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Books of the Year

December 24, 2016

Time for a reflection on my favorite books that I read during this year. I didn’t do an awful lot of reading earlier in the year, but since starting working for the library in August it seems to have inspired me to read a lot more again. The best reading experiences I had of this year have been:

  1. The Executioners Song, Norman Mailer: A great piece of literature based largely on factual occurrences. It encapsulates important questions about just what life means in modern America and in the modern world, when one persons simple request to be executed in line with the law can cause and stir up so much moral and emotional feeling for and against it.
  2. The Spire, William Golding: I liked the idea of this story before even reading it and it delivered above and beyond my high expectations for it. The richness of the experience that is conveyed of Jocelin in his tragic and clearly doomed quest to build an impossible spire to add to his cathedral, was something I didn’t imagine possible to be put into words.
  3. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams: My first reading experience of Douglas Adams and it was a very good one. The humor and gentle poking fun at the hubris of intelligent people had me enjoying a reading experience in a way I didn’t imagine possible. It was like sitting and watching a fun tv comedy programme. Vivid and real beyond words written down on paper.
  4. Finders Keepers, Stephen King: I really enjoyed this one by Stephen King, many interesting characters stories interlock and intersect as the story develops and moves towards a satisfying resolution. A real jigsaw puzzle of a novel, and with good believable bad guy and good guy characters to keep you engrossed
  5. The Truth, Terry Pratchett: I am still reading this right now, just coming to the end, but can already say it has been a great reading experience. My first Pratchett, DiscWorld novel, he applies Douglas Adams style humor within a more fantasy setting, rather than sci-fi, and applies it to social relationships and political and economic issues and problems. Looking forward to reading more of these DiscWorld series of novels and hopefully learning a bit more about just what it means to be human in this crazy world we live in.

 

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