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BTT: “Best” Recent Read

There has been a series of BTT questions over the past several weeks which, unfortunately, I have not had a chance to participate: What is the funniest – most serious – worst book you have read recently. Today’s question asks:
What’s the best book you’ve read recently?

I think I can narrow my choice to two recent reads. My first choice would be The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, primarily because it was my most recent read and I thoroughly enjoyed it (you can find my review here). I liked this book on so many levels, not the least of which is that it is told from Enzo’s Point of View, a wonderfully loyal dog who garnered my sympathy right off the bat. The story has other memorable characters and well-developed, classic themes such as love and friendship. I am sure that this book will be one of my top 10 reads for 2009.

The second book that would qualify as a favorite recent read would have to be The Help by Kathryn Stockett (review found here). It has been nearly 5 months since I read this novel and I still find myself thinking about life in Mississippi in the early 1960s and the memorable voice of Aibileen. This is another book that will definitely make the list of this year’s top 10 favorite reads.

So how about you, have you read either one of these books? What did you think? What are your favorite books of the year so far?

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