4 Long Books

I love to read and go through a lots of books.  I thought I'd share four books I've read that I feel are great.  All of these were very popular books recently so you might have already read them but if you haven't - give them a go.

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

Well, it's New York in the 70s which is always enough for me but if you need more there's conspiracy theory, murder, drugs, art, relationships and intertwined character plots.  A girl gets shot on NYE and the book follows a handful of characters whose related stories spider web from the shooting.  Hallberg writes of a world that doesn't exist anymore but luckily, I can experience it in his writing.   

The Magus by John Fowles

It just doesn't stop with this one - prepare yourself for many, many twists.  It will turn you into a very curious and untrusting reader.  The plot follows a young man coasting on a teaching assignment in a lonely island in Greece. His boredom is soon interrupted by a mysterious and wealthy resident of the island. 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I don't think I went out much while I was reading The Goldfinch - I couldn't put it down and just wanted to be home reading. (Very nerdy but I don't care - I love a good book!)  It's about Theodore Decker who survives a terrorist attack at The Met and takes a painting with him as he escapes. You read as his unravelled life passes into adulthood full of complexity but still haunted by the goldfinch painting. I spent a long shift at work casting a movie version of it with coworkers.  (I work with a lot of actors. It's a favorite game.) If you've already read this one try her other book Secret History.  

Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

I just read this one on our beach vacation. There are flaws but it is so entertaining and the main character is incredible. I was sad when it ended - ready for more of her story of farmer to circus performer to courtesan to prisoner to nun royal maid to opera singer to... you get the idea. It's a fun ride.