. Too bad he didn't.
"House of Leaves" by Mark Danielewski. It is brilliantly insane. It's definitely one of those books that leave you thinking about it for quite some time after you're done. Check it out!
Viktor E. Frankl - Man's Search for Meaning
Read it about a year ago and have read over eighty books since but this still shines through as a an absolute must read.
I really like science fiction, so I would say, "From Earth with Love, The Allymantors." The book is split into two parts, or time zones. It is about a race of beings before man called the Allymantors, and their exodus from planet Earth in the past. Like all species, destruction of thier own people occurs, which is not accidental, but financially driven. Saving planet Earth is left to an alien scientist, and an alien inventor, and they create two new species named Allyman, and human. The doomed alien exodus to the new planet is sabtaged not only by it's own people, but by an ancient virus already occupying the new, grey planet. Chevy is a human boy in Earth's future with knowledge of the Allyman's secrets, but Chevy is constantly bullied by a nasty gang. The ending is very strange indeed.
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