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    2015 in Books – my favourites

    My last post listed the books and short stories I’ve read in 2015. This is about the ones that will stay with me for whatever reason (in no particular order), as well as some of my reading goals for 2016. Invincible: Inside Arsenal’s unbeaten 2003-2004 season – Amy Lawrence Geordie Armstrong on the Wing – Dave Seager Fathers of Football: Great Britons who took the game to the world – Keith Baker The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon   The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith Tight, fast-paced, intricate plot that keeps you guessing till the end, detailed writing…

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    2015 in Books

    In 2015, I had set myself a target of 50 books based on this reading challenge, and while I couldn’t complete that particular list, I did read a fair number of books (this doesn’t include the ones I had to read for work) and quite a few singular short stories. The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith Remarkable Creatures – Tracy Chevalier The Fault in our Stars – John Green Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller American Gods – Neil Gaiman Digging to America – Anne Tyler Geordie Armstrong on the Wing…

  • The Housekeeper and the Professor
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    The Housekeeper and the Professor – Yoko Ogawa

    I picked up this book on a whim. An elderly professor of Mathematics has only 80 minutes of short-term memory. His last long-term memory is from the day he met with a car accident where he hit his head. Through the eyes of his new housekeeper and her young son, Root (the nickname given to him by the Professor because the top of his head is flat like the square root sign), we meet and form a strange connection with the man who walks around with notes clipped to his suit so that he won’t forget important things (including who…

  • The House On Mango Street
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    The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

    “She thinks stories are about beauty. Beauty that is there to be admired by anyone, like a herd of clouds grazing overhead. She thinks people who are busy working for a living deserve beautiful little stories, because they don’t have much and are often tired. She has in mind a book that can be opened at any page and will still make sense to the reader who doesn’t know what came before or comes after.” Reading the foreword of The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros herself is as enjoyable as the actual collection of vignettes from the point-of-view…

  • Catcher in the Rye
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    Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

    “Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and…

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