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Go Book Ourselves: Christmas 2014 Edition

Here’s our Christmas haul…

The Sense of an Ending by Frank Kermode, a seminal work of literary criticism – Anna

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, because I’ve never read the books! – Dan

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle, a haunting literary meditation on loneliness and imagination – Rob

Your turn! What books did you get for Christmas?

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

For more tales about life, love, and New York, try these…

Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger for hauntingly accurate depiction of letting your job over-run your life in New York City.

Beastly by Alex Flinn for the tale of a young man punished for his vanity. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast set in contemporary New York. 

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard for frightening look at the lives of young, socialite woman in New York, and the people trying to destroy them. 

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay Mcinerney for an intense story of losing who you are to the party scene and the enthralling draw of Manhattan itself.

The post was guest edited by author Jill Knapp. Her latest novel, We’ve Always Got New York, is out Nov 20. You can find her on Twitter here.

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American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

For more unhinged narrators with disturbing stories to tell, try these…

Tampa by Alissa Nutting for the bold, unflinching portrait of a young female teacher bent on seducing a 14-year old boy.

The Deep Whatsis by Peter Mattei for a dark satire that does for the modern marketing agency what American Psycho did for ‘80s Wall Street.

The Death of Bunny Monro by Nick Cave for the twisted, hilarious, sex-fueled adventures of a door-to-door salesman in the South of England.

The Room by Hubert Selby Jr. for a journey into the mind of a killer, and the sick fantasies of heroism and murder he imagines.

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Go Book Yourself: Rob’s All-Time Top 5 Books

We hit 100,000 followers on Tumblr! To celebrate, each of us are posting our five favourite books. Here are Rob’s picks:

Empyrion by Stephen Lawhead

The Stand by Stephen King

Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold

Noble House by James Clavell

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Rob is a Recommendations Contributor at Go Book Yourself. He’s also the co-founder at Go Cook Yourself. You can find him on Twitter here.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

For whip-smart YA with plenty of heart, try these next…

In Bloom by Matthew Crow for characters a little bit off the beaten track

Trouble by Non Pratt for a superb, moving yet witty look at what happens when life doesn’t go to plan

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews for a fresh, clever, and funny story of friendship

Artistotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz for a coming of age story about finding who you really are

(for chapelier–fou)

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