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The Very Best Book Reading List

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For the Very Best Book Reading Contest. My top 5 favourite books (although it was difficult to choose just five). 

City of Thieves

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival -- and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime. During the Nazis' brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible. By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, the New York Times bestseller City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

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Bel Canto

Somewhere in South America, a sumptuous reception given in honor of a powerful Japanese industrialist brings together distinguished guests around the famous American singer Roxane Coss. While the last notes of the Diva's recital are scattered, a band of guerrillas armed to the teeth invades the scene and takes the guests hostage. The president of the country having indicated that he refused to go to the guerrillas, the taking of hostages left to last. As the weeks and months went by, strange relations were forged between the prisoners and the guerrillas as a fragile modus vivendi was established. With remarkable virtuosity, Ann Patchett features characters from very different horizons, separated by the barrier of language and culture, and transforms this closed session into a window open to the world.

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The Tenderness of Wolves

Ten-year anniversary edition of this bestselling book, with exclusive extra content.1867, Canada: as winter tightens its grip on the isolated settlement of Dove River, a man is brutally murdered and a 17-year old boy disappears. Tracks leaving the dead man's cabin head north towards the forest and the tundra beyond. One-by-one various searchers set out from Dove River, pursuing the tracks across a desolate landscape home only to wild animals, madmen and fugitives, variously seeking a murderer, a son, two sisters missing for 17 years, a Native American culture, and a fortune in stolen furs before the snows settle and cover the tracks of the past for good.In this modern classic, Stef Penney deftly weaves adventure, suspense, revelation and humour into a panoramic historical romance, an exhilarating thriller, and keen murder mystery that vividly conjures up the sights and smells of Canada's frontier country.

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