Some great (and not so great) summer reading

A Listmania! list by Charlie Thompson
 
Life And Fate
1.  Life And Fate by Vasily Grossman
The list author says:
  "Most types of modern novel will seem insubstantial and thin after this one. Not as weighty as the period settings suggest, it's an old-fashioned gem of a book that tackles universal themes."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
2.  The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The list author says:
  "Extraordinary and beautifully written journey into the history of the Big C. There's no better chance to 'know the enemy', I say."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

The House of Silk: The New Sherlock Holmes Novel (Sherlock Holmes Novel 1)
3.  The House of Silk: The New Sherlock Holmes Novel (Sherlock Holmes Novel 1) by Anthony Horowitz
The list author says:
  "Convincing pastiche of Conan Doyle, with a solid plot and some modern perspectives thrown in."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)

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Freedom
4.  Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The list author says:
  "Patchy but occasionally insightful successor to the hugely popular 'The Corrections'."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Valley of Unknowing
5.  The Valley of Unknowing by Philip Sington
The list author says:
  "Beautifully told story of love, jealousy, betrayal and plumbing, set in the twilight years of East Germany. An excellent read."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics)
6.  Alone in Berlin (Penguin Modern Classics) by Geoff Wilkes
The list author says:
  "Alarming German tale of a couple who get fed up with Hitler and attempt to protest. You want to shout at them: "Don't do it!" But they did..."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1)
7.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy Book 1) by Stieg Larsson
The list author says:
  "Engrossing Scandinavian crime thriller; nice to contrast with Henning Mankell."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,789 customer reviews) | 14 customer discussions

One Day
8.  One Day by David Nicholls
The list author says:
  "Easy holiday read about growing up and growing apart, with a novel structure involving anniversaries."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,684 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Room
9.  Room by Emma Donoghue
The list author says:
  "Claustrophobic thriller about a captive mother trying to raise a child to be 'normal'. Tightly written, but Natascha Kampusch's imminent autobiog may make fictional accounts seem inappropriate."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,319 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Bring Up the Bodies
10.  Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The list author says:
  "Middle instalment of this wordy but gripping Tudor trilogy about the Machiavellian Richard Cromwell."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,265 customer reviews)

War Horse
11.  War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
The list author says:
  "Powerful horse's-eye-view of the Western Front. Low on gore, but high on spirit. Great for teen readers."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (856 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Bad Science
12.  Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
The list author says:
  "Put an end to ridiculous health scare misery with this easy-to-swallow book."
6.20   Used & New from: 0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (575 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Parrot and Olivier in America
13.  Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
The list author says:
  "Light, comical, wordy historical novel about early 19th century America. Mostly very engaging."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Before I Go To Sleep
14.  Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson
The list author says:
  "Interestingly weird thriller about a woman who forgets everything, every night...."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,531 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
15.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
The list author says:
  "Whimsical (or self-consciously quaint) book of letters about post-occupation Guernsey in 1946. Gentle and quite charming, although plagued with linguistic and social anachronisms."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (755 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Red House
16.  The Red House by Mark Haddon
The list author says:
  "Polished but less than compelling tale of a family in conflict (aren't they all?)"
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)

A Visit From the Goon Squad
17.  A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The list author says:
  "To win a Pulitzer with a volume of connected short stories (kind of) is a feat. Worth checking out because some people adore this book."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

The Marriage Plot
18.  The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The list author says:
  "Quirky dissection of an American family. Great in part. Overall, patchy."
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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan
19.  I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan by Alan Partridge
The list author says:
  "Enjoyable reincarnation of the oafish chat show host; a kind of 21st Century Pooter without the redeeming features."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Pigeon English
20.  Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
The list author says:
  "Touching boyhood account of the immigrant's lot in England."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
21.  The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The list author says:
  "Understated child's-eye-view of the Holocaust."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (728 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Paris Wife
22.  The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
The list author says:
  "Entertaining voyage through Hemingway's Paris."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)

The Catcher in the Rye
23.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. Salinger
The list author says:
  "If you're much more than 25 and haven't read this yet, it's too late. Believe me."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Sense of an Ending
24.  The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The list author says:
  "Short Booker winner that meditates on advancing age with mixed results, but some lovely moments."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (551 customer reviews)

The Kashmir Shawl
25.  The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas
The list author says:
  "Affecting story of war-torn Kashmir. Takes some getting into, but rewards the effort."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (556 customer reviews)

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