Well, we have made it to the grand finale of this year’s book brawl. All The Light We cannot See swept Q3, but will it be named this year’s supreme champion? Let’s find out. Here what went down in the final quarter of the year.
In October, I read six books:
- The murder of Roger Ackroyd by: Agatha Christie
- The Lost Painting by: Jonathan Harr
- The Enchantress of Numbers by: Jennifer Chiaverini
- Silver Chair by: C.S. Lewis
- The Gatehouse by: Nelson DeMille
- The Pirates! In Adventure with Ahab by: Gideon Defore
This was a motley crew of books. I enjoyed The Lost Painting. It is a non-fiction tale of discovering a lost Caravaggio, for an art nerd like me it was fascinating. I also enjoyed Pirates and The Gatehouse. These were very different reads, but both were interesting. The Enchantress and Silver Chair we okay but not my top picks.
The clear winner for this month was The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. The queen of mystery really proves her status in this story. However, even though I loved this book I do believe that All the Light has to win the brawl, but if you like mysteries Ms. Christie is your gal.
In November, I read six books:
- Lethal White by: Robert Galbraith
- The Last Battle by: C.S. Lewis
- Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee
- Six of Crows by: Leigh Bardugo
- Our Chemical Hearts by: Krystal Sutherland
- Neverwhere by: Neil Gaiman
This month was pretty good. The only book I did not care for was The Last Battle It was a disappointing ending to the Chronicles of Narnia and the religious overtones became overbearingly strong.
Emily and Einstein, Our Chemical Hearts, and Neverwhere were overall good and enjoyable books, but each had an aspect that caused these books to go from great to just good. In Emily it was the concept of a asshole human redeeming himself as a dog. Our Chemical Hearts distills love in a way I’m not super crazy about. And Neverwhere was the best of Gaimen’s work I’ve read yet, but there were a few holes I wanted filled in.
Lethal White and Six of Crows are the stand out books of the month. I thoroughly enjoyed both and highly recommend them. After much consideration, I would have to say that Six of Crows take the month. A fantasy heist is something new and different. I loved it.
A brawl between Six and All the Light is strange. Six was fun, exciting, gripping everything I loved in a book, but All the Light was beautiful and possesses a quality I have yet to find words to describe and thus, All the Light Wins.
In December, I read/am reading six books:
- Alone on the Wall by: Alex Honnold and David Roberts
- A Christmas Carol and Other Writings by: Charles Dickens
- The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
- The Address by: Fiona Davis
- The Deal of a Lifetime by: Fredrick Backman
- Circling the Sun by: Paula McLain
Overall it was a pretty good month. Alone was definitely a book for rock climbers, but for those into the sport quite interesting. I enjoyed the Christmas Carol thoroughly, but could have easily skipped the other writings part. The Deal of a Lifetime is a novella and honestly, I don’t know how I feel about it. It’s difficult to describe.
The Address started and ended strong the middle became a bit troublesome for me, but ultimately a good read. I’m enjoying Circling the Sun but because I have yet to finish it, it won’t have much bearing in this choice.
The clear and ultimate winner for this month is The Bonfire of the Vanities. This is one heck of a book that is strikingly relevant to our modern times despite having been originally published in 1987. It’s a lengthy book, but intricately crafted.
In this final brawl, I am faced with the toughest decision, but I refuse to be lame and all it a draw, so I’ve done some serious mediating and decided that the winner of the Book Brawl in 2018 is….
All the Light We Cannot See
I just can’t get past the beauty and wonder of this book and so despite some remarkably stiff competition, it is this year’s champion.
Which book would win your “best book of the year award”?
Until next time, happy reading!