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Throwback Thursday Book Reviews!

October will be a slow month for me reading and reviewing wise because I’ve got so much going on. We just returned home from Tunisia, we’re seeing Eddie Izzard and Margaret Atwood, and we’re also attending the UK Star Trek convention in Birmingham this weekend. Plus Halloween is the greatest holiday of all time so I’m going to be seriously consumed with all things Halloween.

So in the meantime, here’s a Throwback Thursday post about some books I read around this time in 2017!

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson


Before going on a cruise to the Norway fjords, I looked up recommendations of Norweigan books for tourists. This one came up on every list I saw and luckily my library had a copy so I started reading it right away.

It was a wonderful and unique story that did end up giving a lot of insight to Norway and its people. Although even if I hadn’t been traveling to Norway, I still would have really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it!

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey


When I originally picked this up, I did so purely by word of mouth and didn’t know anything about its plot. So imagine my surprise when I found out it was a zombie book! Had I known that, I probably wouldn’t have started reading it because I was a little zombie-ed out by that point and doubted there was really anything new to add to the zombie apocalypse genre.

I’m glad I did read it, though, because it was a creative and haunting take on the trope, one that I ended up liking quite a bit. One of these days I’ll get around to watching the movie. 

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders


Because I am a serious library junkie I don’t often buy books on pre-release, but when I heard about this one I made an exception. The audiobook sounded so phenomenal and because I am a massive Nick Offerman fan I signed up for Audible just so I could listen to this narration. Not only would Offerman be narrating it alongside his equally delightful wife Megan Mullally, but it was going to be boasting a record breaking 166 person cast. How could I not listen to it?

The audiobook has received mixed reviews and I certainly understand why. With that many people and so much going on, it was at times hard to follow. I ended up having to buy the ebook to read along with the audiobook to really understand the story.

After doing this double-Bardo’ing for a couple hours I was finally able to fall into the book’s stride and only listen to the audiobook. It was a lot of work, but was ultimately worth it because it was an exquisite experience.

Have you read any of these? Do you have any TTT’s you want to share? Let me know in the comments!

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