Reading Roulette – December!

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Given that I got such a great book out of Reading Roulette in October (Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life), I’ve decided to once again throw myself at your collective mercy and let you pick one of my reads for December. Whether or not I get your choice read and reviewed in December is another matter as the twins are turning four on the 23rd and there is much birthday/ Christmas work to be done!

Here are your options for the second Reading Roulette:

1. Eventide by Kent Haruf

I read Plainsong quite a few years ago, but am amazed at how much of it has stayed with me. I’m excited to read the second instalment in the lives of the McPherson brothers as they adjust to life without Victoria, the single mother they took in to their ranch in Colorado in Plainsong.

2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn needs no introduction, but will her debut novel about a troubled reporter returning to her hometown to investigate a murder wilt in the shadow of Gone Girl?

3. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

I’m not a sports fan. I don’t watch it or play it, but I have been assured that none of that matters with this critically acclaimed novel about baseball.

4. Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub

I know for a fact that I bought this book because of the cover! Let’s see if the story of a young girls rise to fame during the golden years of Hollywood can captivate as much as that cover…..

There you have it. Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear what you think! Voting will be open until Sunday 30 November.

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43 thoughts on “Reading Roulette – December!

  1. The Art of Fielding is brilliant. I loved it. I admit I’m a sports fan but I know zero about baseball – what you’ve heard is true. The sport thing doesn’t matter! It’s just a fantastic book!

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  2. Like Col, I know very little about baseball but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of The Art of Fielding. It’s a very good book, an accomplished debut.

    I absolutely loved Plainsong and Eventide is right up there too, so the Haruf gets my vote.

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  3. I also love the cover of the Laura Lamont thing, so that is why I voted for it. I know very little about baseball, and have never heard of the novel “The Art of Fielding”, so if that is what you end up reading, I’ll be very curious to read your opinion. Although I know little about the game, I still enjoyed Malamud’s ‘The Natural’ (very, very, very different from the film), and the original Shoeless Joe novel that became “Field of Dreams” … and De Lillo’s ‘Underworld’ (which you told me to read) has baseball running through it.

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  4. I’ve banned all books about baseball from the world, so you might find The Art of Fielding has disappeared… 😉

    Having read none of them, I’ve voted for the Gillian Flynn on the grounds that I’d like to read your review of it.

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  5. This was tough for me! I ultimately voted for you to read The Art of Fielding because I think more people need to read this book, but Sharp Objects was a close second. When you do finally read it, I think you will find that Sharp Objects totally holds up but Dark Places is where it’s at when it comes to Flynn. That woman is dark.

    The Art of Fielding was the first (and still the only) book about sports that I’ve ever read. It was fantastic – the baseball stuff is very secondary.

    Can’t wait to hear what you end up reading!

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  6. Woo … I must have got in by the skin of my teeth. It’s well into 1 December here, but must still be 30 November where you are as it let me vote. I went for Haruf. Like you I’ve read Plainsong and nothing else, but readers continue to mention his works and I’d love to read more. I haven’t read Gone girl – though I saw the movie. I rarely read murder books. I can enjoy a sports story and have heard good things about this one. I don’t really know Straub though it sounds interesting.

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