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THREE books from this year alone. Three! But as I said, I endured through the rough patches and feel pretty rewarded by all of these. I loved the gorgeous language and intimate themes in The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets. I enjoyed Paul Auster's meta storytelling and plot layers in Oracle Night. And once I got past a barrage of dry science facts, I totally dug the adventure in The Martian.
Affinity, by Sarah Waters, is a book I worked on reading for two years. That's just stupid, right? I read snatches here and there, laid it aside, and I always came back to it because Waters' writing is impeccable, her characters are compelling, and her twists are glorious. Very glad I endured with this one.
The Color Master: Short Stories, by Aimee Bender, was super weird. That said, the stories were also innovative and multi-layered. They challenged me while they maddened me. Definitely worth the ride.
The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, was frustrating in its length and it plodded along at times. However, I was really glad to finish and discuss this one for last year's RIP event. This one felt like an accomplishment!
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson, was a book club choice. While I had innumerable problems with it, and I really loved to complain about it, it prompted me to think hard, and I can always appreciate that. I also really enjoyed discussing this one with my book club ladies.
Shadow of Night, by Deborah Harkness, was the much-anticipated second installment in the All Souls trilogy. This one hit a sour note for me, but it was totally worth reading to complain and roll my eyes as I read along with Heather.
Confessions of a Sociopath, by M.E. Thomas, was another book that seemed plodding at times, and while I had issues with it, I found it more memorable than most.
I was terrified of reading this ROOM, by Emma Donoghue. I was terrified of what the 5-year-old narrator and his mom might go through. I was gripped and repulsed. I was nervous and jittery. But like everyone told me, "it's a good cry" and "the ending is perfect." So true!
Which books are you glad you didn't ditch?