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Seven Books turning 10 in 2015

These seven well known and well-read books are turning ten this year. Yes, they are all around us, on your book shelf, on your friend’s book shelf, on your car’s dashboard, your bathroom shelf, and many all other places you can think of, for a decade now. Have a look:

The first of Larsson’s mysterious and riveting series follows journalist Mikael Blomkvist, hacker Lisbeth Salander and their deep dive into a 40-year-old murder mystery. Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara starred in the 2011 film adaptation, which was nominated for five Academy awards.

The sixth book of the epic series that captivated millions of young minds, J.K. Rowling charts Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts with consummate skill and in breathtaking fashion.

Kafka on the Shore, a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an ageing man called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons he cannot explain.

Intuition is not some magical and mysterious property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. This book shows us how we can hone our instinctive ability to know in an instant, helping us to bring out the best in our thinking and become better decision-makers in our everyday life.

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet.

A tale of deceptive simplicity, Never Let Me Go slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance – and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro’s finest work.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time about a young girl who learns to read and Death. One of the best narrated story.

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29 thoughts on “Seven Books turning 10 in 2015”

  1. I’ve always been meaning to read Kafka on the Shore. I think it’s crazy how much Murakami is influenced by Kafka’s work and by Western authors in general, moreso than his contemporaries, and I think that’s what gives him an edge above other contemporary Japanese authors.

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      1. It’s less surrealism than it is magical realism.. Murakami’s work is absurdist yet still firmly grounded in reality. His edge comes from his style. His writing isn’t so opaquely Japanese like, say, Junichiro Tanizaki or Yukio Mishima. There’s a clear Western influence in his writing, which is quite a break from other Japanese authors.

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  2. So many beautiful books that are still heralded today! Wow. I can’t believe they’ve been out for ten years already. Loved The Book Thief, heartbreaking and very clever.

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