What is the best book you have read so far this year?
The best book I have read this year is, "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov. I had always heard it was a classic, though controversial. In my opinion, the writing was absolutely brilliant. So, tell me about you're best read in the first half of 13.
I've been so busy trying to get my freelance career launched that I haven't had time to read anything other than tips and tricks on becoming a better writer, how to get published, etc. I did, however have the pleasure of reading Bill's (aka billybuc) novel, "The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday to Today" and I have to say it's one of the best books I've ever read. Before I rekindled my passion for writing, I was an avid reader, so I have a lot of books under my belt. Dean Koontz is my favorite author, but Bill's book had me glued from start to finish. I read his novel in less than 24 hours - it is that good!
I think I'm currently on book 31 or 32 this year. All have been good reads except 3 I put down early (and didn't include in my total). I have hubs on a few I've read, but the two that truly stand out are "11/22/63" by Stephen King and "Augustus" by John Williams.
King is my favorite author, and I have yet to read 11/22/63, so I will put that one on my list. I love roman history and have read of Augustus in the past , so I may have to give this one a whirl as well.
"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin. I'm not sure I would have read it if I hadn't found a cheap copy in a Goodwill store. I was afraid it was going to be some kind of weird Freudian or feminist manifesto. Instead, it is a magnificent story of a woman awakening to a higher meaning and to being an artist. I think it is one of the best books I have EVER read, let alone for just this year.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman would have to be the best fiction I've read this year. Not exactly a new book, but I was happy to finally get around to it. Best non fiction book I read would have to be The China Study.
The Innocents by Francesca Segal It is a remake of the Age of Innocence. I thought it was the most beautiful representation of the choices that the heart tries to make, despite what it wants. Also, not all modern remakes are good, but this was true to the original, with just the right amount of updates! It is the book that moved me the most this year!
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness is by far the BEST book I've read this year. This particular book is one of three in her All Souls Trilogy. It is well written with lots of historical references and attention to detail. This book is a love story that journeys into the world of witches and vampires. It is a must read!!!
Centers on a reluctant witch and a 1,500-year-old vampire. The witch - a direct descendant of the first woman executed in the Salem Witch trials - accidentally unlocks an enchanted manuscript and finds herself in a race to prevent an interspecies war
Believe it or not, I have not read any books this year. We had a house fire last September and we lost everything, including the probably hundreds of books I had. The last book I did read,though, was "The Shack" snd I remember it well because the first few chapters made me cry, so full of emotion.
It's definitely at the top of my list for books I'd recommend. As for life, thank you. Surely things will improve. I guess we have to choose to not ne discouraged and make the best of things as best we can. :-)
"The other side of me" by Sidney Sheldon. It's the story of his life and how his journey to becoming the great writer he is. This is the best book I've read and it Inspired me. I think it's a must read for all aspiring writers and artists.
I mostly read Indian fictions. This time I read the book "The Immortals of Meluha" written by Amish. I loved it too much. It is trilogy and I wish to read the second one titled "The Secret of the Nagas" soon.
The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. All new science about how cells (really) work and how our beliefs get programmed into us. A must read- you could really have much more positive influence on your children (and/or others'), plus understand why willpower or positive affirmations just do not always work. I wrote one hub on one of its themes and plan on doing one or two more.
I have a preview read on line on the book :"The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari"by robin Sharma.I like the preview read, so I ordered it in AMAZON which I can't wait.Very interesting book on a complete 360 degree turnaround of lifestyle.Even if I have not read the whole book yet, I think this book will be one of the best books I read so far for this year.
Thank you all for the great ideas you have given me. I'm glad to see the quality of literature mentioned. I truly believe that to be a successful writer, you must also be an avid reader. And the better quality work you read, the better it will make you. So, write on my friends and read, read read!
So far, I have two favourite books from this year: Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills, which is about a boy who was born in a girl's body and how he copes with this identity crisis as he expresses himself via a late-night radio show. Very interesting, and quite cool.
And the other is The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan, which is a book written entirely in segments like dictionary definitions which tells the fragmented story of a relationship - it sort of reminded me of the film (500) Days of Summer.
I lately read Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I found it amazing, the language is so lucid yet so grabbing. The way it was narrated is just excellent. I have also read other books of this famous author, but Alchemist truly stands apart.
Try this one: "The Soul Talkers" by Funom Makama. This is the best book so far I have read, Suspense-filled and so contemporary, using a london campus setting, blended with sport, poetry, emotional saga and peer antagonism.
I will leave the rest for you to decide after reading it
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