Adult Summer Reading Club: Books you've been meaning to read...
Sutherland Shire Libraries Wednesday, December 10, 2014
It's always the long books that make a list like this...
Game of thrones by George R R Martin (700+ pgs.)
Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced.Start now, because you've got a lot of reading to do! Game of Thrones, the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, is 700 pages. That's just the beginning. There are another four books in the series so far, including A Storm of swords (volume 3) and A Dance with Dragons (volume 5), both of which are in two parts. Some good news for fans, rumour has it that Volume Six, Winds of Winter is expected to be published in 2015.
Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (771 pgs.)
A mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 2014.
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The narrow road to the deep north by Richard Flanagan
A novel of the cruelty of war, tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
Man Booker prize winner, 2014August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.
Colorless Tsukuru and his years of pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
A mesmerising mystery story about friendship from the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood and 1Q84
Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning 'red pine', and Oumi, 'blue sea', while the girls' names were Shirane, 'white root', and Kurono, 'black field'. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it. One day Tsukuru Tazaki's friends announced that they didn't want to see him, or talk to him, ever again. Since that day Tsukuru has been floating through life, unable to form intimate connections with anyone. But then he meets Sara, who tells him that the time has come to find out what happened all those years ago.
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
An up-all-night story that fluently mixes the super-natural, sci-fi, horror, social satire, and hearbreaking realism.
Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.
For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.
**Don't forget to to fill in an entry form and drop it into an entry box at any of the library branches for your chance to win an Adult Summer Reading Club weekly prize.