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If I only read one single book for this year (2019)

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    3cl1ps33cl1ps3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    what's your favorite genre?

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    StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    Does it have to have come out in 2019? Or just any book?

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    PeasPeas Registered User regular
    I don't really have anything in mind
    Give me your personal favorite

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    A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    edited December 2019
    This is How You Lose the Time War

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    PhillisherePhillishere Registered User regular
    Read a lot of good books this year, but the most fun I had was with Gideon the Ninth.

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    3cl1ps33cl1ps3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    American Gods, in that case.

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Night Watch or Small gods

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    3cl1ps33cl1ps3 I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    If it has to be this year, A Memory Called Empire for sure.

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Read Night Watch if you have read other books in Pratchett's Night Watch/Vimes series, read Small gods if you haven't.

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    the bible

    it documents all the sinnin'

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    also the tales from the flat earth series I lurves it

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    PeasPeas Registered User regular
    edited December 2019
    I have to add that it has been years (yeaaaars!) since I have actually read anything aside from manga, comics and stuff online besides art/technical books

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Best to ease back into it, then. I hear The Very Hungry Caterpillar still holds up.

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    UrielUriel Registered User regular
    The hobbit

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    StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    Let me see...

    My four (why four? who knows) favorite books that I read this year were The Song of Achilles, The Mere Wife, The Grip Of It, and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. Of those, The Grip Of It is probably the most approachable - it's an electric fast horror novel about a haunted house and/or a broken relationship. The Song of Achilles requires some knowledge of Greek mythology (mostly the Iliad), and The Mere Wife similarly works best if you've brushed up on Beowulf recently. Which, I mean, those are also very good books, you could read those. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is not tied to any specific mythology (unlike... everything else by Oyeyemi), as a short story collection themed around keys, but can still get a bit dense and weedy with its allusions at times.


    Of course none of those came out this year, because I tend to take a few to get around to books. If you wanted that, I would recommend Mostly Dead Things, which might be the only book I read that was published this year but I swear that faint praise isn't intended as damnation.

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    The release I'm most anticipating for 2019 is Agency. Not so much because of the writing, more because Gibson has gone from "eerily prescient" to "cyberpunk Nostradamus" and I want a sneak peak at the exact shape of our imminent cultural collapse.

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    StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    The release I'm most anticipating for 2019 is Agency. Not so much because of the writing, more because Gibson has gone from "eerily prescient" to "cyberpunk Nostradamus" and I want a sneak peak at the exact shape of our imminent cultural collapse.

    My most anticipated are probably... Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson, which is a book with a title that is a portmanteau between Frankenstein and kiss and that might be one of the most laser targeted things I've ever seen aimed at me; Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi, because I've at least liked all of her other books and find the way that she works with fairy tales really exciting; and maybe Carmen Maria Machado's In The Dream House, a book I haven't decided if I'm going to read yet because I'm not normally into memoirs but I suspect that her version of a memoir might be a little bit different than what I am expecting.

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    I've bought Frankissstein for my sister already, so I can read it after she's done. A gift for her AND for me!

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    SimBenSimBen Hodor? Hodor Hodor.Registered User regular
    I just finished Guards! Guards!

    You should read Guards! Guards!

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    PeasPeas Registered User regular
    edited December 2019
    I just finshed The very Hungry Caterpillar so thanks for the recommendations folks
    Gotta say I saw the ending coming from a mile, also it's kinda hard to suspend my disbelief for the stuff which happens right before the end

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    I just googled the recommendations and I suppose using kindle would be the way to go for the books price and convenience wise? It also seems to have most of the stuff currently mentioned in this thread so far

    edit: I am seeing a lot of Terry Pratchett, I guess he's pretty popular among you folks

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    ph blakeph blake Registered User regular
    If you only read one book, why not read the most book?

    (but seriously, Don Quixote is surprisingly readable for a novel first published in 1605, and the Grossman translation is, in my opinion, the best way to read it in English)

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    Rorshach KringleRorshach Kringle that crustache life Registered User regular
    let me tell you about the novelization of raiders of the lost ark

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    SimBenSimBen Hodor? Hodor Hodor.Registered User regular
    Isn't Don Quixote like, literally the first novel?

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    cursedkingcursedking Registered User regular
    it's considered the first, yeah. I'm sure there's some pull you can make that's like "well actually" but yeah

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    ChicoBlueChicoBlue Registered User regular
    How novel can it be when it is that old??

