What were the most unique books you read this year and what made them memorable for you? Did you read anything outside of your comfort zone? were super weird, characters you disliked, book award winners (from this year) you read and didn’t like, books you didn’t think you would like, but you did. For this topic, we’re looking at the most annoying characters in some of the books we read (and liked).
❧ Kim –
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers
This is a science fiction book but not at all like other science fiction I’ve read. I mean, I was crying at the end- not exactly something I expect to have happen when I read science fiction. It was really such a great bunch of characters and I loved their journey together.
The Chemist, Stephanie Meyer
This was a book that really surprised me. It’s not exactly unique, but the fact that Stephanie Meyer wrote it, is worth noting. I’m one of those people who read Twilight before all the hype and liked it. After it got a bad rap, I could see why, but I still enjoyed it for the fact that it had rekindled a love of reading in me. So anyway, I was interested to see what else Stephanie Meyer could bring to the table. Turns out, I liked the Chemist so much that I recommended it to my husband and he really enjoyed it as well!
❧ Tanya– Let’s chat – have you read any books with annoying characters this year? I’ve read quite a few …
Ghachar Ghochar, Vivek Shanbhag, Translated by Srinath Perur
The unnamed main character is so spineless and lazy! Even he knows it! But this is a short book – a novella – and it’s an interesting read.
A young man’s close-knit family is nearly destitute when his uncle founds a successful spice company, changing their fortunes overnight. As they move from a cramped, ant-infested shack to a larger house on the other side of Bangalore, India, and try to adjust to a new way of life, allegiances realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background. Things become “ghachar ghochar” – a nonsense phrase uttered by one of the characters that comes to mean something tangled beyond repair.
Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough
Louis – oh my gosh – you get so, so played! She wasn’t annoying exacctly, but it was annoying to see how thoroughly she “drank the Kool Aid” of Adele – the wife to her boss and lover.
Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar. And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David.
So tell us – which were your memorable reads this year and why? Did you read any books with annoying characters? If you’re participating in #AMonthofFaves – add your blog post (or social media link) to the linky below.