Οι νικητές των Goodreads Choice Awards 2015

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Best Fiction: Go Set a Wathman by Harper Lee (Βάλε έναν φύλακα. Θα κυκλοφορήσει στις 03/12 από τις εκδόσεις Bell)

Best Mystery & Thriller: The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins (Το κορίτσι του τραίνου. Κυκλοφορεί από τις εκδόσεις Ψυχογιός)

Best Historical Fiction: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Best Fantasy: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman

Best Romance: Confess by Collen Hoover

Best Science Fiction: Golden Son by Pierce Brown (Ο χρυσός γιος. Θα κυκλοφορήσεις από τις εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο στις 06/03/2016)

Best Horror: Saint Odd by Dean Koontz

Best Humor: Why not me? by Mindy Kaling

Best Nonfiction: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, Erix Klinenberg

Best Memoir & Autobiography: A work in progress by Connor Franta

Best History & Biography: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Best Science & Technology: Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish by John Hargrove, Howard Chua-Eoan

Best Food & Cookbooks: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime: Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-Minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper! by Ree Drummond

Best Graphic Novel & Comics: Saga, Volume 4 by  Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)

Best Poetry: The Dogs I have kissed by Trista Mateer

Best Debut Goodreads Author: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Κόκκινη Βασίλισσα. Κυκλοφορεί από τις εκδόσεις Παπαδόπουλος)

Best Young Adult Fiction: Alla the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Μικρά Θαύματα. Θα κυκλοφορήσεις από τις εκδόσεις Πατάκη τον Δεκέμβριο του 2015)

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Best Middle Grade & Children’s: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Best Picture Books: The Day that Crayons came home by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrations)

 

Για να πω την αλήθεια, πολλά από τ’ αποτελέσματα ήταν αναμενόμενα και άλλα όχι. Κυρίως είχα επηρεαστεί απ’ όσα έβλεπα ότι διαβάζουν περισσότερο οι booktubers και όσοι ακολουθώ στο instagram. Για παράδειγμα, περίμενα στην κατηγορία best fantasy, να δω πρώτο το A darker shade of magic που έβλεπα πολύ τον τελευταίο καιρό. Σε άλλες κατηγορίες πραγματικά δεν είχα ιδέα ποιο βιβλίο θα κέρδιζε, όπως για παράδειγμα στην κατηγορία best young adult & science fiction.

Six Stories & an Essay – Adrea Levy

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Andrea Levy, author of the Man Booker shortlisted novel THE LONG SONG and the prize-winning, million-copy bestseller SMALL ISLAND, draws together a remarkable collection of short stories from across her writing career, which began twenty years ago with the publication of her first novel, the semi-autobiographical EVERY LIGHT IN THE HOUSE BURNIN’.

«None of my books is just about race,» Levy has said. «They’re about people and history.» Her novels have triumphantly given voice to the people and stories that might have slipped through the cracks in history. From Jamaican slave society in the nineteenth century, through post-war immigration into Britain, to the children of migrants growing up in ’60s London, her books are acclaimed for skilful storytelling and vivid characters. And her unique voice, unflinching but filled with humour, compassion and wisdom, has made her one of the most significant and exciting contemporary authors.

This collection opens with an essay about how writing has helped Andrea Levy to explore and understand her heritage. She explains the context of each piece within the chronology of her career and finishes with a new story, written to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. As with her novels, these stories are at once moving and honest, deft and humane, filled with insight, anger at injustice and her trademark lightness of touch.

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Ειλικρινά αν με ρωτήσεις για ποιον λόγο αγόρασα αυτό το βιβλίο δε θα ξέρω τι να σου απαντήσω. Αρχικά, μου κίνησε το ενδιαφέρον το εξώφυλλο και τα χρώματά του που ήταν κάπως μουντά, κάπως ξεθωριασμένα από τον χρόνο. Η υπόθεση δε μου έλεγε και πολλά, αλλά ήθελα εδώ και καιρό να διαβάσω ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο. Ένα βιβλίο με μικρές ιστορίες. Με ιστορίες ανθρώπων που δε θα μαθαίναμε ποτέ, όπως αναφέρει και μέσα.

