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What’s The Last Novel You Read?

Today’s Monday Question is simple:

What’s the last novel you read?

I don’t have much to say on this one because you probably already know the answer if you read the blog daily.

Just last week, I reviewed The Confessions of Nat Turner. It’s a great novel if you don’t mind some clunky narration by William Styron. That’s the only drawback. Confessions is an intense and moving novel.

So what about you—what’s the last novel you read? Did you like it? And would you recommend it?

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  1. Currently reading A Feast For Crows. I like all of the Game of Thrones novels.

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    November 3, 2014
  2. Brandon #

    Last novel I read was House of Leaves, and I’d definitely recommend it. I was hesitant initially because I thought the execution of the novel would be goofy, but it was really well done.

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    November 3, 2014
  3. I recently finished Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, and loved it. Definitely recommend!

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    November 3, 2014
  4. Loving East of Eden by Steinbeck. It took a while for me to engage, but now I am only a few chapters away from the end and I’m sad that it will be over.

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    November 3, 2014
    • I’ve heard that one might be his best. How do you compare it GOW, Of Mice and Men, etc?

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      November 3, 2014
  5. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. Creepy!

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    November 3, 2014
  6. I am currently reading Under The Dome by Stephen King totally worth my time. I love it!

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    November 3, 2014
  7. Deborah #

    Just finished “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt – loved it and would definitely recommend it.

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    November 3, 2014
    • TheNorthStar #

      Oooo I’ve read that. It’s really good. I also liked her other two novels, ‘The Secret History’ and ‘The Little Friend’. 😊

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      November 8, 2014
  8. I read Gone With The Wind some time back and to be honest, I was totally carried away with its wind into another world. The book filled up my heart and for sometime there, I experienced a book hangover. That’s when I picked up it’s sequel Scarlett which was another appealing work.

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    November 3, 2014
  9. Lucille #

    I just finished a wonderful book based on the life and times of Caesar Augustus, titled simply Augustus, by John Williams. It won the National Book Award in 1973 and has recently been reissued by NYRB.

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    November 3, 2014
  10. teresa #

    The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.

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    November 3, 2014
  11. Currently trying to read Umberto Eco’s ‘The Prague Cemetery’ and Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’. Prague cemetery is off to a good but confusing start, and the layout of Utopia is very unique.

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    November 3, 2014
  12. The Reiver’s by William Faulkner. Three unlikely companions on a 4 day misadventure told through the eyes of an 11 year old boy – recommend!

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    November 3, 2014
  13. Pastoral by Andre Alexis.

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    November 3, 2014
  14. benbatz #

    The Road by Cormack MacCarthy. I was so intrigued by what seemed to be a monotonous story. Haunting and well written. Nicely coupled with the tv show The Walking Dead.

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    November 3, 2014
  15. I’m reading Books Burn Badly by Manuel Rivas and I’ve been struggling with it. I can’t make up my mind if I haven’t been concentrating properly or if it just isn’t as good as I was hoping. It has some really beautiful poetical ‘stop you in your tracks’ sentences but as a whole I think it hasn’t really engaged my heart.

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    November 3, 2014
    • Haven’t heard of it but that’s a great title.

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      November 3, 2014
  16. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. One of my favorite authors, and another one of those books that, for me, I couldn’t put down.

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    November 3, 2014
  17. Cress by Marissa Meyer

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    November 3, 2014
  18. I just read Paulo Coelho’s Adultery and it confirmed my belief that often men, writing women protagonists, get it wrong.

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    November 3, 2014
  19. Susan #

    I just finished Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. I strongly recommend this for any fantasy fan. Start with The Way of Kings (which Amazon is offering for free for the kindle, for you e-reader types 😉

    Really, WoR has nearly sold me on getting an e-reader – this thing is huge! Gorgeous artwork though, so it’s worth getting in hardback.

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    November 3, 2014
  20. I am rereading the Harry Potter series so it is the Chamber of Secrets!

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    November 3, 2014
  21. Reblogged this on FreePress.

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    November 3, 2014
  22. Just finished The Road by Cormac McCarthy, started reading In Cold Blood by Capote.

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    November 3, 2014
  23. The last novel I read was Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding. I’m currently reading Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.

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    November 3, 2014
  24. The last novel I read was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, which I would defiantly recommend to anyone who hasn’t read it.

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    November 3, 2014
  25. Reblogged this on The Book Worm Chronicles and commented:
    I’m curious about what my fellow bookworms read last, and this article summed it up pretty well. You know the last book I read, now what is the last book you read?

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    November 3, 2014
  26. This year mostly I have been reading short stories. Lots of them. I recently read two of my favorite novels, “The Great Gatsby” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Both are great books. Other than that, this year I read Lorrie Moore’s book of short stories, “Bark”. It is well worth the read.

