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What have you read recently that you liked?

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gelofogo   

I resist being told what to read, but I finally caved in and read All The Light We Cannot See--despite the fact that it's won a Pulitzer Prize, it did get outstanding reviews from sources I respect, and it was worth them all.

 

I thought everything had already been written about WWII, but a story told from the war, not about the war, playing off a German sergeant and a French museum worker, a blind girl and a boy who neither commits wholly to his friends, nor to the war effort, but is absorbed in radio until an unexpected transmission causes him to start behaving...differently...I'm describing this badly. It was refreshing to read about the looting of Europe without the customary (and justified) indignation by the looted. It was deeply engaging reading about a boy who might be aspie, but for whom this isn't primary--only his gift is.

 

I didn't expect to like it, and the first couple of pages didn't draw me in much, but I couldn't put it down. There is no happy ending--how could there be--but time moves on. I'll be rereading this one; it's deep enough.

 

What have you read lately?

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Tomar   

George Orwell 1984

 

I read it at school​ & it was presented as a nightmare vision of the future. Recently I began to think that in all periods in history there has been someone attempting to control the way people think & behave with instant death to those who do not conform. I started to wonder whether Orwell was warning about the future or commenting on his present & so needed to re-read.

 

I might read his other works too.

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I recently re-read The Magus by John Fowles after following Radio 4's excellent radio adaptation. It's a psychological thriller set on a Greek island which leaves you wondering for ages afterwards what was real and what was imaginary.

 

Five reasons why your next book should be The Magus

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Hello!

 

Recently I finished a book called Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult. I love her books and interestingly enough, she is an aspie too! The first book I read of hers was called House Rules, it's the story of an almost adult aspie boy. I won't go into that now but, I highly recommend that book!

Anyway, Handle With Care is about a 6 year old girl with brittle bone disease. Her mother starts a lawsuit for wrongful birth, which affects her marriage dramatically! Though, the person she's suing is her obstetrician, who is also her best friend. She has an older sister who, ends up going through some pretty serious mental problems.

I could go on forever about this book but I won't spoil it for you just incase you do want to give it a read.

It is my favourite book now, I've read hundreds of books in my time but that one tops the lot! I cannot recommend it highly enough.

 

Anne.

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The last book I finished reading was So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why skills trump passion in the quest for work by Cal Newport. It made me realise I've been yearning for "career capital" all my working life (or unsuccessful attempt at one) without having a name for it.

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