5.A Dirty Job
This was my introduction to work of Christopher Moore, and I loved it. He is hilarious and his writing reminds me so much of Kurt Vonnegut. The story follows bumbling Beta-male Charlie Asher as he struggles to raise his infant daughter as a single father after his wife dies. What makes it a little more difficult is his having to reap souls on the side. I definitely laughed out loud during this book, by myself and in public. Definitely recommend for those that like a cheeky bit of literature!
4.The Little Paris Bookshop
A sweet read about a middle aged man named Monsieur Perdu and a younger, newly celebrated writer that set off on a boat trip to find the former’s lost love. This book is rife with literary references and flowery prose about life and the French countryside, but not so far as to make it ridiculous. This book is heartwarming and celebrates a love of literature as being central to a love of life.
3.The Unquiet Dead
I requested this book after a chance reading of a review by Quill and Quire and I was absolutely blown away. I love police procedural murder mysteries, especially with a strong, female-fronted character that is badass and witty. This story is set in and around Toronto and explores issues concerning Muslim/non Muslim relationships within the community and abroad. The author has a PhD in International Human Rights Law and this novel is so immensely Canadian, and hauntingly beautiful. I’m looking forward to her new novel in February!
This has been one of my brother’s favourite books for as long as I can remember but for some reason I had yet to read it. I finally did, and it places among my top Classics of all time, which is saying a lot. The writing style is so wonderfully beautiful and there are so many lines that just tug at your heart. The story of Catherine and Heathcliff is so unhealthy and at times grotesque but for some reason you can’t help being drawn into it.
1.The Eyre Affair
I can’t believe I had never heard of this book before a friend recommended it. This story is set in an alternate reality England in 1988, where the Second World War resulted in a long lasting Crimea conflict that is still ongoing. England prioritizes literature as both culture and commodity (ie: there is a specific department of the police that investigate forgeries and fraudulent first editions) and a scientist has developed a way to actually enter stories and change them. When someone kidnaps Jane Eyre and threatens to change the story of the novel, literary detective Thursday must rely on her book smarts and street smarts to take down a psycho. I have continued reading on into the series and have loved each book more than the last.