Thursday, May 24, 2018

Books from the Backlog #9


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week's neglected book


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Release Date: June 17, 2003
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.

Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher’s mind.

And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the freshest debuts in years: a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
Why did I add The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to my bookshelf?

I am not sure how long this one has been sitting on my shelf at home.  I was at a book fair a couple of weeks ago and had a copy of this book in my cart for the longest time but eventually put it back because I had a feeling that I might already own it.  Yes, I do have a problem.  When I got home and took a good look at my shelves, I did in fact find a copy sitting there waiting to be read.  I probably bought this book originally because the main character is autistic and do hope to fit it in sometime soon.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?






44 comments:

  1. LOL it is SO easy to erm, accidentally, re-buy books. For a while I was so good about adding them to Goodreads once I bought them (tagged that I owned them) so I wouldn't do that. I'm a few years out of practice on doing that, though. lol

    Hope you have a good time with this one when you get to it!

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    1. I have bought more than one copy of the same book from the same book fair. I have learned that I have to go through my bag before I pay or I seem to do that. I am not great about marking books I own on Goodreads either.

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  2. I loved this book when I read it and the stage show, which is actually the version I now remember best, is absolutely brilliant. If you ever spot an NTlive encore screening, grab yourself a ticket!

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  3. Omg you must read it. I CRIED!
    I saw the play too, not as good

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  4. This is a new one to and it sure sounds like it would be an emotional read.

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  5. I would love to read this one as soon as my TBR pile goes down :)

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  6. This is on my TBR too! One day I will get to it.

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    1. If only I could actually get to some of the books on my tbr pile!

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  7. Yep! I've done that one before. Thank goodness Amazon warns me when it comes to Kindle books.

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    1. I have some duplicate kindle copies as well from buying different editions of the same book. It is a sickness.

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  8. I've re-bought books before, but I'm USUALLY pretty good at knowing what I have. haha I've read this one and really loved it!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I am terrible about it and cover changes make the problem so much worse!

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  9. I'd like to read this one eventually but I know I'd probably never get over the dog being dead. I'll wait to you read it and let you guide me on this one :)

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    1. Not really sure what I think about a dog dying to be honest.

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  10. I really liked this book. It’s surprisingly funny. I hope you read it soon!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Good to hear you liked this one, Aj!

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  11. I haven't read the book but I hope you like it.

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  12. I have this on my wishlist. I've been seeing it on my local bookstore every time I go there but I always get distracted by other books... I'll definitely get it soon.

    Awesome feature. I'll definitely do this next week :D

    czai @ the Blacksheep Reader

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    1. I hope you enjoy it once you get the chance to read it, Czai!

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  13. lol, I do that sort of thing too, Carole. The trouble with me is that I would've bought twice or perhaps even three times! I think I have a copy of it on audio somewhere . . .

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    1. I am trying to learn after buying so many duplicate copies, Laurie!

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  14. first time I hear about this one but interesting title

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  15. I mostly buy a book twice when I go to used bookstores. I love that Kindle stops me from doing that on Amazon. I have not read this book, but I had read that blurb before so I know I've seen it around. I would be so upset about the murdered dog, I don't know how I would get past that. And then for people to think he did it? I would be throwing my book..Not really. So maybe not for me, but I hope you get a chance to read and enjoy it.

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    1. I am better about not buying duplicate copies but it still happens. I have even been able to buy different editions of the same kindle book. I have issues but I shouldn't run out of reading material.

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  16. I know I've owned this book at least once and have been meaning to read it since it came out. I hope you do get to it soon so you can let me know if I should read it!

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    1. I have books that I owned, donated, and then bought a second time. This might be one of them.

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  17. have not heard much about it, looks interesting, hope you get to it

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  18. I liked this book when I read it-lots of funny things I felt bad at laughing at but I felt it did fade towards the end a bit.

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    1. I am glad to hear that you liked it, Chuckles!

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  19. Oh my goodness - I have not bought this book, had never even heard of it. I'm not sure I'll read it, but it sounds heart-wrenching for sure. I'll be keeping an eye out for your review. No pressure or anything... ;)

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    1. I will try to work it in but it might get a bit more shelf time :)

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  20. I've heard a lot about this one, and I've been interested in it because of the autistic character as well.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I do hope that the character with autism is done well.

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  21. I love this feature! <3

    This is a book I've heard of, but not one I've added to my TBR. People would come in asking for it ALL THE TIME when I worked at a bookstore, so maybe it's great!

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I do remember that it was very popular a few years ago.

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  22. Oh this is a backlog book for me too which has been in my TBR pile for a while now! I do want to read it as well, seeing as it is a much loved classic. Hopefully we will both get to it sooner rather than later.

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    1. I have had this one on my shelves for a while!

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