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    SimBenSimBen Hodor? Hodor Hodor.Registered User regular
    It's kinda wild to imagine that

    I think when I learned that fact was when I first really thought about what the word "novel" meant

    then I thought oh okay you have stories that are just like enumerations of things that happened and stories with an omniscient point of view narrator where you get to see the character's thoughts on top of their dialogue. A novel.

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    StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    There are other "first" novels from outside Europe which predate it, I believe

    Also a bunch of the medieval romances are essentially novels - you see a lot of them written as being allegedly history (or even current events), but we're talking about a form of mythic history that calling even historical fiction would be generous at best

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    The Grip of It is so good but I'm not sure I'd recommend it as a good "getting back into reading" book.

    Meddling Kids is a good choice for that though.

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    I always heard The Tale of Genji was the first novel.
    I'll buy Don Quixote as the first spanish novel, though.

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    StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    I always heard The Tale of Genji was the first novel.
    I'll buy Don Quixote as the first spanish novel, though.

    Yeah, Tale of Genji would make sense.

    There's some Greek history stuff that I think might be one of the biggest potential quibbles there, but that all has the whole "written as a history" problem. Like, the Alexander Romance is almost certainly ninety five percent fiction, but it alleges to be a history of Alexander the Great, so should we consider it a very bad attempt at history or an attempt at a novel in a world that didn't have the language to describe what a novel was yet?

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    DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    The Library on Mount Char

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    tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Straightzi wrote: »
    tynic wrote: »
    I always heard The Tale of Genji was the first novel.
    I'll buy Don Quixote as the first spanish novel, though.

    Yeah, Tale of Genji would make sense.

    There's some Greek history stuff that I think might be one of the biggest potential quibbles there, but that all has the whole "written as a history" problem. Like, the Alexander Romance is almost certainly ninety five percent fiction, but it alleges to be a history of Alexander the Great, so should we consider it a very bad attempt at history or an attempt at a novel in a world that didn't have the language to describe what a novel was yet?

    yeah I've always thought it's a bit of a spurious and fuzzy definition, but it is fascinating to me that a world existed comparatively recently that didn't really have an exclusive concept for "long-form fictional narrative".
    Characters in Victorian children's literature are always getting on people's cases for reading "novels" instead of like, Pilgrims Progress or whatever and I'm like how the FUCK do you make the distinction?

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    JedocJedoc In the scuppers with the staggers and jagsRegistered User regular
    Honestly? If anyone is only going to read one book this year I recommend Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - And Why Things are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund.

    First of all, it's a great booster shot for your skills in information literacy and critical thinking. The lies are coming fast and quick these days, and the liars are getting better at it every day. This book has many pointers about how statistics are used and how best to interpret them on the fly.

    Second, whatever else happens over the next few decades, it will involve a great deal of change. In times of flux, it is important to hold the gains we have already made firmly in mind, so we don't let the bastards tear them down while our attention is divided.

    And third, the progress outlined in this book is real and present in the lives of billions of people, and if we don't take time to appreciate it we won't have the strength to carry on, or know what to fight for next.

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    PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Yeah ZestRegistered User regular
    The only book I've read this year is my 100 year old Poe collection that sits on my coffee table.

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    WhiteZinfandelWhiteZinfandel Your insides Let me show you themRegistered User regular
    edited December 2019
    Soon I will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman is an excellent fantasy novel. The primary narrator (it alternates between two) is an evil genius plotting a doomsday scenario in a comic-book-esque world that sometimes mocks but mostly pays homage to a variety of superhero comic tropes. It's well written, a lot of fun, and the only book I've ever purchased the kindle edition for, then loved so much that I also bought a physical copy to loan out to friends.

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    JedocJedoc In the scuppers with the staggers and jagsRegistered User regular
    I think about moments from Soon I Will Be Invincible all the time.

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    PeasPeas Registered User regular
    Alright I guess I would make my decision by tomorrow, 10 days should be reasonable enough to finish a book?

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    UrielUriel Registered User regular
    Peas wrote: »
    Alright I guess I would make my decision by tomorrow, 10 days should be reasonable enough to finish a book?

    Depends on the book and how dedicated you are to finishing it in time. But it should be doable for sure.

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    cursedkingcursedking Registered User regular
    Soon I Will Be Invincible is really really good

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    WhiteZinfandelWhiteZinfandel Your insides Let me show you themRegistered User regular
    I'm looking forward to hearing what book you decide on and your after-read thoughts!

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