Sample Saturday – three from a ‘Best of 2016’ list


Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

All three samples this week came from the Best Fiction of 2016 list, according to Publishers Weekly.

One Hundred Twenty-One Days by Michèle Audin

Summary: The story of French mathematicians and their lives through World Wars I and II.

I’m thinking: No – too much going on with different narrative styles.

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

Summary: A guy looking for a casual encounter meets charismatic hustler, Mitko. He returns to Mitko again and again, and their trysts grow increasingly unnerving.

I’m thinking: No – despite the intriguing beginning, I didn’t love the style.

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Summary: 1944, twin sisters separated from each other at Auschwitz.

I’m thinking: Yes, it will crush me, but yes.






10 responses

  1. You’re a braver women than me. I’m avoiding difficult reads given the events that have rolled out through 2016 – nothing compared with 1944 unless you live in Syria, of course. Pathetic, I know.

  2. I haven’t read any of these, but have heard of Mischling and the Greenwell. I’ve heard mixed reports on Mischling…that it does indeed crush you, but that it’s also kind of a slog to get through. Again, that’s second hand info.

  3. I need to do this with some of the print copies I’ve received lately as I’ve received a lot I didn’t request and a lot I’m really not that keen to read – but of course I feel obliged to make some effort. Or find them a worthy home. (I usually donate them!)

  4. I am now the proud owner of a brand new kindle, so I get this post so much better than i would have a week go. I love that you can sample at leisure rather than furiously in the corner of a bookshop!

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