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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!
That's my list...now how about yours?