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Five-Star Books Read in 2015

Songbook by Nick Hornby:  “All I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don’t like them as much as I do.” —Nick Hornby, from  Songbook.   Songs, songwriters, and why and how they get under our skin… Songbook  is Nick Hornby’s labor of love. A shrewd, funny, and completely unique collection of musings on pop music, why it’s good, what makes us listen and love it, and the ways in which it attaches itself to our lives—all with the beat of a perfectly mastered mix tape.  I thought that I had only started this years ago and left it unfinished, but according to Goodreads I had it marked as read. I had almost no memory of it, which is weird because on this read-through I was utterly captivated. I started reading it at physio and was cracking my face in half smiling, welling up with tears and laughing out loud within the first few pages (which caused the man on th

Four Star Books Read in 2015: Genre and Fiction

Genre: Fly By Night  by Frances Hardinge:  Twelve-year-old Mosca Mye hasn't got much. Her cruel uncle keeps her locked up in his mill, and her only friend is her pet goose, Saracen, who'll bite anything that crosses his path. But she does have one small, rare thing: the ability to read. She doesn't know it yet, but in a world where books are dangerous things, this gift will change her life. Enter Eponymous Clent, a smooth-talking con man who seems to love words nearly as much as Mosca herself. Soon Mosca and Clent are living a life of deceit and danger -- discovering secret societies, following shady characters onto floating coffeehouses, and entangling themselves with crazed dukes and double-crossing racketeers. It would be exactly the kind of tale Mosca has always longed to take part in, until she learns that her one true love -- words -- may be the death of her.   For the past two years it's been kind of a tradition for me to read a Frances Hardinge book on th