The Best of 2014

Here’s my idiosyncratic list of what I liked in 2015.

Hands Down Best Fiction: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Best Non-Fiction: Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman.

Best Book That I Wish I Had Written: Euphoria by Lily King.

Best Book I Should Have Read Sooner: A Visit From The Good Squad by Jennifer Egan.

Best Laugh Out Loud Funny Book: Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher.

Best New To Me Author: Christos Tsiolkas. I read Barracuda and am desperate to read more by him.

Best Allegedly Science Fiction: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.

Best Title: The Mother Who Loved All Her Children, Until They Moved Back In by Ludmilla Petrushevshaya.

 

 

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Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut

arctic-summerLike the title Arctic Summer, my review of said book is going to be a little bit of a contradiction in terms. There was so much about this book that I loved, and yet at times I just found it so boring. Continue reading

Cover Wars: Geek Sublime

This week’s Cover Wars is an interesting case: One book, two titles, three subtitles. Oh yes, you heard me correctly.

Cover 1 is the first one I saw. Cute Cover. Ho-hum subtitle. It seems to be the cover most widely adopted by foreign language versions as well.

Cover 2 is from North America. Ho-hum cover, but awesome subtitle. The Beauty of Code and the Code of Beauty. 

And I didn’t even know of Cover 3’s existence until writing this post. It’s the Indian version.

So what say you? You’re preferences please.

Geek Sublime by Vikram Chandra

geek-sublime-naI don’t even know where to start with talking about Geek Sublime. Vikram Chandra has long been a favorite author of mine, so I knew I was going to read this before I even knew what it was about. Then I found out that it was about computer coding and Sanskrit poetics and I was hooked. Continue reading

The Confabulist by Steven Galloway

the-confabulistIt’s getting to that time of the year when you’re seeing a lot of “Best Books” lists, and you’ll likely see The Confabulist by Steven Galloway on quite a few of them. I was a little hesitant about reading this book since I was not a huge fan of his previous book, The Cellist of Sarajevo. It was a little too brooding for my taste. By way of contrast, The Confabulist is anything but moody and brooding. Continue reading

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

The-boston-girl-anita-diamantI don’t know how it is possible that i’ve made it this far into life without having read Anita Diamant, but I have. It may be precisely because The Red Tent was so popular, that I never read it. So when I saw that she has a new book out, The Boston Girl, I thought, now is my time to read Diament without any preconceived conceptions. Continue reading