Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Great Reads for 2013

I’ve read some great books in the past few months, and I want to share them with you.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is about women pilots in WWII. But it’s also about spies, espionage, and has an amazing plot that will keep you guessing.

Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel, Flight Behavior, is set where butterfly migration is affected by climate change. It’s a wonderful story about a young wife and mother who learns her own value, and takes control of her future.

Ranger or Morelli? Stephanie Plum is still deciding in Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich.

Erin Morgenstern’s debt novel, The Night Circus, is a fantastical love story. If you enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife or The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, you’ll like this.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. When I recommend this book to friends, I tell them not to read the cover, to just dive in. And to make sure they have some free time–you won’t want to put this down.

In 2010, I read The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian. An amazing novel in itself, with and ending that will leave you reeling, it also references events from The Great Gatsby as though they are historical.  I had to read Gatsby right after (Well before the movie hype made the book popular.)  ps–We’re planning a bookclub fieldtrip to see The Great Gatsby this weekend!



3 thoughts on “Great Reads for 2013”

  1. Thanks for Dana’s recommendation of The Night Circus. For some reason Dana was sure that I would hate it, and now that I have a read Erin Morgenstern’s book, I have to wonder what Dana really thinks of me? How could anyone hate this book? What kind of person would I have to be to hate The Night Circus? So while I pondered this question reading Morganstein’s flight of fancy, I also began to wonder what do the books we love and hate say about us as readers, or even about us as people? Would someone understand me better if they read all of the books I had read after carefully compiling them under headings of love, hate, or even worse, unfinished? I would need more headings, because I still don’t know where I stand on Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

    Back to The Night Circus. It is one of the few novels where I felt inclined to have a dictionary close at hand to help when my memory failed to decipher the meaning of ‘oneiromany’ or ‘horology’. But I didn’t feel Morgenstern was trying to impress me, rather that the world of magic has many depths, and it helps to look a little deeper into meaning of magical words. The descriptive passages went on a little longer than I usually tolerate, but when my mouth ached for a taste of the “globes of thinly blown sugar… and must be broken open in order to access the clouds of cream withn” I realized that I was no longer skimming over the words, but rather savoring each one.

    The lovers of the story, Celia and Marco, are enchanting. I longed for their love story to be written as well as the descriptions of dinner, but I felt cut off after the main course. I needed the lovers to be a little less effervescent, they should have demanded more of the author’s words.

    1. For me a great book withstands a second look, and I have been rereading chapters to uncover more about the characters and the story. I will have to add another heading “books reread”.

      1. I’ve just started to reread it as well. I used to love watching Doug Hennings do magic on tv when I was a kid, and my babysitter’s son and his friend were magicians, and when I was driving her crazy, she’d get them to do magic tricks for me.

        In the Night Circus, one of my favourite parts is in the very beginning, when dusk descends and the wrought iron sign lights up. It’s so descriptive that I can imagine myself there.

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