Στην αρχή διαβάζεις ένα κείμενο για εκείνη και την οικογένειά της, που είναι και το πιο ενδιαφέρον και συγκινητικό κομμάτι του βιβλίου. Μιλά για τον ρατσισμό που δέχονταν οι γονείς της. Μιλά για την ιστορία του τόπου της που εμείς γνωρίζουμε πολύ λίγα. Όταν το διάβαζα νόμιζα ότι άκουγα την ίδια να μιλά δυνατά και να λέει την κατάσταση των γονιών της. Ήταν σαν να έβγαζε λόγο. Όσα διάβαζα με πάγωναν. Για ‘μένα αυτό ήταν πολύ σημαντικό μιας και μου πέρασε πολλά πράγματα και με έκανε να θέλω να διαβάσω περισσότερα βιβλία της.

«Because being black in a majority white country come a myriad of compications and contradictions.»

Παρά την καλή εντύπωση που μου έκανε η αρχή του βιβλίου, όταν ξεκίνησαν οι έξι ιστορίες που είχε γράψει η Levy, ήταν αρκετά βαρετό. Θεωρώ ότι οι ιστορίες ήταν πάρα πολύ μικρές για να σε κάνουν να τις αγαπήσεις και να τις θυμάσαι για πολύ. Παρόλα αυτά, πριν από κάθε ιστορία η Levy έγραφε ένα κείμενο με τους λόγους που την έκαναν να γράψει την ιστορία. Πότε την έγραψε και τι της έδωσε. Αυτοί οι πρόλογοι ήταν πραγματικά πολύ όμορφοι ίσως επειδή σκέφτεσαι ότι ήταν πραγματικότητα.

Το πιο σημαντικό νομίζω ήταν αυτό που κέρδισε η ίδια η συγγραφέας. Όσα την έκανε να καταλάβει, να συνειδητοποιήσει και να αποδεχθεί γράφοντάς το. Αυτό νομίζω είναι και το νόημα. Να μην γράφεις απλά για να το κάνεις, αλλά να κερδίζεις και ο ίδιος από αυτό.

Τα καλύτερα βιβλία του Απριλίου

Αυτή η ενότητα προστέθηκε μόνο και μόνο για κάποιες νέες ιδέες για κάποιον που δεν έχει αποφασίσει ακόμα τι να διαβάσει. Οι προτάσεις είναι από τη σελίδα Goodreads για κάποια νέα βιβλία του μήνα που θα μπορούσε να διαβάσει κάποιος.

Orhan4_pg2-HCjkt.inddIn her extraordinary debut, Aline Ohanesian has created two remarkable characters—a young man ignorant of his family’s and his country’s past, and an old woman haunted by the toll the past has taken on her life.

When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather Kemal—a man who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs—is found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But Kemal’s will raises more questions than it answers. He has left the family estate to a stranger thousands of miles away, an aging woman in an Armenian retirement home in Los Angeles. Her existence and secrecy about her past only deepen the mystery of why Orhan’s grandfather willed his home in Turkey to an unknown woman rather than to his own son or grandson.

Left with only Kemal’s ancient sketchbook and intent on righting this injustice, Orhan boards a plane to Los Angeles. There he will not only unearth the story that eighty-seven-year-old Seda so closely guards but discover that Seda’s past now threatens to unravel his future. Her story, if told, has the power to undo the legacy upon which his family has been built. 

Moving back and forth in time, between the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the 1990s, Orhan’s Inheritance is a story of passionate love, unspeakable horrors, incredible resilience, and the hidden stories that can haunt a family for generations.

