Friday, October 31, 2014

Best of the Bunch: October 2014

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in October.

Of the 15 books I read this month, three of them earned 5-star reviews from me, which is unusual, and I also read them all around the same time (maybe I was feeling particularly generous mid-month). These are the three books:

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor.

Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh.

After some deliberation, I would say the best of the bunch was...

It was just the right amount of absurd and silly for me. There are two narratives throughout the book, one telling the events of the first 100 years of Allan Karlsson's life, and the other telling of his adventures after escaping from his "Old Folks' Home" the day of his 100th birthday. In the former, he finds himself embroiled in various historical and political events despite having no interest in politics himself, and in the latter he ends up getting entangled in various criminal activities, mostly unintentionally. I think this is a love-it-or-hate-it book, and I loved it.

What is the best book you read this month?

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