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  1. 23 - What I Talk About, When I Talk About Running - Haruka Murikami. I bought and read this on the strength of the review by @Stopharage in this thread. It was an enjoyable read that I'm sure will stay with me for a while. I will look to pick up a novel by Murikami on the strength of his writing style in this work.
  2. 21 - Room - Emma Donoghue. I've not seen the film but knew the basic premise for the story. It was an interesting if not always pleasant read. Not sure I'll ever pick it up again but would consider trying another work by the same author. 22 - The Boy from the Woods - Harlan Coben. This was enjoyable, well written and engaging. I will definitely be looking for more of Coben's works in the very near future.
  3. 19 - The Dog Stars - Peter Heller. I picked this up after reading @multi's thoughts on it. I found Peter's writing style a little awkward at first but loved the setting and soon found my groove. My only complaint (and it is really praise) is that it felt like it was over with all too soon. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 20 - The Sisters Brothers - Patrick DeWitt. This was great fun and a very easy read. I liked the period setting (1800s America / Gold-rush era) and the characters were great company.
  4. 18 - A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson. I wanted something lighter after the last 2 reads and this hit the spot. I chuckled more than once and sounds the book to be full of peripheral detail (about the history of the AT and related persons / events) that was rather unexpected. I'll likely pick up another Bill Bryson book based on this. @multi - I have 'the dog stars' sat here to read in the next few weeks based on your review. Thanks for sharing.
  5. 16 - American Dirt - Jeanine Cummins. There's a little controversy about this (mainly in the US) which I wasn't aware of when I bought it. It did play on my mind a little as I started the book but was forgotten by the end. It's a tough read as it is describing a pretty harrowing journey for characters you begin to really care about. Overall I enjoyed it and felt I gained an understanding of something I was very naive about. 17 - Touching The Void - Joe Simpson. This is a quick and interesting read that fed my hunger for more 'Into Thin Air' mountaineering tragedies. I winced at the description of some of the injuries and suffering but overall the (true) story is uplifting.
  6. 15 - The Dutch House - Ann Patchett. This was a pleasant read that started slowly and built to be a very enjoyable character led story. I think it's great and will likely read it again in a few years.
  7. 14 - Wild - Cheryl Strayed. I watched the movie a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. The topic fits in with a recent passion I've found for being outdoors / in nature and walking. I really enjoyed the book overall and would recommend it.
  8. 13 - Where The Crawdsds Sing - Delia Owens. Picked this up blind not knowing that it was a generally very highly rated novel. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute with it and would recommend it unreservedly.
  9. 12 - Three Hours - Rosamund Lupton. I picked up knowing absolutely nothing about the story. I wasn't a fan of the writing style and found myself constantly tripping over words and certain sentence structures. I also wasn't a huge fan of the setting (modern day in England) as I prefer my fiction to be set further from home (either geographically or time period). It was a 2/3 star book for me until the final act which, to be fair, did deliver on the story and bumped it to a 3/4 star overall experience.
  10. 10. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne. A really pleasant tale that covers the entire lifetime of the narrator from conception to... well... the end. I liked the structure, found the characters compelling, believable enough in most of their actions and the story contrived 'just enough' to keep it fun. It did touch me emotionally once or twice too. 11. Recursion - Blake Crouch. Second favourite book of the year (after Educated). I loved every page / minute of my time with this and would wholeheartedly recommend it.
  11. 9. Alice - Christina Henry. This was recommended by a friend (cautiously) as she said it was quite dark. It is a reimagining of the Alice in Wonderland tale (or perhaps a follow-on) with adult themes. The language was very easy going and time with the book flew by. I'm going to check out the sequel if that passes for a recommendation.
  12. 7. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman. My first taste of his work and it took a little getting used to after solely reading V.E. Schwab for fantasy fiction over the last few months. I warmed to the story and characters as the book progressed and ultimately found the story satisfying by the end. 8. The Forever War - Joe Haldeman. I took this recommendation from this thread (thanks @joemul) as a first foray into the work of sci-fi literature. I found the book very enjoyable, although perhaps the closing chapters of the story felt a little rushed? Some of the language used made me smile as I guess it dates the book to the time it was written (1970s I believe). I found some interesting links to A Brief History of Time (I guess the general space / time physics elements) which I only read for the first time a few weeks ago.
  13. 5. Eames - Gloria Koenig. An overview of Ray and Charles Eames and their main works / output. A quick read with some interesting facts. 6. Change is the Only Constant: The Wisdom of Calculus in a Madcap World - Ben Orlin. 20 years after studying A-Level Maths, I finally understand the context and application of concepts that my tutors were trying to drill into me. I might pick up Orlin's other book on Mathematics on the strength of this.
  14. Who's the author of this please? I'm trying to find it online to see if it's something I might like. Thanks.
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