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I’ve been reading … popular fiction

I’ve been reading … popular fiction

I’ve been reading … popular fiction

 This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series 2015 Reading Review

I love reading fiction, so in addition to numerous Christian books that I’ve read over the course of the year, I’ve been able to grab hold of these and read them.

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I got “Perfect” for free on Kindle, and read it because of enjoying “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”. It wasn’t the same; and, when I thought about it, I realised I hadn’t enjoyed the latter as much as I thought I had. If you loved the latter, you may well love this book from the same author.

“Station Eleven” was a fascinating post-apocolyptic drama, which was well written and drew me in. “I am Pilgrim” was long, but beat along at a pretty good pace.

My great love of John Le Carré meant that I would inevitably read one of his – “A Murder of Quality” is not his best (more a murder-mystery than a spy thriller, despite giving a starring role to George Smiley) but still a good read. In an effort to find someone else to read when I’ve finished all of Le Carré’s books, I got hold of “SS-GB” by Len Deighton. It reminded me of Le Carré, but with less humour. I may well read more of his, but I’ve got plenty more Le Carré to work through first…


The Martian by Andy Weir was my top fiction recommendation for 2015. I first found out about it by spotting a trailer for the forthcoming film (which is also excellent), and was glad to have bought the book. Apart from some pretty bad language all the way through, it’s an excellent thriller.

It’s sci-fi without being too fantastical (no aliens, for example), and had an amazing attention to detail. While many (most?) have criticised it for being too scientific, I personally found the protagonists explanations of how he solved various problems to be one of the things that drew me to the text the most! My flatmate has recently suggested I’ll never read it again, but it’s the fiction book out of all those I read last year that I think I’m most likely to return to again…

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