Friday, November 27, 2015

Thankfully Reading- Which Book Are You Thankful for in 2015?

Today's Thankfully Reading challenge is talk about the book you're thankful for this year.

I don't know exactly what it means to be thankful for a book. Maybe that you're glad you read it, or it affected you somehow. Like changed your life or something? Nothing has really changed my life this year in terms of reading; reading has been a low-key thing for me and more of a personal thing than a public thing, since I'm no longer working in the book world and have fewer opportunities to share what I'm reading.

My favorite book this year is Andrew Ladd's What Ends, because it's one of the books that reminds me why I love reading. It combines unforgettable characters with a vivid setting and lyrical, luminous writing alongside a plot about both coming of age and coming apart.

I'm also thankful in a more general sense for the novels of Cesar Aira, an Argentine writer whose books are very different from Ladd's. Aira's books mix absurdity and profundity, philosophical musings with rambling plots and wrap it all up in words you can't let go of. His books keep me on my toes, keep me laughing and turning pages and thinking.

This year I've read several of Aira's books and the one that stands out the most is The Conversations, about two friends trying to figure out what was going on in a movie they saw on TV but didn't really pay attention to.
 Check him out!

1 comment:

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Thanks for sharing these two books. I will add them to my wish list, and maybe I will read them over Christmas break.