Best of Books #Giveaway Hop

 

Happy New Year, Fellow Readers!

I had a wonderful reading year in 2016. I hope you did as well. I read 64 books last year so picking my favorite book out of them all was a little difficult. I came across several that were 5 star worthy reads. So after going back and forth through my reading log I settled on Inferno by Dan Brown. I have been a Dan Brown/Professor Langdon fan since the release of The Da Vinci Code.

Inferno, as you can probably guess is based on Dante Alghieri’s book of the same name. This book is Dante’s depiction of hell and the punishments awaiting the wicked. Brown must love Italy because several of his books are based there. I also believe that he does a lot of research in order to give all the details and geography found in his novels.

In this story Professor Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital after being shot in the head. He has no recollection of how he got there or what happened. He doesn’t even recall ever coming to Italy. As he is recovering from his injuries, his doctor is shot in front of him. He is next but his nurse helps him escape. Thus begins a dangerous chase through the streets and museums of Florence.

With the assistance of his brilliant nurse, he tries to put 2 and 2 together. What has this got to do with Dante? He ends up searching for clues in a museum that holds Dante’s death mask. The mask is stolen and Professor Langdon is the last one to have seen it. As the museum closes down because of the theft Professor Langdon has to find a way to escape.

In Inferno Dante describes the levels of sin and punishments in hell. Each level worsens the deeper one descends. The focus in the novel is on the 9th circle. In the 9th circle there is a depiction of the severe overcrowding of the souls condemned to eternity there. Langdon receives a copy of Dante’s drawing of hell, but he realizes that someone has drawn the order differently from the original. He needs to figure out the significance of this alteration and is running out of time.

Interwoven in the plot are a few other seemingly unrelated subplots. Mr. Brown is very good at weaving twists and turns into his novels, none of which are red herrings. All his deviations from the main plot end up coming together. Throw in a big double cross, a world renowned geneticist, a plague that Professor Langdon has to stop from being released, if he can figure out what it is and where to find it, the Swiss Guard hunting him down, and the return of vague memories all combine to make this a non-stop thrill ride through Italy and elsewhere. I couldn’t put this book down. Definitely 5 of 5 stars and 2 thumbs up, to borrow a phrase. One burning question – Where is Dante’s death mask, who stole it, and why?

I am offering a brand new paperback copy of Inferno by Dan Brown to someone to enjoy for the Best Book of 2016! Good luck and happy reading!

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Seeing as I am not the only bibliophile residing in my little popstand, my daughter and general manager, Daphne is going to join the book giveaway too. Take it away Daphne …

Hey, all. Daphne here. I read less books than my mom did (I read 58 to her above-mentioned 64) last year but I enjoyed most everyone I picked up. However, when it came time to choose my favorite read it wasn’t hard at all. I have chosen Caught by Harlan Coben, a book that has turned me into a lifelong fan of his works. A friend of mine has ready many books of his and had been recommending them to me for quite some time. I finally broke down and picked one up and am so glad I did. Caught was a wonderful, suspenseful read about a man who was just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time trying to do a good deed and got into major trouble for it. I would go into a detailed description about it but I think the synopsis does a better job for me:

Reporter Wendy Tynes is making a name for herself, bringing down sexual offenders on nationally televised sting operations. But when social worker Dan Mercer walks into her trap, Wendy gets thrown into a story more complicated than she could ever imagine. Dan is tied to the disappearance of a seventeen-year-old New Jersey girl, and the shocking consequences will have Wendy doubting her instincts about the motives of the people around her, while confronting the true nature of guilt, grief, and her own capacity for forgiveness…

There were so many twists and turns in this novel so many rich, complex characters and no easy answers. I truly never saw the ending coming and usually I can guess endings in most mystery/thriller novels with a fair amount of ease (No, I am not tooting my horn lol).

This paperback copy of Caught is also brand new and I hope if you win it, you enjoy it as much as I did!

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29 comments on “Best of Books #Giveaway Hop

  1. My favorite book of 2016 was girl on the train by Paula Hawkins. It was one of those books that just keeps throwing you for a loop until the very end. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you realize you don’t have a clue. I was actually a little sad when it ended. Such great storytelling.

  2. I enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I love anything she writes and this is part of a series that is a plus@@

  3. I liked Going Postal. It was one of the better DiscWorld books (and the books are fantastic). If you like quirky humor (think Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or Red Dwarf type), this is in that style.

    “Words are important. And when there is a critical mass of them, they change the nature of the universe.”

  4. My favorite book of 2016 was and the Mountains Echoed, I thought it was very well written and the stories stayed with me after I finished them.

  5. My Maker’s Keeper by Tiffany Current was my favorite book from 2016. It had action, romance, vampires, & characters I enjoyed.

  6. My favorite book of the year was This Is Our Song by Samantha Chase because it was a lovely story.

  7. I don’t have any 2016 reads to favorite. I’ve been reading other books though. One I really like the Moonlight Falls by Vincent Zandri.

  8. Girl on the Train is on my book shelf to be read actually. Daphne said the movie was great and she has read the book too. She describes it as you did – that you never know what’s going to come next. I appreciated your comment and I am looking forward even more now to reading Girl on the Train, thanks to your summary. Thanks for visiting and keep reading. – Vicky

  9. I like the title. Would you mind giving a one or 2 line description of the book? I’d like to know more. Thank you for commenting and good luck on the contest. – Vicky

  10. I haven’t heard of this writer before. Would you mind giving me a 1 or 2 line description of the book? I am always interested in discovering new books and authors. Good luck on the contest and thanks for commenting. – Vicky

  11. Would you mind giving a 1 or 2 line description of the book? I am always interested to hear about writers and books I am unfamiliar with. Thanks for your comment and wishing you the best on the contest. – Vicky

  12. That sounds like a really interesting read. Is it fiction or non-fiction? Thank you for visiting and sharing this book I hadn’t heard of before. Good luck on the contest. – Vicky

  13. I like the title. I’ll have to look into it. It was really hard for me to pick my favorite read of the year as well but Inferno was a great one and my daughter Daphne says Caught is amazing too. Thank you for your comment and good luck on the give away! – Vicky

  14. It was hard to really pick a book this year for me also. Would you mind sharing a one to two sentence description of the book you mentioned? That is not a title or author I am familiar with. Thank you for commenting and wishing you the best of luck on the book give away – Vicky

  15. Truthwitch sounds good. Would you mind describing it to me in a couple of sentences? I would appreciate hearing more about it. I enjoy getting recommendations from others. Thank you for visiting and best of luck on the book give away – Vicky

  16. Hopefully this year you will get to read some more and find a book or 2 that you would say is topnotch. Who knows – maybe you’ll win a book during the contest and it will end up being a favorite for 2017. Thanks for commenting. Have a great rest of the week – Vicky

  17. I love the title of the book. Thanks for describing what it’s about. I will have to give it a look-see sometime. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you good luck on the book give away contest. Happy reading – Vicky

  18. I appreciate the recommendation. Would you mind sharing a little bit about what made the book so special? I am always interested in hearing about books and authors I haven’t read before. Thanks for visiting and good look in the contest – Vicky

  19. Love the quote and I have seen Hitchhiker’s Guide many a time on the book shelf but wasn’t sure it was my type of book but now I think I’ll have to check out both books based on your recommendation. Thank you so much. Wishing you good luck in the contest. – Vicky

  20. My favorite book I read in 2016 was The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. The twists in this book were ridiculously good. As soon as I started reading this book, I didn’t put it down until it was finished. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  21. My favorite book was Wrestling for my Life by Shawn Michaels…it took me back to so many memories of one of my favorite wrestlers from high school!

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