The best prize winning novels of the year are always on our minds. Here’s a list of books you should be reading this year, next year, and beyond. We cover a range of topics and genres from science fiction to historical fiction to psychological thrillers. A novel that has had an immense social impact? Or one that has more subtly affected the world?
A list of 5 novels that, for various reasons, have been considered some of the greatest works of literature ever written.
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1. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
The premise of this book is amazing. A man named Harry August who is born in 1919 and dies in a house fire as a baby. Its a book of novel prize winning book.
He then is reborn again in 1920 and lives his life over and over again through World War II and post-war Britain.
When Harry is finally killed in a motorcycle accident. They returns as a baby alive. Except he is growning to be around six inches tall. It has no memory of his birth, and is stressed out by his repetitious existence.
But lucky for Harry, he finds work with a secret government agency. And that takes care of reincarnated souls and lets him use his memories and powers for good.
It’s a clever premise, with plenty of twists and turns at the end. Recommended for mature readers who want an entertaining paranormal mystery.
This novel takes place in an alternate universe in which a global pandemic is never invented. Its causing time travel to become possible.
One of the characters travels back in time from a post-apocalyptic future and ends up stopping an alien invasion — all before the year is out.
As an imaginative novel, this story has a lot going on. Afterward, a new group of characters is brought into the fold, and time very quickly diverges yet again into an alternate future.
What’s great about this novel is that it tackles big issues with original characters, intriguing puzzles, and surprisingly emotional core messages.
Recommended for anyone who wants to read a well-paced, imaginative time travel book with some emotional depth and a clever plot layer. The premise of this novel is a little wacky.
A group of professional soccer players is accidentally sent 10 years into the future where they play in a game that beams humans to their grandparents’ houses. Unfortunately, one of the players has dementia and has to be taken care of far more slowly than his peers.
The rest of the time, he communicates through written notes and casually wanders, like he’s not much interested in anything — including organizing his life.
2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven is set shortly, a time when a pandemic has wiped out most of the world’s population. A Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors travel through a landscape both familiar and strange in this gripping and thought-provoking story. Station Eleven was a finalist for the prestigious PEN/Hemingway Award in 2018.
Thrilling speculative fiction filled with familiar settings and concepts. Recommended for mature readers. On my previous list of best books of the year, I mentioned Stranger Genius, my favorite novel of the year.
My review says it all, and you’ll probably find some similar words of praise on other sites and platforms as well. This is a coming-of-age story following a concept typically found in children’s books, but with fantastic, unexpected twists.
A primary character discovers that he isn’t what he appears to be, and honest exploration of inner turmoil ensues. Recommended for mature readers. There are many a list devoted to Vladimir Nabokov’s canon, but it’s difficult to list a favorite.
3. The Cartographer’s Daughter by Jean Echenoz
The Cartographer’s Daughter is a fictional book about a young cartographer who is trying to find his way in the world and find love. I read this book because I love to travel and wanted to read about traveling.
This book tells the story of a man who travels to places around the world, but also travels within himself and his memories. Every writer needs to start somewhere.
The best way to get started is by reading. And when starting a new book project, I find it hard to resist reading the current bestsellers.
The New York Times Bestseller List is the ultimate list of books everyone wants to read. But it’s hard not to read the books recommended by the New York Times.
Bestsellers list to understand how the bestseller goes hand in hand with the New York Times Bestseller list.
When you’re finished with your second-bestseller, go back to your older books and re-read what you love about those books. Research and learning about writing is a great way to enhance your ability to read better, write smarter, and write for a wider audience. Start with the books recommended by professional writers who are experts in their field.
Find books that are short, sweet, and don’t take a long time to finish. I read about fiction and historical fiction when I’m bored with nonfiction books. Fiction is also the genre that I enjoy the most, but reading historical fiction has opened that door to more nonfiction reading too.
It’s fun to take notes and look up words and concepts in a book. And learning new skills sets you up for bigger and better things in the future.
Start with beginners’ books, self-help books, or books about creativity. The best books help you figure things out about yourself, your life, your relationships, and the world.
Don’t be afraid to surprise yourself because you’re not as smart as you think you are. Read the classics or throw out all your literary self-help books and just read.
4. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
I’ve been rereading David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks because I’m a big fan of his work and it’s the only book I’ve ever read that made me pick up a pen and start writing.
Hence, when the book was published in 2014. I was going through a traumatic breakup, and jotting down.
little New Year’s days spent at a coffee shop during my lunch breaks was incredibly therapeutic.
I kept notes of particular conversations and snippets of conversations I thought were most interesting, which is how the book was born. It’s a beautiful book, full of unforgettable characters and memorable passages.
It’s new to me because it ditches the glitzy trappings of other contemporary novels — whereas I’ve loved recent novels that boast cultural import — in favor of very distinctive artistry.
This creativity allows it to serve as a path toward self-awareness and past trauma. its allowing us to feel more deeply about our current situations.
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Nicola Griffith, who won the Booker Prize for The Astonishing World, has something special too. She’s tackling the topic of racism head-on and doing so with an eye towards originality and methodology.
Racial topics are inherently contentious, and Nicola’s writing draws from her personal experiences with a race to attempt to see shades of grey.
I hadn’t read The Oranges by Samuel Johnson until after I started writing this list. And I’ve now finished the entire manuscript — over 200 pages — because what she writes is remarkable.
It’s one of the first books I read as a child, and it’s the one book on my bedside table to this day. I read it a few times, back when I was a teenager, and I still find it hypnotizing. What matters is that Johnson uses erudite allusions to give his fantastical language an edge.
Like Nicola Griffith, John Banville is a master of wordplay. His poetry can rival anyone’s in sheer inventiveness, and his prose is always spare and spare.
5. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
The story is about how difficult it is to be a woman and how hard it is to be a mother. They never want to be a mother and the never want to be in a relationship where I’m defined by my partner. I thought that book is about how hard it is to be a woman and how hard it is to be a mother.
“After Joyce Carol Oates had raised her children, she migrated West … to become a divorcee … working the night shift to support her husband and baby. Madeira Neves kept her job to see her husband have a child on her own …
“This book makes it clear that Madeira’s desire to be the mother of the child she was not allowed to be was a major factor in his eventual divorce.”
Kat Blaque, Book World Growing up. my dad used to complain that many women who went to college wanted to be doctors or lawyers and didn’t have time to raise their children.
The book unfurls like a great treatise on why women shouldn’t strive for too much. Its should just be the mother of the baby they had, instead of their partner’s partner.
There’s something so incredible and cathartic about a family getting together to celebrate the child’s first steps. This is such a novel idea for a YA novel, I doubt it will get published. But I’m betting it did well because it’s told from the protagonist’s point of view.
The novel is about how radiotherapy changed Ann’s life and her family’s life forever. Ann left her husband to care for their son and struggled with feeling like.
she was the one responsible for helping him cope with the stress.
The novel describes how each new day brought new troubles and that your, “best days. And of the ones where you least expect them, once you have lived through them.”
In conclusion, If you can tap into whatever surges of a feeling of joy that come out of nothing. then you can create your own lives, your moments, your truths.