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    November 3, 2014
  27. Tinkers by Paul Harding. Framed by horology, it is a poignant tale of dying man’s memories of his enigmatic father and a cosmic meditation on life. Recommend!

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    November 3, 2014
  28. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Improves on his ambitious formula made famous in Cloud Atlas. He didn’t quite hit the top tier, but still a great read, and so impressive. I give him full credit for his originality and talent.

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    November 3, 2014
  29. Laura Gómez Ceballo #

    Last novel i read was The Book Thief, different from what i usually read. In my opinion a very good novel, totally recommend it.
    I am currently reading the classic Hopscotch by Cortázar.

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    November 3, 2014
  30. Gone Girl!

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    November 3, 2014
  31. The Keep by Jennifer Egan. Very good! On to The Angle of Incidence by Alex Benzie. Gorgeous writing!

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    November 3, 2014
  32. I am currently reading “Oil” by Upton Sinclair. It is a bit slow, but worth it. Prior to that, I read “Rough Country” by John Sanford, which is a decent mystery/crime book, if you’re in to that sort of thing.

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    November 3, 2014
  33. myitzuthame #

    Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore!

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    November 3, 2014
  34. We Are Water by Wally Lamb. Would absolutely recommend it, with some caveats. It deals with some incredibly difficult subject matter so it’s not a blanket recommendation for everyone. But certain people (the kind that love to read depressing books) would probably love it. Wally Lamb is an excellent writer but he writes some difficult books.

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    November 3, 2014
  35. It was a novella, a little light reading: “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Tolstoy. Humor and terror. Great combination.

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    November 3, 2014
  36. Denise #

    I just finished “Dear Fatty” by the incomparable Dawn French. It was a great read and super funny. I absolutely recommend it to everyone. Thanks for asking.

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    November 3, 2014
  37. A Farewell to Arms. I would recommend it to older readers–but not to high school students (I read it on HS and missed more than I got).

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    November 3, 2014
  38. The last novel I read to teach was Great Expectations. Last novel I read for fun – Eleanor and Park. Not that Great Expectations isn’t loads of fun…

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    November 3, 2014
  39. Nathan Bernard #

    The last I read was Flow my Tears the Policeman Said, by Philip K Dick. It wasn’t my favorite by him, but was still an excellent book. I loved the way it ended (especially the last sentence) It made me smile : )

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    November 3, 2014
  40. EddieB #

    Gone by Randy Wayne White. The first Hannah Smith novel. It was very good.

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    November 3, 2014
  41. I’m reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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    November 3, 2014
  42. I read J by Howard Jacobson. A great read for fans of dystopian literature: intelligent and compelling.

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    November 3, 2014
  43. Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss. It’s not a new favorite book, but it was good, and I’d recommend it if you like historic fiction.

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    November 3, 2014
  44. ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ (phew!) I review each book with a 10-word review. Currently reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

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    November 3, 2014
  45. suddenlysonder #

    The last novel I read was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It is now in my list of favourite books and I recommend it.

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    November 3, 2014
  46. maivdiblo #

    Frankenstein.

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    November 3, 2014
  47. “The Manchester Rebels” by W. Harrison Ainsworth. I did quite a bit of work on this at Distributed Proofreaders for the Project Gutenberg edition, available now. One of Ainsworth’s later works, it lacks much of the lusty vigor of his earlier novels, while retaining much of the sentimentality. Still, the prose flows from a practiced hand, and it sweeps the reader along quickly. I recommend it, but not above “Rookwood”, or “The Star-Chamber”, or “The Tower of London”.

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    November 3, 2014
  48. The last novel I read cover-to-cover was To Kill a Mockingbird, and that was a reread. I’m still as in love with that book as I was the first time I read it!

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    November 3, 2014
  49. J.E. Fountain #

    I just finished Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry, quite accidentally a day or two before Halloween. I wouldn’t say I liked it, but it is interesting, and I would recommend it…if you don’t mind being depressed out of your mind for a bit. My full review: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2014/10/under-volcano-by-malcolm-lowry-32-down.html

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    November 3, 2014
  50. I recently finished The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. He rambled a bit, which made it hard to follow, but it provided an interesting perspective of the time period and the difficulties faced even after the Emancipation Proclamation.

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    November 3, 2014
  51. ‘The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson – very entertaining.

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    November 3, 2014
  52. The last book I read was Sea of Monsters from the Percy Jackson series. I liked it, and I would recommend it if you’re into children’s/YA fiction. I partly read it for research on children’s books. I’m reading George Elliot’s The Mill on the Floss now.

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    November 3, 2014
    • Anne #

      My 11 year old daughter loves this series – when we were in Greece a month ago, she amazed the locals with her knowledge of the Greek Gods! 🙂

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      November 6, 2014
    • I love the Percy Jackson Series! My University offers a Young Adult Literature class and The Lightning Theif ( The first novel of the series) started a really fun class discussion. I recommend it to people of all ages! It’s a fun read, well written and provides accurate information on Greek mythology!

