From Mars to a mysterious girl – some book recommendations

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I was going to show you a finished object today – that knit top I messed up last week – fixed!  But it’s too dark and rainy for photos here, so thought I’d share some book recommendations instead.

We read a lot on holiday – we do talk to each other too! – and this years selection was a particularly good one.   Here are my top six.

The Martian – Andy Weir.  Astronaut Mark Watney is left behind on Mars after an accident in which the rest of the crew believe he is killed.  This is the story of what happens next, and it is brilliant.  Exciting, technically interesting, and often hilarious – I don’t often laugh at loud at books, but I did reading this one.  I insisted Mr D read it straight after me because I wanted to talk about it with him.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler.  Quirky and original, it’s very difficult to talk about this book without giving away the twist (which comes early on).  So I won’t!  Loved it.

An Abundance of Katharines – John Green. Former child prodigy Colin only goes out with girls called Katharine, and always gets dumped (19 times).  Very funny, and his friend Hassan deserves his own book.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky.  This is another quirky, funny, coming of age book, with an eccentric central character – but it is much more than that and incredibly moving.  I was left quite stunned by the ending. Well worth reading.

The Devil in the Marshalsea – Antonia Hodgson.  A historical thriller, more Mr D’s kind of book than mine (I thought), but I absolutely loved it.  Great characters and a real sense of time and place.  Fascinating insight into prisons in the eighteenth century.  I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

The Girl with all the Gifts – M R Carey.  Another book with a twist near the beginning which I won’t give away.  Melanie seems such a sweet little girl, so why is she strapped in a wheelchair at gunpoint to go to class.  And nobody laughs when she says she doesn’t bite.

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