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22716448In medical school, Matt McCarthy dreamed of being a different kind of doctor–the sort of mythical, unflappable physician who could reach unreachable patients. But when he almost lost someone his first night on call, he found himself scrambling. Visions of mastery quickly gave way to hopes of simply surviving hospital life, where confidence was hard to come by and no amount of med school training could dispel the terror of facing actual patients.
This funny, candid memoir of McCarthy’s intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into patients’ rooms and doctors’ conferences to witness a physician’s journey from ineptitude to competence. McCarthy’s one stroke of luck paired him with a brilliant second-year adviser he called «Baio» (owing to his resemblance to the «Charles in Charge» star), who proved to be a remarkable teacher with a wicked sense of humor. McCarthy would learn even more from the people he cared for, including a man named Benny, who was living in the hospital for months at a time awaiting a heart transplant. But no teacher could help McCarthy when an accident put his own health at risk, and showed him all too painfully the thin line between doctor and patient. «The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly» offers a window on to hospital life that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness while emphasizing the black-comic paradox of becoming a doctor: How do you learn to save lives in a job where there is no practice?

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22609323From indie horror author and bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn, this brand-new supernatural thriller questions: how far would you go for success, and what would you be capable of if the promise of forever was real?

With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed up crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback. So when he’s promised exclusive access to notorious cult leader and death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the opportunity is too good to pass up. Lucas leaves New York for the scene of the crime—a split-level farmhouse on the gray-sanded beach of Washington State—a house whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb’s diviners; runaways who, thirty years prior, were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. Lucas wants to tell the real story of Halcomb’s faithful departed, but when Halcomb goes back on his promise of granting Lucas exclusive information on the case, he’s left to put the story together on his own. Except he is not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life…and within these walls, they’re far from dead.

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22822881Rain is elemental, mysterious, precious, destructive.

It is the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of the world’s water. Yet this is the first book to tell the story of rain.

Cynthia Barnett’s  Rain  begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science—the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of frog and fish rains—with the human story of our ambition to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River. It offers a glimpse of our «founding forecaster,» Thomas Jefferson, who measured every drizzle long before modern meteorology. Two centuries later, rainy skies would help inspire Morrissey’s mopes and Kurt Cobain’s grunge. Rain is also a travelogue, taking readers to Scotland to tell the surprising story of the mackintosh raincoat, and to India, where villagers extract the scent of rain from the monsoon-drenched earth and turn it into perfume.

Now, after thousands of years spent praying for rain or worshiping it; burning witches at the stake to stop rain or sacrificing small children to bring it; mocking rain with irrigated agriculture and cities built in floodplains; even trying to blast rain out of the sky with mortars meant for war, humanity has finally managed to change the rain. Only not in ways we intended. As climate change upends rainfall patterns and unleashes increasingly severe storms and drought, Barnett shows rain to be a unifying force in a fractured world. Too much and not nearly enough, rain is a conversation we share, and this is a book for everyone who has ever experienced it.

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22694050From the internationally bestselling author of The Accidental Mother, Rowan Coleman, an uplifting and incredibly moving novel in the spirit of Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You, about mothers, daughters, and one woman’s struggle to maintain her identity for the people she loves.

The name of your first-born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address…

What would happen if your memory of these began to fade?

Is it possible to rebuild your life? Raise a family? Fall in love again?

When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have of her. In her mid-40s, Claire is scared and increasingly confused by the world around her, struggling to hold onto her identity as thoughts of her mother, her daughters, and her husband grow fuzzier every day. Fearing what will happen if those memories fade altogether, her family’s gift of a red sketchpad is her most treasured possession. As they fill it with scenes from a joyous life lived together, Claire again experiences the ecstatic highs and terrible lows of a life well lived: full of heartbreak and love, tears and laughter.

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22529162I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.
 
THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.
 
IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW
 
AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free
 
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
 
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
 
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Μερικά από τα παραπάνω βιβλία δεν έχουν εκδοθεί ακόμα αλλά θα κυκλοφορήσουν μέσα στον μήνα. Εμένα μου φάνηκε πολύ ενδιαφέρον το «Within these walls». Εσύ θα διάβαζες κάποιο;