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      November 6, 2014
  53. Booksareforever #

    Being a college freshman, I barely have time to breathe. The most recent book I’ve read was Fault in our stars and in my honest opinion that book doesn’t need an explanation.

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    November 3, 2014
  54. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. For Halloween!

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    November 3, 2014
  55. I’ve just finished reading Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb and I have now started the third book of the series Assassin’s Quest. Highly recommend this series.

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    November 3, 2014
  56. I finished “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” yesterday. And yes, I liked it a lot and would recommend it. It’s just about… life.

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    November 3, 2014
  57. Just finished Last of the Mohicans. I decided to read it because I love the movie, the book however is a different story. It was ok, but nothing I would rave about. And definitely a little racist.

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    November 3, 2014
  58. ‘Us’ by David Nicholls, great!

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    November 4, 2014
  59. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, loved it! Unexpected twist at the very end 🙂

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    November 4, 2014
  60. Sydney Lauro #

    Pages away from finishing “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. If you like dystopia, this is about as good as it gets (aside from Orwell’s “1984”).

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    November 4, 2014
  61. I noticed slaughter house 5 in that pile, I just finished reading it!

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    November 4, 2014
    • Anne #

      Amazing book!

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      November 6, 2014
    • TheNorthStar #

      That book is fantastic.

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      November 8, 2014
  62. Big Little Lies was the last one I read. Right now I’m reading two books– a novel (Anansi Boys) and a psych book (The Happiness Advantage).

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    November 4, 2014
  63. Big Minds, Slow Hearts #

    Reblogged this on Big Minds, Slow Hearts.

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    November 4, 2014
  64. I just finished A Moveable Feast by Hemingway and I really enjoyed it, more so than other things I have read of his.

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    November 4, 2014
  65. Dave Egger’s “The Circle.” Great read about pressing issues and comedic.

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    November 4, 2014
  66. Doris Lessing’s ”The Golden Notebook”…..a beautiful novel on the fragmentation in life..

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    November 4, 2014
  67. nivedhamohanan #

    Finished silent witness. Richard North Patterson. I strongly recommend this for all mystery lovers. Unexpected.

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    November 5, 2014
  68. I finished Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters the other day, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, it’s a kids book, but it was fast paced and exciting. If a kids book can make an adult feel that way, that’s got to be a good sign, right?

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    November 5, 2014
    • Anne #

      My 11 year old daughter LOVES that series!

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      November 6, 2014
  69. Gerald Griffin ‘The Collegians’ – one of the first novels to involve a murder…

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    November 5, 2014
  70. The last novel I read was “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. Currently reading “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith!

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    November 5, 2014
    • Anne #

      Heart of Darkness is one of my all time favs.

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      November 6, 2014
      • The final pages were just amazingly written, I just cringed the whole book ’cause… to much racism for my taste xD. But what can you do, right?

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        November 6, 2014
  71. Just finished reading Dear Life by Alice Munro. Not a novel but a book of excellent short stories. Before that it was Mary Coin by Marisa Silver, which I enjoyed very much!

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    November 5, 2014
    • Anne #

      Read that just a few months ago – wonderful collection of stories!

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      November 6, 2014
  72. Anne #

    Icelandic book, Himnaríki og helvíti by Jón Kalman Stefánsson. Now reading The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

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    November 6, 2014
  73. I just finished reading Shakespeare’s King Lear. It was a bit difficult but I’m looking forward to writing my paper on it. I plan on talking about how the play explores the connection between insanity and atheism by use of foil characters.

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    November 6, 2014
  74. Red-Clock #

    The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq- i didn’t sleep for days

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    November 6, 2014
  75. africanraingod #

    I just finished Premonitions by Jamie Schultz. It was a real good read. I never thought noir would mix with magic and demons but it works very well. I recommend it to every one. http://www.indiepublisherbookstore.com

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    November 7, 2014
  76. TheNorthStar #

    ‘The Secret Agent’ by Joseph Conrad. Now reading ‘The Longest Journey’ by EM Forster. 😃

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    November 8, 2014
  77. Reblogged this on YOUNG.

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    November 8, 2014
  78. stonthat #

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Another great work by one of my favorite authors.

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    November 9, 2014
  79. On writing: memoirs of the craft by Stephen king. Every aspiring writer should read it.

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    November 9, 2014
  80. Reblogged this on edwards1gigi.

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    November 20, 2014
  81. My last novel was Game of
    Thrones ,currently reading Clash of the Kings (of the same series) along with Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.

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    November 26, 2014
  82. Galveston. I am reading Canada by Richard Ford at the moment.

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    December 20, 2014

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