Recommended English books

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The Read Around The World Challenge is a global challenge. Anyone can join the challenge from anywhere in the world in any language they want. This is the list of all English books added by participants of this reading challenge.


The Seventh Function of Language : A Novel by Laurent Binet EN

Rating: 3     9 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
From the prizewinning author of HHhH, “the most insolent novel of the year” (L’Express) Paris, 1980. The literary critic Roland Barthes dies—struck by a laundry van—after lunch with the presidential candidate François Mitterand. The world of letters mourns a tragic accident. But what if it wasn’t an accident at all? What if Barthes was . . . murdered? In The Seventh Function of Language, Laurent Binet spins a madcap secret history of the French intelligentsia, starring such luminaries as Jacques Derrida, Umberto Eco, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Julia Kristeva—as well as... continue
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022


The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste EN

Rating: 3     6 Votes
Country: Africa / Ethiopia flag Ethiopia
A gripping novel set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record. With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane and his wife Aster’s household. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade. His initial kindness to Hirut shifts into a flinty cruelty when she resists his advances, and Hirut finds... continue
Recommended: 20 Apr 2022


The shadow of the wind by Carlos ruuz zafon EN

Rating: 4     23 Votes
Country: Europe / Spain flag Spain
Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a chara... continue
Recommended: 14 Jan 2018

The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Spain flag Spain
The Shadow of the Wind is a mesmerising love story and literary thriller, which twists and turns and enthralls with its cast of vengeful souls, threatening spectres and innocent hearts. It is 1945 and Barcelona is enduring the long aftermath of civil war when Daniel Sempere’s bookseller father decides his son is old enough to visit the secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books. There Daniel must ‘adopt’ a single book, promising to care for it and keep it alive always. His choice falls on The Shadow of the Wind. Bewitched, he embarks on an epic quest to find the truth about Julian Carax, the book’s my... continue
Recommended: 08 May 2023

La Forma Dell'acqua

The Shape of Water (La Forma Dell'acqua) by Andrea Camilleri EN

Rating: 3.5     55 Votes
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Silvio Lupanello, a big shot in the village of Vigta, is found dead in his car in a rough part of town frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers. Enter Inspector Salvo Montalbano. With his mix of humor, cynicism, compassion, and love of good food, Montalbano goes into battle against the powerful and the corrupt who block his path to the real killer.
Genre Crime
Recommended: 17 May 2023


The Sharks by Jens Bjorneboe EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Norway flag Norway
Set at the end of last century, The Sharks is a thrilling tale of mutiny and shipwreck, which bears comparison with Melville's Moby Dick or Conrad's Typhoon in its suspense and its evocation of the fascination of the sea. It is also the story of mankind's voyage into the twentieth century, suspended between the empty skies and the bottomless depths, dreadfully aware of its potential for self destruction but clinging to a belief in the preservation of a fragile humanity. The narrator, Peder Jensen, is both competent second mate and unworldly philosopher, whose brain 'lacks walls, a floor and a ... continue
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

The She-Devil in the mirror

The She-Devil in the mirror by Horacio Castellanos Moya EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Genre Adult
Recommended: 19 Nov 2022


The Shell : Memoirs of a Hidden Observer by Moustafa Khalifa EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Syria flag Syria
?The work of a moder-day Sozhenitsyn that exposes acts of violence and brutality committed by the Syrian regime. This compelling first novel is the astonishing story of a Syrian political prisoner of consciencean atheist mistaken for a radical Islamistwho was locked up for 13 years without trial in one of the most notorious prisons in the Middle East. The novel takes the form of a diary which Musa keeps in his head and then writes down upon his release. In Tadmur prison, the mood is naturally bleak and yet often very beautifully captured. The narrator, a young graduate, is defiant and stoical,... continue
Recommended: 26 Jul 2022

The Shipping News

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
This title is also available as a film_


The Shortest History of Germany by James Hawes EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Europe / Germany flag Germany
Recommended: 10 Jan 2023


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