I went a little wild at the library a few weeks ago and ended up with thirty-plus books! Needless to say, I’ve been reading as quickly as I can in order to finish them all. Here are some of the books I most enjoyed.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
People kept telling me to READ THIS BOOK. So I did! Finally!
Is it too much of a cliché to say that this book is unlike anything I’ve ever read? (Loads of Goodreads reviews said the same thing.) Because it is. I’ve never read a hilarious story about the apocalypse before, and I doubt I ever will. Crowley (a demon) and Aziraphale (an angel) are now one of my favorite literary BFF pairs.
I think both authors’ individual books are brilliant, so I should have known that I’d love this book. I wish I’d read it earlier.
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
This wasn’t Pratchett’s first book, but it was his first in the much-loved-by-me Discworld series. So of course I had to see where it all started, right?!
The Color of Magic tells the story of Twoflower, the naïve tourist, and Rincewind the wizard, his often-exasperated guide. Honestly, it’s less like a novel and more like a collection of loosely connected short stories. Which wasn’t what I expected, but I liked it nevertheless.
The other thing I didn’t expect was the writing style. It’s a funny book, but Pratchett hadn’t quite yet developed his trademark style of Discworld humor and that threw me off. I’m probably biased, though – I started with his later books (The Wee Free Men, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, et cetera), so I guess I expected something more honed. And that really isn’t fair, because it was only his first book in the series.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Oh wow, this book. Where do I even begin? It’s a great classic (about World War I) and my favorite thing about it was the incredibly beautiful writing. The style becomes even more remarkable when you realize that this book was originally written in German. Whoever translated it really knew what they were doing!
At times it’s not easy to read: there’s plenty of death and destruction and sadness. But there are also passages about friendship and loyalty and… oh my god it’s such a great book. All I can say is READ IT.
The Nazi Hunters: How A Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb
Fast forward a few decades to another World War, this one even more deadly than the first. This nonfiction work, adapted from an adult book called Hunting Eichmann, tells the story of Mossad (the Israeli equivalent to the FBI) and their eventual capture of one of the most evil Nazis. Adolf Eichmann oversaw the murder of millions and after World War II, he fled to Argentina – and disappeared without a trace, or so he thought.
But he didn’t cover his tracks well enough, and Mossad caught him in the end. I could not put down this book. In just two hundred and fifty pages, it reads like a story and gives a completely compelling account of the capture.
Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers On Assignment by the National Geographic Society
You’re probably aware of my love for photography, but did you know that I want to be a photojournalist someday? (Among other things.) It’s true. So you can imagine how quickly I devoured this book.
Women of Vision showcases the work of eleven female photojournalists and, due to my enthusiastic reading of National Geographic magazine, I recognized many of their photos from past articles. In particular, a set of photos depicting child brides in Yemen caught my eye. Its accompanying article was published over two years ago, but I still can’t get it out of my mind.
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
This is the sequel to The Maze Runner and, although it is not quite as amazing as its predecessor, it is still a good read. The mystery behind Thomas’s life continues to unfold, and the hellish descriptions of a world gone mad make it impossible to stop reading this book.
I can’t wait to read the next two books, The Death Cure and The Kill Order! I had to return them to the library before I’d read them, and that made me a very disappointed little Engie bookworm.
What are your opinions of the books listed above? And what have you read lately?