In this edition of Friday Favourites, I’ll be discussing my favourite ‘sticky’ reads. These are stories that stay in my head, long after I’ve finished reading them, making me think about aspects of the story, or intriguing characters, or amazing worlds that have been created. Here are my favourite ‘sticky’ reads:
#1. The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton:
I found this novel intriguing for many reasons, but in particular I found the way in which the mystery unraveled, slowly but surely, with just enough information to keep my interested, absolutely tantalizing. I also found this novel incredibly creepy, although as I’ve mentioned before, I am a cry baby. This story stayed with me for a few months after I’d finished it, and I think it’s because there is no conclusive ending (rather like Inception, for those of you who have seen that movie.) I love stories like that – where an ending is implied, and can be interpreted in a number of ways.
#2. The 100 Year Miracle – Ashley Ream:
This story was not my usual fare (SFF), but it had some mystical/pseudo scientific fare, and while I definitely enjoyed unraveling the mystery of the ‘miracle’ what makes this book ‘sticky’ for me, are the characters. Interestingly, this seems to the element of the novel that is most criticized by readers (at least on Goodreads.) They complain that none of the characters are ‘likeable’, and while that may be true, it’s quite the demand to make for reading and enjoying a story. I don’t need characters to be ‘likeable’ to enjoy a story, but I do need elements of those characters to be relatable, and I found at least one element in each character to be relatable. I found the characters complex, and so very, very human, and that is what has stayed with my from this story.
#3. Speaker For The Dead – Orson Scott Card:
I could (and probably will) write an entire post, just about this book, but it is one of the most haunting and ‘sticky’ novels I have ever read in my life. In fact, I didn’t read another book for six months after I finished Speaker For The Dead, because I just couldn’t get it out of my head. This book had a profound impact on the way I view the world, and more importantly how I perceive my place in the world, and I would recommend it to any reader who is interested in shifting their perspective, and is okay with having their world views challenged, and perhaps fundamentally changed. While I found the characters intriguing, though perhaps a bit aloof (as was the first book in this series, Ender’s Game) it was the world-building itself that stuck most in my mind. This novel is categorized as science fiction, but I have also heard it classified more accurately as Anthropological Science Fiction.
What are your favourite ‘sticky’ reads? Which books stay with you the longest? Tell me in the comments below!
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