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Ironically, I chose to major in English in college because I loved reading books. It didn't take me long to realize that, although I read hundreds of literary works each semester, I rarely had time to read books for fun. Now that I've graduated, I have the time to read books of my own choosing. As much as I reveled in Shakespeare's tragedies and women's 19th-century literature, I couldn't be more overjoyed to pick my own books now. The only problem I face is that I don't really know where to start my search for compelling books.
October's crop of recommended reading provides both warnings and wisdom from the past, with a deftly executed novella about Europe's freefall into the Second World War and an anthology of eye-opening missives from history's good, bad and ugly. Elsewhere, we follow a compelling Nigerian tale of sisterly love and mass murder, and take our seats aboard the magical sleigh, Frostheart. Hitler's manipulative, insidious path to Austrian invasion told with dead-pan documentary realism and deliciously understated irony, The Order of the Day is a mordantly funny and darkly disturbing novella. Curated with immense skill and eye for intriguing juxtapositions by Simon Sebag Montefiore , the one hundred plus letters contained within Written in History provide a fascinating window into the private and public lives of history's greatest figures. Arranged thematically this collection of correspondence provides an enlightening parallel narrative to the linear march of conventional history, and includes missives by everybody from Rameses to Trump, by way of Elizabeth I and Nelson Mandela. Sharp, menacing and darkly funny, this debut novel from Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite is not just an inventive take on the serial-murder thriller but also a tender examination of sibling relationships in an oppressively patriarchal society.
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